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Old 12-26-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jan 2003
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Re: Is Tohei the only one…?

Hilary Heinmets wrote: View Post
A question for the scholars of Aikiweb. It is well documented that Tohei upon arriving in Hawaii had to reformulate his mechanics to deal with 300lb Samoans, and (I assume) to a lesser extent, large Americans. Did any of the other shihans responsible for spreading Aikido to the west publicly acknowledge their own "reformations" or is Tohei unique in that respect?
Shuji Maruyama sensei is very forthright about his early experiences in America. You can read about them in his own words here. Scroll down to the paragraph that begins with "1966 - ".


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