The 1964 State Aikido Instructors Seminar

The third state Aikido instructors seminar was held at Andrews gym( One block away from my house!) in Hilo, Hawaii. Since 1959, the late Koichi Tohei, Ki No Kenkyukai founder then chief instructor of Aikido headquarters arranged for the state instructors to receive special training every three years in various locations. The picture of the seminar is very interesting for several reasons. The first being that this is long before the split in 1974 so there are all the top instructors of Aikido in Hawaii in this picture ( I realize that some of the early instructors are not in this picture such  Kazuto Sugimoto). Unfortunately, the Chief instructor of the Hilo Aikido club Takashi Nonaka Sensei (Currently 8th dan Ki no Kenkyukai) is not pictured due to being ill. Second, everyone in the picture is smiling! This is quite unusual as with most early pictures of Aikido portrait  a serious or tough demeanor. Being that this was Hawaii, I have heard that Koichi Tohei was more approachable and relaxed here rather than Japan. Perhaps he wanted to reflect the harmony and Aloha he felt when he came to Hawaii in this picture. In my own opinion this picture captures everything about Aikido in Hawaii when i first saw it. This also was the first time I saw my Grandfather in his prime (Takeshi Yugawa) in an Aikido picture. I don’t have much information on the seminar other than Ralph Glanstein’s interview here If anyone has more information or corrections on names please let me know.

Front row L-R – Tokuichi Segawa(1918-1989)- Hilo dojo, long time Children’s instructor, Onuma, Hirano, Yamamoto( These three instructors I think were from Japan), Shinichi Suzuki (1917-2009)- Head instructor Wailuku Aikido Dojo then Maui Ki Aikido , Koichi Tohei (1920-2011) Then Chief instructor of Aikido headquarters founder of Ki Society, Yukiso Yamamoto (1904-1995)Former Judo instructor Chief Instructor of Hawaii, Bishop Gyokuei Matsuura- (1911-2008) Kona Aiki dojo and Kyodu Sensei, Dr. Yorio Wakatake (1907-1990) Then president of Honolulu Aikido dojo, Takaji Ishida Sensei (1904-1996) Former Judo instructor, later established the Central Pacific Aikido Organization, Nobu Fujitani Sensei- Kauai instructor Kapaia Hongwanji Aiki Dojo

Second row L-R-  Palk ?, Furukawa Sensei , Sadato (?)Horiuchi Sensei, Thomas Ishihara Sensei Honolulu Aikido Dojo, Ogawa Sensei,  Katsumi Yano- Honolulu Aikido Dojo, Richard Hirao- Owner of Nisshodo Candy store, Honolulu Aikido Dojo, Richard Iwane Sensei,Kenneth Kawamura Sensei, Sadao Yoshioka Sensei- Became chief instructor of Aikido of Honolulu in 1970, Created the Hawaii Aikido Federation, Meyer Goo Sensei- Hung gar kung fu and Lua instructor, Honolulu Aikido Dojo, Matsukawa Sensei, Takeshi “Grown” Yugawa (1920-2005)- Head instructor of Hakalau Dojo.

Third row L-R- Seiichi Tabata-Currently Chief instructor of Honolulu Ki Society, Murakami Sensei, Noriyasu “Cisco”Matsumura Sensei- Honokaa Aiki Dojo, Kanemoto Sensei, Yasuo Iwasa Sensei- Hilo and Olaa Aikido instructor, Kazuo Takaki- Hilo and Olaa instructor, Clyde Takeguchi- Olaa member, Currently founder and director of Capital Aikikai, William Ahana Sensei, Ralph Glanstein Sensei- Honolulu Aikido Dojo, later founded the Windward Aikido club, Lloyd Nakagawa Sensei- Lihue Christian Church Aiki Dojo, Barbara “Bobbie” Mehoula- Wailuku Aikido dojo on Maui, Charlie Oka Sensei, Sakai Fujimoto Sensei, Nishimura sensei,

Fourth row L-R Henry Horii Sensei- Former President of the Hawaii Aiki kwai, Honolulu Aikido Dojo, Chun Sensei , Takamoto Sensei, Sueichi Kawashima Sensei- Judo and Aikido Head instructor Honokaa Aiki Dojo,  Sugai Sensei, Sueo (?)Sakamoto Sensei, ?, ?, Hajime “Jimmy” Uyeki- Mr. Territory body building champion 1947,1948,1958, Hilo dojo, later Pahoa and Hilo Daijingu dojo, James Lindo Sensei, Nobou  Tengan Sensei, Minoru Gushiken Sensei, Michael (?) Samura- Hakalau Dojo

Fifth row L-R Alan Gusukuma Sensei- Hilo or Mountain view?, Hisashi (?)Kimura- Kona Aiki Dojo, Isa Sensei, Stanley(?) Hashimoto, Robert Kuniyoshi Sensei, Yamauchi Sensei, Dr Denis Teraoka Sensei- Retired Dentist, WW II vet Honolulu Aikido dojo, Takahashi, Saito, Saito, Matsuura, Yoshida

Sixth Row L-R Yanagizawa, Kanda Sensei, Kimura, Miyashiro, Robins, Ralph Uyema ( Possible misspell), Haruo Sato Sensei, Robert Aoyagi Sensei (1920-2010) Chief instructor of Aikido of Honolulu, Howard Sato Sensei- Former Chief instructor Aikido of Honolulu, Isamu(?) Takaki Sensei, Yodogawa Sensei, Callahan Sensei, Takaki, Earl Takeguchi- Olaa dojo, Jack (?)Ouye- Hakalau Dojo

(Aikido of Honolulu, Wailae dojo and Honolulu Aikido dojo are the same)

Special thanks to Kenneth Kimata sensei for the picture and Takashi Nonaka Sensei for information about the seminar.