Part 3 – The Early Years in Britain No.3

Nothing is working ... As the days crawled by, I became increasingly more agitated and angry with my situation: There had been no change, no news from Mr. Logan regarding the progress of a dojo for me and no contact from any Aikido schools or other dojos in the country. I felt I was being … Continue reading Part 3 – The Early Years in Britain No.3

First class at Hombu after my arrival in Tokyo.

Leaving for Japan Summer 1977 In 1976, Chiba Sensei had been recalled to Japan from England by Hombu, which needed his linguistic capabilities as they sought to solve the problem of Aikido’s unruly development around the world. Back in Tokyo, he started to train in Iaido under the guidance of Mitsuzuka Takeshi at the police … Continue reading First class at Hombu after my arrival in Tokyo.

Part 3 – The Early Years in England No.2

A Hopeless Political Mess In late June 1966, about two months after my arrival in England, a long-awaited meeting between Mr. Logan and myself took place with the help of a Mr. Kimura, a Japanese interpreter and corporate man for Common Brothers Inc. – the company for which Mr. Logan was executive officer. It was … Continue reading Part 3 – The Early Years in England No.2

Part 3 – The Early Years in England No.1

My arrival at Heathrow Airport in London on May 5, 1966, signaled the end of my six-week journey. However, the troubles associated with that journey were not over yet, as I quickly encountered problems concerning my immigration status. After my luggage had been thoroughly turned inside-out, I was removed to a separate room to be … Continue reading Part 3 – The Early Years in England No.1

Fall 1970: A Discovery

I spent several months in Africa before returning to France. I was at the time a draft dodger, but was betrayed and welcomed into the Army with open arms by the infamous General Marcel Bigeard and his paratroopers. The disciplinary unit of this regiment, which numbered roughly twelve “non obedient” members, was given the “privilege” … Continue reading Fall 1970: A Discovery

New episode in the Series “A Life in Aikido” – Part II: En Route to Great-Britain, No.3

A new episode in the Series “A Life in Aikido” – Part II: En Route to Great-Britain, No.3 - The long trip taking Chiba Sensei to Great-Britain is finally ending after six weeks at sea and various incidents. Here he comes on an unknown land, inhabited by people who still resent the Japanese for their … Continue reading New episode in the Series “A Life in Aikido” – Part II: En Route to Great-Britain, No.3