Kensho Furuya

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Kensho Furuya
BornApril 25, 1948
Pasadena, California, USA
DiedMarch 6, 2007
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, USA
Other namesDaniel Furuya
ResidenceLittle Tokyo, Los Angeles, USA
StyleHombu Aikikai Aikido, Iaido
Teacher(s)Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Mitsunari Kanai, Morihiro Saito, Koichi Tohei, Sadateru Arikawa, Seigo Yamaguchi, Kazuo Chiba
Rank6th Dan Kyoshi

Reverend Kensho Furuya, born Daniel Masami Furuya (April 25, 1948 - March 6, 2007), was an author, Sōtō Zen priest, and instructor of Aikido and Iaido.


Furuya began his training in Aikido a the age of ten and would go on to become a priest at Zenshuji Soto Misson under Bishop Kenko Yamashita in 1988. He was dedicated to traditional martial arts ideals and preferred to lead, "...a priestly life and prefer a quiet, solitary life."


A well known local of Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, Furuya dedicated himself to offering students a traditional Japanese martial arts education in an authentic environment. The culmination of his work in honoring traditional Japanese aesthetics and concepts could be seen in the construction of his Edo-style dojo, Aikido Center of Los Angeles. The dojo was featured in the publication L.A. Lofts, by Barbara Thornburg [2]. A recreation of many elements of the dojo can be viewed in Rush Hour 3.

Furuya was a regular blogger on his own website and a contributing editor and writer for Inside Kung Fu and Martial Arts Training. He was a featured instructor in the magazines Inside Karate and Martial Arts Ultimate Warriors and released a multi-DVD instructional series, Aikido Shoshinshu: The Art of Aikido.[3]

KODO: Ancient Ways

In 1996 several of the columns Furuya had written for Martial Arts Training magazine were published together in one book, “KODO Ancient Ways”[4]

External Links


  1. "Kensho Furuya Interview July 2004". Budo Videos. July 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  2. *Thornberg, Barbara (2006). L.A. Lofts. San Francisco : Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811851725.
  3. "Harmony in the Face of Change". Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  4. Furuya, Kensho (1996). Kodo Ancient Ways. Black Belt Communications. ISBN 978-0-89750-136-1.

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