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|Born||April 25, 1948|
Pasadena, California, USA
|Died||March 6, 2007|
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, USA
|Other names||Daniel Furuya|
|Residence||Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, USA|
|Style||Hombu Aikikai Aikido, Iaido|
|Teacher(s)||Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Mitsunari Kanai, Morihiro Saito, Koichi Tohei, Sadateru Arikawa, Seigo Yamaguchi, Kazuo Chiba|
|Rank||6th 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 . 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.
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”
- "Kensho Furuya Interview July 2004". Budo Videos. July 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
- *Thornberg, Barbara (2006). L.A. Lofts. San Francisco : Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811851725.
- "Harmony in the Face of Change". www.rafu.com. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
- Furuya, Kensho (1996). Kodo Ancient Ways. Black Belt Communications. ISBN 978-0-89750-136-1.
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