Shihan (Nanadan) is founder and chief instructor of Boulder Aikikai . He began his study of aikido in 1968 at the aikido club of Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, of which Saotome Sensei was the chief instructor. Upon graduation, he trained regularly at Honbu Dojo and at Saotome Sensei’s Remeijuki Dojo. In 1978 he followed Saotome Sensei to the U.S. and in 1980 established Boulder Aikikai. He is a frequent guest instructor at aikido seminars in the U.S. and abroad.
Shihan (Nanadan) began Aikido training under Abe Seiseki Shihan in 1974. At age 24, he became a live-in student of Abe Shihan. From 1996 to present day, he has been director and head instructor of Suisenkan Aikido Dojo in Suita, Japan. He instructs full-time in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. As a longtime student of Abe Sensei, calligraphy teacher of Osensei, Kinoshita Sensei studied calligraphy as well as Aikido with Abe Sensei.
Sensei (Rokudan) began an Aikido club with Kinoshita Sensei as a high school student in 1974. At that time he also became a student of Abe Seiseki Sensei. To deepen his understanding of Aikido he also studied Tai Chi, Chinese Kung Fu, Jeet Kin do and other martial arts. The period that he studied with Abe Sensei was the same as for Kinoshita Sensei. Kato Sensei began teaching Aikido in 1980 and has generated many students.