Rare video of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei in France

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This is a rare video of Hirokazu Kobayashi (1929-1998), 8th dan, taken in the 1980s in Germany. Kobayashi Sensei began aikido training in the early 1950s in Osaka. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba would frequently visit his Osaka Dojo. Kobayashi also spent some time studying in Iwama in the early 1950s. He also had a close relationship with Kenji Tomiki and Tetsuro Nakayama in Osaka.

This is a rare video of Hirokazu Kobayashi (1929-1998), 8th dan, taken in the 1980s in France. You will witness a very high level of aikido here in this clip. Kobayashi Sensei was personally very devoted to Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and would often serve as the Founder’s uke when the later came to Osaka.

Hirokazu Kobayashi (1929-1998)

Hirokazu Kobayashi (1929-1998)

Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei began aikido training in the early 1950s in Osaka. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba would frequently visit his Osaka Dojo. Kobayashi also spent some time studying in Iwama in the early 1950s. He also had a close relationship with Kenji Tomiki and Tetsuro Nariyama in Osaka.

Kobayashi Sensei frequently traveled to Europe, notably France, Italy, and Germany, during the summer months to conduct seminars. He still has a large following in Europe headed by André Cognard Sensei.

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1 Comment
  1. Gerald says:
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    The front credit mentions Thonon Les Bains as location, that is on the French side of Lake Geneva. The contact address at the end title is actually in Germany.

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