The late Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei (1933-2010) was an aikido legend in France where he lived for over 45 years, and in the rest of Europe as well. He began his training at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo about 1953 as an uchideshi. He soon became a junior instructor and a favorite uke of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Tamura Sensei was dispatched to France where he taught aikido for the remainder of his life.
There is no question that he was one of aikido’s elite technicians. There was a dynamic quality to his art, a palpable, electric air when he executed techniques. Tamura Sensei was also an outstanding swordsman having studied iaido for many years.
This video clip captures his performance at the 1978 Second Convention of the International Aikido Federation held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tamura Sensei’s greatness is immediately perceivable in this 8mm footage. The uke is Malcom “Tiki” Shewan. There is a remarkable scene when he executes a sword-taking pin and sends his opponent’s weapon flying. Very interesting, and very martial!
Once again, we would like to thank Francis Takahashi for gifting this video for the benefit of the larger aikido community.
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