Re: Interview with Aikido Shihan Yasuo Kobayashi - Part 2
I had the privilege of meeting Kobayashi Soshihan a couple of months ago when he conducted a seminar in San Diego. He visited our dojo in Vista and spent a couple of hours with Ken MacBeth Sensei and a number of our senior students. With him was Stephen Toyoda Sensei, President of AAA and Kasahara Sensei.
This was very informal and social visit and I frankly expected him to be a rather distant sort of person. On the contrary, he was warm and friendly, full of laughter and just a really nice individual. His personality was so very obvious and inviting. I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but he is simply a nice guy and fun to be around. It was a honor to spend time with him that evening. Oh yeah, his aikido is pretty darned impressive too.