Endo sensei is one of the last living uchi-deshi of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei. He began studying aikido in 1963 at Gakushuin University under Hiroshi Tada Shihan, and later senseis Mitsunari Kanai and Yasuo Kobayashi. Upon entering the Aikikai in 1967 as one of the last uchi deshi, Endo sensei also returned to his alma mater to teach aikido. Well known for his ukemi and athleticism, Endo sensei was one of the primary ukes for Kisshomaru Doshu, Koichi Tohei Sensei (10th dan), Kisaburo Osawa Sensei (9th dan), and Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei (9th dan), all prevalent teachers at the Hombu Dojo around that time. In 1977 Endo sensei dislocated his right shoulder and was unable to practice. This event turned out to be a turning point in his aikido path. Yamaguchi sensei said to him, "You’ve been doing aikido for 10 years now, but now you have only your left arm to use, what are you going to do?" This question began Endo sensei thinking that the way he had been practicing up to that point was somewhat limited. So rather than taking classes from all the shihan at the Hombu, as he had done previously, Endo sensei began focusing on Yamaguchi sensei's classes exclusively. As he worked to "remove the power" from his technique, many of Endo sensei's peers wondered what he was doing. He would simply tell them he was trying to practice a different way, and then ask them to help him by taking ukemi even if his technique didn't work. Gradually, Endo sensei began to understand Yamaguchi sensei's teaching and was able to throw his partners even when they resisted him. This set the foundation for the "style" of aikido that he would become known for. Today Endo sensei travels all over the world teaching aikido and is internationally known for his subtle, dynamic, and powerful style of aikido. He strongly emphasizes maintaining a mental state of clarity when practicing, as well as learning the basics in solid form (kihon waza) before exploring more flowing techniques (ki-no-nagare). At the foundation of his teaching is the importance of how to connect to your partner, referred to as "ki-musubi". Endo sensei's teaching explores the use of energy and relaxation of the body with flexible movements and a calmness of the mind at all times.
It is with great excitement that we welcome Seishiro Endo Shihan to Orlando (for the first time) for a seminar that has been in the making for many years. Students of all levels and all affiliations are invited to come and experience Endo sensei's unique and dynamic practice. This year's event will be held at the Winter Park Community Center. Hotels, B&B's, and a multitude of restaurants are located around Winter Park's famous "Park Avenue" are suggested for out-of-town visitors. Many eateries will be within walking distance of the venue and will be easily accessible during the Saturday afternoon lunch break. The Saturday night party will be held at the home of Dan Dease. Details, maps and directions will be available soon.
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