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Hitohiro Saito

Hitohiro Saito Shihan, 6th dan, began his Aikido education at the tender age of seven under the direct tutelage of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. He continued this training under O'Sensei until the master's demise in 1969, at which time he automatically continued his learning under O'Sensei's chief disciple, his own father, Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. During this period, he attended various schools to study religions of all denominations, in particular the Omoto-Kyo religion, this religious path was the same taken by O'Sensei and which aided the latter in the development of Aikido. It was also during this period as well that Hitohiro schooled in Sendai, training under Hanzawa Sensei, and practicing in Osaka with the famous calligraphy teacher and Aikido student of O'Sensei, Abe Sensei.

Until his father's demise in May 2002, Hitohiro Saito taught weekly in the Tokyo dojo and trained constantly in the Iwama dojo. There are many technical photos in the late Saito Sensei's five volumes of "Traditional Aikido" which portrays Hitohiro not only in the displaying of techniques, but also as a technician as well.

Hitohiro is the only son of Morihiro Saito and the heir apparent to his father's legacy. He has not only managed to maintain the quality and structure of Iwama Ryu, but also excels at being a dedicated father to his five children. Hitohiro has earned the respect and admiration of his peers in his own right, and commands the highest respect within his community through his many years of charitable contributions and community service.

Hitohiro Saito Sensei, 6th dan and founder of the Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai in Iwama, Japan, has taught thousands of foreigners serving their apprentiships in this mecca of Aikido, the Iwama dojo. Devoted to preserving the spiritual and technical tradition of O-Sensei's Aikido, Hitohiro has established a reputation for unparalleled technique and teaching methods. He conducts worldwide annual seminars in the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Portugal, Turkey and the Middle East.

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