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(b. 20 September 1936). 8th dan Aikikai, 1990. Aikikai Shihan. B. Tokyo. Entered the AIKIKAI HOMBU DOJO as an UCHIDESHI under Morihei UESHIBA in 1954. Established his own dojo in Kodaira in 1969. Responsible for aikido clubs of Meiji University, Saitama University, and Tokyo Economics University. Teaches abroad regularly in Taiwan, Finland, Sweden, Canada (Calgary), the Nishida Dojo in Brazil, and Germany (Aikikai). Participated in FRIENDSHIP DEMONSTRATION I in 1985. Presently heads a group of more than 80 dojos mainly in the greater Tokyo area and is Director of the Aikido Saitama Federation. Kobayashi Dojos received an award for excellence as an organization from the Nihon Budo Kyogikai in 1987. Kobayashi was awarded a medal by the Brazilian government in 1988. Interviewed AN#70. Kobayashi Dojo, 582 Higashi-machi, Gakuen, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo-to 187 Japan (0423)41-0376.

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