Akimoto Fumio

Grandmaster Kimura Masaharu (Masaji) Sensei was born on 3 February 1901. Grandmaster Tanemura Tsunehisa Shoto Sensei : "The first time we met, he looked exactly like Grandmaster Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei. He took a look at me and told me that I looked like Grandmaster Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei as a young man. It seems to be that Deshi (personal students) pick up the look or feeling of their teacher. Now that I’ve been together with Grandmaster Sato Kinbei Sensei for a while, when people see us, they mistake us for father and son. I am happy to know about that !".

At 17 years old, the young Grandmaster Kimura Masaharu Sensei joined the Dojo of Grandmaster Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei and had to respect the 3 following rules : no liquor, no smoking, no fights ! He trained hard in Hontai Yoshin Takagi Ryu Ju-Jutsu and Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu in which he received Menkyo Kaiden (Grandmastership) at the age of 36. He lived also in Kashihara, near by the house of Grandmaster Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei and was able to train and spar with him almost every day.

He is considered as the second most accomplished student of Grandmaster Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei. He has witnessed Grandmaster Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei’s true fighting style as someone grabbed at Takamatsu Sensei’s shoulder and was thrown, flying across the room. Grandmaster Takamatsu Toshitsugu Sensei once told him : "Ju-Jutsu is not for fighting, it is something you must develop for your life during the entirety of your life".

Grandmaster Kimura Masji Sensei passed away on the 14th of January 2000. He was 100 years old and died due to illness.