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(b. 10 February 1925). B. Yubari City, Hokkaido. First taught by Kodo HORIKAWA in 1963 in Kitami, Hokkaido. Received 7th dan from Horikawa in 1974. Okamoto was promoted to shihan by Horikawa in 1978. He separated from the KODOKAI to found Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu ROPPOKAI after moving to Tokyo in 1977. Okamoto's art is characterized by rapidly executed aiki techniques with a minimum of body movement on the part of the defender. The technical repertoire of the Roppokai represents a departure from the traditional Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques of Sokaku TAKEDA. Okamoto is the author of two books (see bibl. ) and two videotapes on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and travels regularly to Denmark and Italy to conduct seminars. See Pictorial p. 86. Roppokai, 1-16-2-203 Fujimi, Tsurugashima, Iruma-gun, Saitama-ken 350-02 Japan (0492)87-0421.

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