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Old 12-08-2006, 03:26 PM   #1
Dojo: aikido of morgantown
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 42
kanshu sunadomari sensei


i'm looking for some information on kanshu sunadomari sensei. i have the one book he has published in english (enlightenment through aikido), have read the interview in aikido journal (at least as much as i can get without being a member of aikido journal), and have watched the clip with him in it on aikido journal. i'm curious about his style, what and how he teaches (both external and internal, as well as spiritual), etc. any information actually would be great. also, any other videos of him around? anyone know of any plans to translate more of his writings?

are there any folks in the states who have trained with him? anyone teaching his style in the states?

also, i can not read or understand japanese... so i realize i am limited in what i can actually get from available material.


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Old 12-09-2006, 01:33 AM   #2
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Dojo: Seibukan Aikido UK
Location: body in UK, heart still in Japan
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,030
Re: kanshu sunadomari sensei

Hi Jeff,

I have the same book, and also have a couple of the Friendship videos purchased from Aikido Journal. I can't remember if he's on both, but he is certainly on one of them for about 20 minutes or so.


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Old 12-09-2006, 08:29 AM   #3
Jorge Garcia
Dojo: Shudokan School of Aikido
Location: Houston
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 608
Re: kanshu sunadomari sensei

At http://www.budovideos.com/shop/custo...ing=sunadomari
there are some books and videos. I have the videos that are listed here in three parts. They are mostly of him lecturing so if you want to see Aikido, avoid these. There is a new one further down the page listed as a demonstration by him and some of his top students that I may buy myself.
My teacher, Hiroshi Kato Sensei told me that on the very first day started practicing Aikido, his partner for the hour at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo was Sunadomari Sensei. He said it was a pretty rough hour for him. Of course, that was his first day though!
Best wishes,

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Old 12-09-2006, 12:31 PM   #4
Dojo: Messores Sensei (Largo, Fl.)
Location: Florida
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,267
Re: kanshu sunadomari sensei

FWIW, a biography of Osensei. Not Kanshu but Kanemoto...

http://www.aikidojournal.com/article...ng= en&page=4

Don J. Modesto
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:44 AM   #5
Dennis Hooker
Dojo: Shindai Dojo, Orlando Fl.
Location: Orlando Florida
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 456
Re: kanshu sunadomari sensei

Jeff Miller wrote:


are there any folks in the states who have trained with him? anyone teaching his style in the states?

also, i can not read or understand japanese... so i realize i am limited in what i can actually get from available material.


One of my old students has been living near and studing with him for several years now. His name is Dennis Clark

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Old 12-17-2006, 12:26 PM   #6
Jon Sharp
Dojo: Bath Aikido Society
Location: The Westcountry, UK
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 10
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Re: kanshu sunadomari sensei

I used to live in the area where Sunadomari sensei is based i.e. South Kyushu and visited some of the Manseikan dojos there. It is seperate from the Aikikai as I was led to believe and has a 'local' feel to it.

Out of the 2 dojos I visited, 1 was a v.small suburban dojo, and the style of training involved a lot of of specialised warm-ups that I had never seen before. ( I had trained in a standard hombu-style for a couple of years). They involved large tai sabaki from different forms of attacks in a continuous progression. Also interestingly they had a gyaku-hanmi katatedori exercise where they would look to move the point of contact laterally to the side (without any stepping) by focussing on the contact point, in a completely amuscular way (I hope that makes sense!)

The other dojo was a university dojo so less of the middle-aged lifers, and a lot more flying. i watched a demonstration where the movements where very large and circular/dynamic. The attacks did seem contrived and very generous, but these were only uni kids. My personal take on it - and I base this from extremely limited contact was that some of the techniques seemed over complicated, as to say, there was almost an extra turn or sweep, which kinda felt superfluous at times.

My own aikido was iwama stlye so there was a contrast in what I was doing at the time, so please take my opinions in context. Obviously Sunadomari sensei was a reasonably well known figure (in aikido circles anyway) and I gather that his own technique is famously dynamic and kokyu-oriented.

Hope this helps

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