On Mitsunari Kanai Sensei

Mitsunari Kanai has been and always will be an inspiration for me. I discovered him quite by accident on a trip to Los Angeles for a gasshuku some 8 years ago. I had recently returned from Japan seeking the essence of O-Sensei’s teaching and found myself disillusioned at what I had actually encountered. Lacking any clear-cut notion of what direction to take in my Aikido, I walked into the Los Angeles Aikikai and saw a short, strongly-built young Japanese man with long wild hair combined unseemingly with a somewhat detached look and was immediately overcome with interest.

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