3/31/1928 - 5/13/2002
9th Dan Aikikai. Being an Iwama native, Morihiro Saito started training in Aikido in 1946 and became not only a student, but a close confidant of O-Sensei for the following 23 years. After the founder's death, he was put in charge of the Iwama dojo and became the guardian of the Aiki-shrine. Today, he is also known for his books, his clear and structured way of teaching, and the organization of the huge number of techniques that comprise Iwama-style Aikido. It is through Saito Sensei's timeless Iwama style techniques, that the teacher and students of Austin Iwama Aikido will always remember him.
6th Dan Aikikai. The Founder and Chief Instructor of Westlake Village Aikido.