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Seidokan Aikido Communicator, August 2011 (Part 1)

Seidokan Aikido Communicator, August 2011 (Part 1)

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"Past, present, and future" and camp insights.
"Past, present, and future" and camp insights.

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As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Seidokan , I thought it would be nice to first review the past, present and future. The following information wasfound in the Seidokan Instructors manual.
Seidokan Aikido
Sensei Roderick T, Kobayashi (6
Dan in Aikikai Aikido and Shinshin ToitsuAikido) founded Seidokan Aikido in March of 1981, after resigning from the KiNo Kenkyukai.
Seidokan is a system of Aikido which, in accordance with the founder‟s teach-
ing, balances the study of the defensive arts with the study of the principles.
Among Seidokan‟s objectives are the study and analysis of the founder‟s doka
(dojo poems or sayings). At Seidokan, we are dedicated to relating these say-ings to the practice of Aikido technique and to applying the principles to ourdaily lives.At a Seidokan dojo, instructors grow along with their students. As studentslearn the basics from their instructors, the instructors deepen their own un-derstanding of Aikido. Thus through earnest, realistic, and sincere training in-structors and students can realize the true meaning of Aikido together.Although currently independent of Japan, Seidokan was recognized by MasterKisshomaru Ueshiba (the late Doshu and chairman of the Aikikai in Tokyo,Japan).
Seidokan Past:Kancho Roderick T. Kobayashi Seidokan Aikido Founder
Roderick T. Kobayashi
was born in Hawaii and raised in Japan by his grandfa- ther who was a Buddhist priest. Kobayashi Sensei was 5 years old when hewas sent to Japan. This was prior to World War II. His interest in learning thehistory and philosophy of 
(Japanese martial arts) may have been startedbecause of this. Imagine being an American born Japanese child in Japan be-fore and after WWII. Sensei faced bullies and street gangs as a child in Japan.Upon his return to Hawaii at the age of fourteen, he was held back in highschool because of language problems. He joined the Army, after graduation,where he became a helicopter mechanic.
Seidokan Aikido Communicator
August 2011
Past, Present, and Future
Organizaonal, Structure
Camp Insights
New Beginnings 30
Upcoming Events and TapeOrders
Inside this issue:
Page 2
He was first introduced to
by his father who had great a influence in inviting 
MasterKoichi Tohei
, then Chief Instructor of Aikido at the Aikido World Headquarters in Japan, to Hono-lulu in 1953. However, his formal training in Aikido did not start until 1957, after his 3 years of military service. His first teachers at the Hawaii Aikikai were masters:
Yukiso Yamamoto
, and
Isao Takahashi
. These masters were the first students of 
Tohei Shihan
, the fore-most authority on Aikido and Ki in the United States. Each of these masters was unique in hisown way, and had a great influence in Kobayashi's understanding of Aikido and Ki.Kobayashi's training with Master Tohei began in 1961. He trained under Tohei Sensei wheneverpossible in Japan, Hawaii and the continental U.S. He received his Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in 1962, Nidan (2nd degree) in 1965, and Sandan (3rd degree) in 1966. After becoming afull time professional Aikido instructor in the fall of 1968, he was promoted to the rank of Yon-dan (4th degree). He was also appointed as one of only two non-Japanese nationals to receive the rating of 
Hombu Shidoin
, instructor of Aikido for the Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Ja-pan. He assumed the responsibilities of the
President and Chief Instructor of the WesternStates Aikido Federation
until 1974. He was promoted to the rank of Godan (5th dan) in Janu-ary, 1972. In September 1973 Kobayashi was promoted to Rokudan (6th degree), or master teacher.As Master Tohei organized the
(Ki Society International) in 1971,Kobayashi was one of the most outspoken supporters of the Ki training programand the applications of the Ki principles in Aikido and daily life. In January, 1973he was appointed as
(full lecturer) of the Ki-no-Kenkyukai and received the certificate of 
(certification of completion of the innermost training inKi).In May, 1974, when Master Tohei founded his own system of Aikido,
ShishinToitsu Aikido
, Rod Kobayashi began assuming the responsibilities of both theChief Lectureship of Ki Development and the Chief Instructor of Shinshin ToitsuAikido of the
Ki Society Western USA
.Kobayashi began lecturing for the Physical Education department of the
Califor-nia State University, Fullerton
in 1972. His goal was to establish a program at the University, which would develop and certify well-trained instructors of Aikidoand Ki.Kobayashi strongly believed that Aikido instructors in the United States should be trained in theUnited States. To that end he founded the Aikido Institute of America in 1970. The teaching methods at the Aikido Institute of America were designed for developing instructors. The in-structors who are trained at the Institute are fully qualified to instruct the principles and the techniques of Aikido. Furthermore, the Institute emphasizes the application of the Aikido princi-ples in daily life.In March, 1981 Rod Kobayashi resigned from the Ki Society International and branched out toestablish his own system of Aikido:
Seidokan Aikido
. Seidokan Aikido emphasizes the balancedpractice of principle and techniques. The purpose of the system is to further develop Aikido so that it is better suited for the modern way of life.
Seidokan Aikido Volume 1, Issue 4
Page 3
Seidokan Present:Kanshu Minoru Kobayashi (regretfully edited for brevity)
Personal Background Mrs. Minoru Kobayashi was born to a kyu ka (old family), in a small village, on the island of Sado,which is located in the Sea of Japan. Due to her father's work as a school principal, she and her sib-lings would change schools every few years. However, she ended up graduating from the high schoollocated on Sado Island. She then moved to Tokyo to attend college, Showa Women's University, and
continued to live there after graduating with her Bachelor‟s in Nutrition and a Certificate in Teaching 
and Administration (principal level) at the Middle School and High School level.
Mrs. Kobayashi‟s first job was working as an Executive Secretary to the head of the Engineering De-
partment for Fujimori Kogyo Co,. Ltd., for 2 ½ years. Due to the long distance it required her to travelon a daily basis, she chose to leave this company to work in the Accounting/Human Resource Depart-ment and also the Sales Department at another company closer to her home, Kanko Kogyo Co.,Ltd. She was employed as a direct assistant to the Heads of these two departments for about 10years. During this time, she also worked directly under the company President. Back in the 1960's,most women in Japan were relegated to subservient roles with little authority, so it was virtually un-heard of for her to hold such positions and work with upper management. She took advantage of  these opportunities and gained a great deal of experience from working at these two companies,which in turn helped her greatly in her future.Meeting Tohei Sensei and the formation of Ki no KenkyukaiWith the passing of Aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba, Tohei Sensei decided to resign from the AikikaiHombu and create his own path. He, along with five of his Yudansha began searching for office
space. (This is where her boss and the company President of Mrs. Kobayashi‟s second job, Kanko
Kogyo Co., Ltd, came into the picture.) Her boss belonged to a professional's group and this groupdecided to support Tohei Sensei. Her boss temporarily lent out the second floor of his warehouse toTohei Sensei to set up his office, this lead to an open house for the office employees. Regular clas-ses were then held at the Tokyo Olympic Center Gym. Due to her boss' connection with Tohei Sensei,she had the chance to personally meet and practice under him.Mrs. Kobayashi and nine other individuals from her company were sent to practice with Tohei Sensei.After about two years she was the only one left from Kanko Kogyo that continued to practice.With the completion of his office in Tokyo and the summer months approaching, Tohei Sensei madeplans to continue his yearly seminars in Hawaii. The students, Mrs. Kobayashi included, formed asupport group and wanted to send with him a gift of some type. In order to indicate whom the giftwas from, they came up with the name Ki no Kenkyukai or the Ki Society.
The first Doshu (Leader of the Way) (O Sensei‟s son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba) accepted Seidokan Aikido
as a legitimate system of Aikido. He and Kobayashi Sensei agreed that they shared the same goalsand accepted the same fundamental principles of Aikido.In February, 1989, Rod Kobayashi and his associates organized the
Seidokan Institute, Inc.
, a non-profit California corporation to share the principles of Seidokan Aikido to those who wish to learn them
Seidokan Aikido Volume 1, Issue 4

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