Aikido Kobayashi Dojo

Professional instructors

KOBAYASHI, Hiroaki

KOBAYASHI, Hiroaki
Origin:
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:
Kodaira. Tokorozawa, Tachikawa, Kami-Itabashi, and Tanashi.
Specialties:
Skiing, Playing at cup-and-ball toy, Ukulele.

7th dan Aikikai.
Hiroaki Kobayashi dojocho started aikido at 3 as the first member of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo.
When he was in a college, he 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 coillege, he stayed in Indonesia for 2 and a half years to teach aikido as a JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) aikido instructor. He then stayed in Poland for half a year to teach aikido, again as a JOCV aikido instructor.
As the dojocho (the head of dojo) of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, he is governing instructors section of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo.
He is fluent in Chinese, Indonesian, and English.
He spends time outside of Japan, a few months a year in total, for aikido instruction.


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MASUDA, Manabu

MASUDA, Manabu
Origin:
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.
Masuda shidoin joined Aikido Kobayashi Dojo when he was a first grader in elementary school.
He was a good friend to dojocho (then a nursery school child), practicing together.
When he was a university student, he helped kids class as an assistant instructor.
After school, he worked several years in a major housing sales company. Then, from 1989, he lived in Tokorozawa dojo for 3 years as an uchideshi (a live-in apprentice).
While being as an uchideshi, he experienced instructions in foreign countries such as Germany and Northern Europe.
He married to a nurse who was a member at Tokorozawa dojo.
He was the former editor in chief of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Newsletter.
He is also the dojocho of Aikido Masuda Dojo.


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KOYANAGI, Shunichiro

KOYANAGI, Shunichiro
Origin:
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.
Koyanagi shidoin joined Aikido Kobayashi Dojo when he was a second grade in junior high school.
When he was a university student, he was helping in kids classes.
He worked as an optician for two years.
There, he became one of the best salesperson in the company, and rewarded a Hawaii trip for his exceptional achievement.
Then he decided to become an uchideshi, althogh the company asked him to stay. He then started to living in Tokorozawa dojo as an uchideshi.
Although for short a piriod of time, he experienced instructions in Germany, Hungary, Northern Europe, and in the United States.
Because of his background on philosophical studies, he is better at explaining aikido techniques than soshihan.
He married to an ex-member of Saitama University Aikido Club whom he met when he was a university student.
He weighs about 0.1 ton (due to his happy marriage?).
He is the first of the Kobayashi Dojo Instructors Enlargement Project.


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YAMAWAKI, Hisashi

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

6th dan Aikikai.
Yamawaki shidoin played an active role in a trading company and Japan International Cooperation Agency as an interpreter / translator in Africa.
He 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, he became an Aikido Kobayashi Dojo member at Honkawagoe dojo. He practiced aikido in France as well.
Following his heart, he built a log cabin and wooden dojo by himself in Tsumagoi village.
Because of his abundant experience, he 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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Kasahara, Yuji

Kasahara, Yuji
Origin:
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.
Kasahara shidoin started aikido when he was studying as a college student in the United States.
Originally, he was aspiring to be a United Nations official. However, he decided to go back to Japan because he became hooked on aikido.
In order to make time for aikido practice, he became a temporary worker at a logistics company.
Before becoming an uchideshi at Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, he was practicing at Hombu dojo on weekdays and at Tokorozawa dojo on weekends.
In February, 2003, he started living in Tokorozawa dojo as an uchideshi and stayed there for 3 and a half years.
Soshihan is very happy to have him 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, he is the editor in chief of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Newsletter and the Web master.


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KOBAYASHI, Mikio

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

7th dan Aikikai.
In 1969, Mikio Kobayashi shidoin witnessed a demonstration by Yasuo Kobayashi soshihan at Aikido Kobayashi Dojo opening ceremony.
As a high school student, he was impressed by that demonstration, so he started practicing aikido.
He trained mainly at Kodaira dojo, but also trained at newly opened dojos such as Higashimurayama Renshinkan dojo and Tanashi dojo.
He opened Kitamoto dojo in 1986.
As an electrical mechanic, he experienced many business trips.
Within Japan, he onced lived in Ehime and Hyogo.
Outside of Japan, he visited Kenya, Indonesia, China, East-Germany, etc.
He kept aikido training all through these years.
He was a licensed electrical technician and spent most of time working as a mechanic.
However, he decided to be an aikido instructor and entered the instructors section of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo.


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KOMINE, Fusako

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

5th dan Aikikai.
Komine shidoin became an Aikido Kobayashi Dojo member in January 1978.
She loves trekking in the mountains.
As a licensed cook, she once lived in a mountain hut (Takezawa hutte in Kamikochi) for 2 seasons to serve meals for trekkers.
She started instructing aikido in 1992 when a new dojo started at Tachikawa.


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