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CRANK, VIRGIL

(b. c. 1934). Early American instructor of YOSHINKAN AIKIDO. First taught by Eugene COMBS and Tom CORZINE in the late 1950s in Lawndale, California. Crank was the first person promoted to 1st dan by Corzine and he opened the Lomita School of Aikido c. 1961. Among his students in the early 1960s were Walter Foster, Mits Yamashita, Victor Kato and Stanley PRANIN. Crank later entered the military and taught aikido in Vietnam and Laos.

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