Interview with Hiroaki Kogure Sensei: Part Two

Unlike the old days when there were many opportunities for real fighting, in our peaceful modern society there are few chances for testing one’s martial abilities, and there is a real danger of losing an understanding of the martial origins of techniques. Kenji Tomiki, Founder of the Japanese Aikido Association, introduced competition into aikido in order to pursue the cultivation of character by nurturing the budo spirit in an environment which includes competition.


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