6th Dan, shihan
Kenzo Egami was already a karate black belt in 1978 when he begun the study of Aikido with Kobayashi Hirokazu. He trained intensively with him and his closest students before moving to the United States of America where he would reside between 1987 and 1990. During this period of time he practiced Aikido at the New York Aikikai. To deepen his understanding of Aiki he also studied Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in the lineage of Takuma-kai. In 1997 he was sent to Europe (Italy and Spain) to supervise a growing number of dojo which would later join the Osaka Buikukai. Following the death of Kobayashi shihan, in 1998, he would assist Jiro Kimura shihan in his seminars in Italy, France, and Switzerland. In 2004 he moved to the US for the third time. Soon after settling in Los Angeles he established the “Aikido Los Angeles Buikukai” which has affiliated centers in both the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange County. In 2014 he permanently relocated to Osaka, Japan, where he studies and promote Kobayashi’s Aikido legacy. He visits his students in the US at least once a year, conducting seminars and promotion tests. The Aikido taught by Egami shihan is elegant and essential. His technique is short, compact and precise with as little movement offline as possible. A strong believer in pressure testing and training with proportionate resistance, his movements result in effective and powerful techniques and yet do not rely on strength or excessive momentum to execute.