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Old 05-04-2011, 08:38 AM   #174
Diana Frese
Dojo: Aikikai of S.W. Conn. (formerly)
Location: Stamford Connecticut
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Re: Are we really doing O'Senseis Aikido?

Shapiro Sensei was our senpai at special class for foreigners (which included jo and ken ) at Hombu dojo, taught by Saotome Sensei, who was already planning to write a book. Saotome Sensei's mini-lectures at the little coffee shop after class were the beginnings of his book, Aikido and the Harmony of Nature. Shapiro Sensei translated for us, and helped explain the Shinto concepts. His other teacher was Hikitsuchi Sensei of Shingu. Some of the French students at Hombu visited Hikitsuchi Sensei from time to time.... Hikitsuchi Sensei was, officially or unofficially, a Shinto priest .... Thanks for the reference to Shapiro Sensei's dojo website, I will look it up...

Shapiro Sensei, along with Laurin Herr, accompanied Hikitsuchi Sensei on his tour of several American cities in 1977 when Hikitsuchi Sensei held seminars and memorial ceremonies for O Sensei . His devotion to O Sensei and his demonstration of Aikido techniques and his explanations of basic concepts and purification exercises impressed many here also ....
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