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Abe Seiseki Sensei Passes Away

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Abe Seiseki Sensei Passes Away

Postby Francis Takahashi » Thu May 19, 2011 11:58 am

Abe Seiseki Sensei Passes Away
Posted 2011-05-18 11:41:03 by Jun Akiyama
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Abe Seiseki sensei has passed away on May 18th, 2011 at the age of 96. He was both a student of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba as well as his calligraphy teacher. He was awarded 10th dan verbally by the founder, although the Aikikai only recognized him as 8th dan.

Our condolences go to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

Seiseki Abe
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Seiseki Abe (阿部醒石 Abe Seiseki?) (March 1915 – 18 May 2011, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese shodo and aikido teacher who had a unique relationship with aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, being both his student in aikido and his teacher in calligraphy.[1]

He was introduced to the art of calligraphy by his father in 1934 and became a shodo teacher in 1948, teaching in his hometown of Osaka. Finding himself in a sort of spiritual crisis early in his calligraphy career, he started training in misogi under Kenzo Futaki, director of the Misogi no Renseikai ("Misogi Training Society"), who happened to be a former student of Morihei Ueshiba. Futaki advised him to learn aikido.[2]

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