Aikido Kobayashi Dojo

Professional instructors

KOBAYASHI, Hiroaki

KOBAYASHI, Hiroaki
Birthplace:
Born in Kodaira, Tokyo
Graduated form Takushoku University, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Department of Chinese Language.
Graduated form Kyorin University, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies.
Dojos in charge:
Tokorozawa, Tachikawa, Kami-Itabashi, and Tanashi.
Specialties:
Skiing, Playing at cup-and-ball toy.

7th dan Aikikai.
As the first member of Kobayashi Dojo, started aikido at 3.
When in a college, 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.


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MASUDA, Manabu

MASUDA, Manabu
Birthplace:
Born in Kodaira, Tokyo.
Graduated from Chuo University, Department of Economics.
Dojos in charge:
Minamikoshigaya, Todahigashi, Yoshikawa, and Soka.
Specialties:
Applying the whole of his profound knowledge to wine, holding karaoke microphone for long period of time.

6th dan Aikikai.
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.
Former editor in chief of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Newsletter.
Aikido Masuda Dojo dojocho.


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KOYANAGI, Shunichiro

KOYANAGI, Shunichiro
Birthplace:
Born in Kodaira, Tokyo.
Graduated from Toyo University, Department of Indian Philosophy.
Dojos in charge:
Kodaira, Fuchu, Niiza, and Shimo-Takaido.
Specialties:
Cycling, Tennis.

6th dan Aikikai.
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 about 0.1 ton (due to his happy marriage?).
The first of the Kobayashi Dojo Instructors Enlargement Project.


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YAMAWAKI, Hisashi

YAMAWAKI, Hisashi
Birthplace:
Born in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Educated at Montpellier University, French Language Education Course.
Dojos in charge:
Higashimurayama, Tsumagoi, Tokorozawa.
Specialties:
Carpentry.

6th dan Aikikai.
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.


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KOBAYASHI, Mikio

KOBAYASHI, Mikio
Birthplace:
Born in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Dojos in charge:
Kami-Itabashi, Ikebukuro, Tokorozawa, Kitamoto, and Okegawa.
Specialties:
Magic, Gobang, Japanese chess.

7th dan Aikikai.
In 1969, witnessed the demonstration of Yasuo Kobayashi soshihan at Kobayashi Dojo opening ceremony.
Impressed by that demonstration, started aikido as 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.
Outside of Japan, went to Kenya, Indonesia, China, East-Germany, etc.
Kept aikido training all through these years.
Was a licensed electrical technician and spent most of time working as a mechanic.
However, decided to be an aikido instructor and entered the instructors section of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo.


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KOMINE, Fusako

KOMINE, Fusako
Birthplace:
Born in Ome, Tokyo.
Dojos in charge:
Fussa, Tachikawa, Fuchu.
Specialties:
Quilting, trekking, recently struggling to learn PC skills.

5th dan Aikikai.
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.


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Kasahara, Yuji

Kasahara, Yuji
Birthplace:
Born in Takamatsu, Kagawa. Graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dojos in charge:
Kodaira, Fuchu, Hoya, Kichijoji, and Wako.
Specialties:
Snowboarding, Perfume dance.

4th dan Aikikai.
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.
Before becoming an uchideshi, was practicing at Hombu dojo on weekdays and at Tokorozawa dojo on weekends.
In February, 2003, started living in Tokorozawa dojo as an uchideshi.
Soshihan is very happy because he writes letters and e-mails in English quickly.
Height: 1 meter and 90 cm. The second of the Kobayashi Dojo Instructors Enlargement Project.
Currently editor in chief of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Newsletter and Web site manager.


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