Kuwamori Dojo had been a small local judo dojo on the outskirts of Tokyo when its headmaster associated himself with the Ueshiba family in the early 1950s. Judo continues to be practiced there to this day, but in addition, Honbu Dojo sent such teachers as Doshu, Nakazono, Tamura, Kuroiwa, and Yamaguchi to teach aikido. This was the first shibu (branch) dojo of the Aikikai, in contra-distinction to the more-or-less independent centers—such as Shingu, Iwama, and Osaka—which Ueshiba Morihei had established.

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