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Kokusai Aikidō Kenshūkai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ha (国際合気道研修会小林裕和派) is the school of aikido propagated by Hirokazu Kobayashi (1929–1998) (not Yasuo Kobayashi) disciple of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969). Hirokazu Kobayashi's teaching abroad focused on several European nations including France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Poland, and these countries formed the core of his independent style.
After the death of Kobayashi in 1998, this school is led by Andre Cognard. In addition to Europe, Kobayashi Aikido is practiced in South Africa, Indonesia, India Belarus, Russia Ukraine, Mexico and Colombia.
There are several differences between the Kobayashi style and the other Aikido styles such as Aikikai. The most striking of these are the Suwari Waza (seated techniques) and the amount of stress on Aiki Taiso exercises. There are also subtle and significant differences in the different Tachi Waza techniques as well as Jō/Bokken sequences.
- Andre Cognard: 'L'esprit des arts martiaux' Albin Michel Publications, France, 2003, ISBN 2-226-13684-3
- Andre Cognard: 'Civilisation et arts martiaux, ou, Le noeud de la ceinture' Albin Michel Publications, France, 2000, ISBN 2-226-07993-9
- Robert Gembal: 'Aikido. Edukacja ciała i umysłu' Wydawnictwo Bernardinum, Poland, 2004, ISBN 83-920710-0-X