My Aikido Interlude

Robert Smith was an American judoka training at the Kodokan in 1961 when he attended the Aikikai to prepare for a judo test. There he had a memorable encounter with Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido. Smith was also present at the famous judo tournament in San Jose, California in 1953 when Koichi Tohei took on five powerful judo competitors at the same time!

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