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KONDO, YOJI 近藤ゆうじ

(b. 1933). 6th dan Tomiki Aikido-JAA, 1989 [rank authenticated]; studied judo as a university student in Japan. Ph. D. University of Pennsylvania. Astrophysicist; professor, University of Pennsylvania, and George Mason University; Director, IUE Satellite Observatory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Co-author of several science fiction novels under the pen name, Eric Kotani. Began TOMIKI AIKIDO in the early 1970s at the Karl GEIS School of Judo in Houston, Texas under visiting instructor Riki KOGURE. In 1978, moved to Columbia, Maryland where he began to teach aikido. Instructor of the Columbia Aikido and Judo Club since 1979. Columbia Aikido & Judo Club, Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia, MD 21044 USA (301)730-6744.