Kenjiro Yoshigasaki was born in Kagoshima, a port city on the southern tip of Kyushu, and studied later in Tokyo. There he got to know Aikido by chance. In 1977 he accompanied Koichi Tohei as Otomo and Uke to Europe. He settled in Brussels and taught first Ki and then Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido as part of the Ki no Kenkyukai.
Summer seminar in Empoli 1979
Koichi Tohei and Kenjiro Yoshigasaki, taken from a group photo.
At that time Yoshigasaki Sensei was already 4th Dan and technically absolute top class. He was also fit in terms of condition, he was able to complete all 30 Taigi (precursor of the tsuzukiwaza) one after the other as Uke. Tohei taught in English and was translated into Italian by Maurizio Volpe.
Many participants of the course already had experience in other styles of Aikido and were surprised how many explanations Tohei Sensei could give until one was finally allowed to practice a technique again.