Akagi sensei presented an hour-long lecture at our morning class today in which he discussed a few influential senseis in Japan following World War II. We enjoyed Akagi sensei's retelling of the famous exhibition match between Sonobe Hideo sensei (naginata) and Ooasa Yuji sensei (kendo), as well as a few anecdotes about Ooasa sensei, Mori sensei, and Noma dojo (Tokyo). We hope that Akagi sensei will come to share his knowledge and perspectives with us again and again. These mini-encounters with history help us to develop an appreciation for people and events that came before - and I think we need this in order to understand where we are, and how to make our way forward.
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