Yasuo Kobayashi: A Man of his Word by Stanley Pranin

My first meeting with Yasuo Kobayashi Sensei took place at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo in the summer of 1969. I was in Japan for a ten-week stay to practice aikido. On my arrival I carried with me two letters of recommendation, one for Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and the other for Koichi Tohei Sensei. Both letters described the purpose of my visit: to train in aikido, and to carry out research on the Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

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