The Chinese Connection (3)

SP:  We understand that Ueshiba Sensei went to Manchuria every year.

Shigenobu Okamura:  Yes, after Manchuria was established. He used to go there to get away from Japan….

SP:  Did O-Sensei go as far as Peking?

Shigenobu Okamura: Yes, he went to Peking, too.  He saw various Chinese martial arts. There are good martial arts in China.  Ueshiba Sensei was impressed by them.  Chinese came to our Kenkoku University and demonstrated various bujutsu. There is a wonderful bujutsu where you swing about a Chinese broad sword.

– – – Aikido Journal  interview with Shigenobu Okamura Shihan,  May 14, 1983

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