Angier sensei is the Soke, inheritor by direct succession
of a classical ryuha, of Yanagi ryu Aiki Bugei of the Yoshida
han. Angier sensei was bequeathed Yanagi ryu by Yoshida Kenji
sensei the son of the famous Yoshida Kotaro. The fact that
an ancient samurai ryuha has been inherited by a hakujin is
unique. Angier sensei is one of the foremost teachers and
practitioners of ancient samurai arts in the world.
the legacy of the Samurai traditions of the Yoshida han has
been his life's work. He has been called by such notables
as Stanley Pranin, editor and Publisher of Aikido Journal/Aiki
News, "a martial arts genius".
I have had many excellent teachers and coaches over the last
40 years, I would like to give credit to Don Angier sensei
for giving me the insights and knowledge that have shaped
my art. His has been the greatest single influence on my martial
sensei's life long dedication to learning and teaching an
obscure and ancient martial tradition has preserved precious
knowledge that without his dedication and diligence would
have been lost forever. I would not be able to do what I do
without his instruction, knowledge and guidance over the years.
None of us stand alone and the preserving and passing on of
knowledge is a sacred trust that in Angier sensei's case has
been well kept. Thank you sensei.