The following article was originally published in Aikido Journal #113 in 1998.
“We must not break with the founder’s tradition just because people from abroad come here.”
Hitohiro Saito (40) was born in Iwama, where he started at the age of seven, studied under Morihei Ueshiba as a child, and continued learning from his father Morihiro Saito Shihan. Devoted to preserving the spiritual and technical tradition of O-Sensei’s aikido, Hitohiro has established a reputation for excellent technique and teaching methods in Japan, the US, Europe and Australia. We could feel his overflowing love and profound respect for his two masters (the founder and his father) during this exclusive interview.