Fukiko Sunadomari was born on May 9, 1914. She was also called Fukiko Sunadomari Sensei, the only woman who personally received the 6th Dan from the Founder; Fukiko was the sister of Kanshu Sunadomari Sensei and the monk Kagemoto Sunadomari.
Born into a family of faithful followers of the Omoto religion , she is the younger sister of Kanemoto SUNADOMARI , monk and student of Morihei UESHIBA from 1928 and elder sister of Kanshu SUNADOMARI , uchi deshi of the founder from 1941.
Towards the end of the 1930s, Fukiko began practicing martial arts by studying the naginata Jikishingake-ryu, a weapon similar to a spear with a curved blade.
The study led by Hideo Sonobe , considered the greatest expert on Japan and naginata n ommée Shihan in 1926 by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai . SONOBE Sensei had met Master UESHIBA in 1939 , during a demonstration in Manchuria and had been enthusiastic about his art.
She ran a private school and a dojo in the setagaya district of Tokyo and granted special permission to her students who wished to take aikido classes.
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