Masando Sasaki (February 1, 1929 – February 15, 2013) – was an 8 Dan Aikido Aikikai Shihan and a Shinto priest. Was an Otomo for the O-Sensei and been teaching in the Hombu Dojo.
Masando Sasaki was born in Nagoya, in a family with 6 children. His first steps in the martial arts were done during the WW2. He studied Sumo, Kendo and Jukenjutsu. In 1948, he lost a sight function for one of his eyes because of the nail accident on the carpentry he was working at.
As a young man, Sasaki had to do very different things to survive. He ran a book store, imported a paper to Tokyo and even joined a reserve of a National Police in 1950.
Graduation from Chuo University was followed by studies in a school of law. Masando Sasaki was looking to pursue a political career this time but ended up in the Japan Defense Agency as an Admission Officer.
The same agency was a place where he saw a first Aikido demonstration by the Kisshomaru Ueshiba in 1954. Shortly after Masando went to the Hombu Dojo and met Morihei Ueshiba.