In memory of Hiroshi Kato Shihan
"On the 2nd of December Hiroshi Kato Shihan passed away after a very brief illness.
He had just returned from a series of seminars in Holland, Scotland and the U.S.A.. He kept a very active schedule right up to the last days of his life, spreading his very special aikido, and his vision of what O Sensei taught. He was amongst the last of a dwindling number of direct students of the Founder.
He was a kind and generous human being as well as being highly skilled. He taught with joy and humour but always with an inner core of true budo. He was a warrior in the best sense of the word.
It was an honour and a privilege to be associated with this great teacher and we will continue to practise in the spirit of what was given. We shall miss him deeply."
Alec Corper Dojo Cho Itten Suginami Dojos
Welcome to Itten Suginami Dojo
We practise Aikikai Aikido and Shinkendo.
Itten means 'one point' and refers to the idea of being physically and mentally 'centred'.
We are traditional in the sense that we practise Budo, not sport. The emphasis is upon the development of an integrated individual, respectful towards others and self, and skilled in the practise of 'living'. Technical proficiency should go hand in hand with the maturing of the mind and the emotions.
Our Martial Arts are Do, which in Japanese means 'a path or way'. This is a path that has no end, even after the body begins to age and wear out, development is still possible.
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