Personal history of Seigo Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Sensei
13 April 1924 Seigo Yamaguchi was born in Fukuoka Prefecture
October 1943 Joined the army for the World War II although he was a student
October 1945 After the end of the War, he went back to home.
March 1946 Graduation from Hiroike-gakuen (now University)
October 1949 He passed the first national senior officer examination of Japanese Government
1950 Having been presented to Morihei Ueshiba Sensei ( Ueshiba Sensei : O Sensei), he became Uchi-deshi of O Sensei and hereafter he specialized in aikido until the end of his life.
July 1958 As a national mission he officially taught Aikido to Burma ; now Myanmar National Army, for two years. It was Japanese national cultural mission but also part of compensation for the formar War.
1961-1996 Back to Japan. He taught Aikido in the central dojo (Honbu dojo) and other dojos.
At the Honbu Dojo he often conducted special seminars for those who are upper graded people. He sometimes gave lectures to the professional Japanese baseball teams.
Besides the Honbu dojo, he gave lessons at Universities and other private dojos.
Among these dojos, Zoshukan (at Shibuya: Central Southwest part of Tokyo) was the most important private dojo where membership was limited and the surface of the dojo is Floor.
1977-1995 He started to organize seminars in Europe, where Paris, Mannheim(Germany), and Oxford were principal places. University of Mannheim established Aikido course and it officially invited him.
In 1990 video recordings of his budo were made in Paris, Oxford, Mannheim, and Munich in week-ends seminars.
Sometimes Yamaguchi Sensei went to South America such as Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. He also visited the United States in New York and Hawaii.
30 May 1992 30th AIKIDO Demonstration. Budo-kan in central Tokyo
1994 70 years old and memorial seminars were planned and organized. These special seminars were held at Kamakura and Katsuta in Japan. Mr. Takeda and Mr. Koibuchi and other young people took major roles as organizers.
24 January 1996 Seigo Yamaguchi passed away at home although he taught Aikido just two days before at the dojo.
1996 The funeral ceremony was organized by his family at Taisoji temple in Shinjuku and more than 1000 people came to the ceremony during two days. Thank you for your kindness for coming.
Memorial demonstrations were organized at Kamakura, Meiji University, Nagoya University and Katsuta.
1998 News: Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei

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