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SATO, KEISUKE

(13 May 1907-17 October 2001). Kyoju dairi in Daito-ryu aikijujutsu. B. Semi, Yamagata Prefecture. Began practicing judo while a middle school student. While preparing for his university entrance examination in Kyoto, studied judo intensively at the Butokuden. Later, received a 2nd dan in judo directly from Jigoro KANO at the Kodokan. After enrolling in Takushoku University in Tokyo, took up the study of karate under Gichin Funakoshi and also devoted himself to zazen practice. About 1929 in Semi, first met Sokaku TAKEDA and became an enthusiatic student of Daito-ryu in his hometown. Certified as an instructor by Sokaku in 1935. Not active in martial arts after his training was interrupted by military service.

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