The great masters: Masando Sasaki (Part 2)

Find out the beggining of the story HERE.

As an active nationalist, he founded an espionage school in the early ‘60s. He invested all of his own money, borrowed several hundred thousand yen more for this project and got discovered by the CIA.

Strangled by debts he left for the mountains where he met one of his teachers in the face of Tempu Nakamura. The last one was a martial expert and his advice to our hero was to go deeper with the Aikido.

Sasaki joined again in 1964. Soon after, his teacher, Nobuyoshi Tamura had to go to France and left Sasaki with the Saturday morning classes to lead. In addition to those, Masando was teaching at the Josai and Yamagata universities, and private Dojos.

A follower of Shinto ascetic practices, Master Sasaki integrated to the Ichikukai Dojo and became a priest of the Yamakage San’in Shinto stream in 1976. He gave Shinto teaching courses and specific training in Japan and abroad. In 1995, Sensei inaugurated Tamura’s Shumeikan Dojo in France.

Overall, Shihan spent 43 years with the Aikikai and then left to open a private Dojo in Saitama. Yoshiaki Yokota and Yukimitsu Kobayashi are only starting a list of his students. He authored 15 books about the traditions, history, philosophy of Japan and was known for his laughter.

At the end of each class, Sensei asked everyone to laugh loudly which is not a usual practice.

Source: Facebook/Aikido

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