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Korindo

Korindo

Korindo is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budo) that combines classical jujutsu, traditional weaponry, and the early teachings of Morihei Ueshiba. Although referred to as a style of aikido, Korindo is a unique martial art based on Hirai Sensei's understanding of body movement (taisabaki). Korindo's taisabaki consists of seven basic forms or kata that are practiced both solo and with a partner. These unique taisabaki can be practiced empty-handed or with a sword, short staff, or spear.

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Minoru Hirai and Korindo Aikido

Minoru Hirai (1903 -1998) was born in Okayama Prefecture in March of 1903. From an early age he began the study classical martial arts. In 1914, at the age of eleven, Hirai began studying Togun-ryu under his grandfather-in-law and enrolled in Okumura Nito-ryu in 1918. Hirai Sensei later went on to cross train in various martial disciplines and is known to have studied Takenouchi-ryu, Kito-ryu, and Suburi-ryu.

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