A photo portrait of Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, taken during his last USA visit (2000)

“Morihiro Saito: The Master’s Final Legacy”

morihiro-saito-inspirational-posterI snapped this photo of Morihiro Saito Sensei during a seminar he taught in Rohnert Park, California, on his last visit to the USA sponsored by Hans Goto Sensei. Sensei was conducting a weapons class outdoors on the lawn, and I took this shot as he was observing his students practice. His gaze is peaceful and serene.

I added the following caption: “I consider it my duty to correctly transmit O-Sensei’s teachings as I was taught in Iwama.” I feel that this quote from Saito Sensei is key to understanding his technical orientation and pedagogy and his total dedication to Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

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Stanley Pranin


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