As the first member of Kobayashi Dojo, started aikido at 3. When in school, visited the Solomon islands, Papua New Guinea, and Iwo Jima as a volunteer member of Japan Youth Memorial Association (a student organization that intend to collect remains of Japanese war veterans).
After graduating from school, stayed in Indonesia for 2 and half years to teach aikido as a JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) aikido instructor, then stayed in Poland for half a year to teach as a JOCV aikido instructor.
As Dojocho (president) of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, governing instructors section of Kobayashi Dojo.
Fluent in Chinese, Indonesian, and English.
Staying outside of Japan, in total, a few months a year for aikido instruction.
Joined to Kobayashi Dojo when he was a first grader in elementary school. Were good friends in dojo with fuku-dojocho (then a nursery school child), practicing together.
When he was a university student, he helped kids class as an assistant instructor.
After school, worked several years in a major housing sales company. Then, from 1989, lived in Tokorozawa dojo for 3 years as an uchideshi (a live-in apprentice).
While being as an uchideshi, experienced instructions in foreign countries such as Germany and Northern Europe.
Married to a nurse who was a member at Tokorozawa dojo.
Succeeding editor in chief of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Newsletter.
Aikido Masuda Dojo dojocho.
Joined to Kobayashi Dojo when he was a second grade in junior high school. When he was a university student, helped kids class.
Worked as an optician for two years. Became one of the best salesperson in the company, and rewarded a Hawaii trip for his exceptional achievement.
The company asked him to stay, but he became an uchideshi and lived in Tokorozawa dojo.
Although for short term, experienced instructions in Germany, Hungary, Northern Europe, and some parts of the United States.
Because of his background on philosophical studies, better at explaining aikido techniques than dojocho, yet advised by dojocho often not to be over-excited easily while teaching aikido.
Married to an ex-member of Saitama University Aikido Club whom he met when he was a university student.
Weighing over 0.1 ton (because of his happy marriage?).
The first of Kobayashi Dojo Instructors Enlargement Project.
Played an active part in a trading company and Japan International Cooperation Agency as an interpreter and as a translator in Africa. Has many rare experiences such as being almost taken into custody by a rebellion army in Congo during its civil war era.
After returning to Japan, he was teaching French.
In 1983, became a Kobayashi Dojo member at Honkawagoe dojo. Practiced aikido in France as well.
Following his heart, built a log cabin and dojo by himself in Tsumagoi village.
Because of his abundant experience, is able to give valuable advices to other instructors who sometimes tend to be ignorant to the world.
Tsumagoi dojo is surrounded by woods, and there are hot springs located nearby: a suitable place for an aikido camp in group. The dojo can be used as a lodging as well, so it is advised to members and friends of Kobayashi Dojo to make the best use of it.
In 1969, witnessed the demonstration of Kobayashi shihan at Kobayashi Dojo opening ceremony. Impressed at it, and started aikido then. At that time, was a high school student. Trained mainly at Kodaira dojo, but also trained at newly opened dojos such as Higashimurayama Renshinkan dojo and Tanashi dojo. Opened Kitamoto dojo in 1986.
As an electrical mechanic, experienced many moves and business trips. Within Japan, went to Ehime, Hyogo. Out of Japan, went to Kenya, Indonesia, China, East-Germany, etc. At the same time, kept aikido training all through these years. Was a licensed electrical technician and spent most of time working as a mechanic, but decided to be an aikido instructor and entered the instructors section of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo.
Became a Kobayashi Dojo member in January 1978.
Loves mountain trekking. As a licensed cook, lived in a mountain hut (Takezawa hutte in Kamikochi) for 2 seasons to serve meals for trekkers.
Started instructing aikido in 1992 when a new dojo started at Tachikawa.
Started aikido when studying in the United States.
Wanted to be a United Nations official, but decided to go back to Japan because he was hooked on aikido.
In order to make time for aikido practice, became a temporary worker at a logistics company. On weekdays, practiced at Hombu dojo. On weekends, practiced at Tokorozawa dojo.
Since February, 2003, living in Tokorozawa dojo as an uchideshi, and started his training as a shidoin from April of that year.
Dojocho is very happy because he writes letters and e-mails to dojos overseas in English quickly.
Height: 1 meter and 90 cm. The second of Kobayashi Dojo Instructors Enlargement Project.
Finished live-in training in July 2006, and currently lives in Iruma, Saitama.
Started to learn that it requires to make a lot of efforts to keep dojos running.