Tadayuki Satoh began his study of Budo at an early age. His father, Gohatiro Satoh, was an 8th Dan in Judo, a peer of Jigoro Kano and a contemporary of such famous judoka as Mifune, Nagaoka and Kenji Tomiki. Satoh’s father sent Tadayuki to study at Waseda University and learn from Tomiki. When he first enrolled in Waseda, Satoh trained in both Judo and Aikido, but in his second year of college he made the decision to focus solely on Aikido. From the time of his enrollment to Tomiki’s death in 1979, Satoh would spend Sundays having tea and training with Tomiki. Satoh was appointed to be Shihan of Aikido at Waseda University in 2007, a post that had been vacant for over 20 years since Tomiki’s death. Satoh is a 7th Dan and a Professor of Budo and Humanities at Waseda University.
In recent years, Satoh has been passionate about exposing the world to the connection between Kodokan Judo and Tomiki Aikido and to help a new generation both understand and appreciate the true intent of Kano’s Judo as well as the immense contribution Tomiki made in his research and fusion of the principles and techniques of Kodokan Judo and Aikido. Due to Satoh Sensei’s unique history and connection to both the founder of judo as well as Tomiki Aikido, he is uniquely qualified to teach on the original tenets of each art as well as their historical and technical connections.
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