Takuto 匠人

Takuto is the name given to Mark Larson by Morihiro Saito Shihan in March of 2000.

Mark Sensei was told that Takuto『 匠人 』means LEADER–but is different than an ordinary leader. This type of leader receives a tradition, and austerely trains, maintains, instructs, and selflessly shares it with great vigor and spirit in order to keep that particular tradition alive. It is the preeminent leader (or teacher) to preserve a traditional way or craft (i.e. Traditional Aikido). Comparable to this, when it comes to a traditional craft, would be the master carpenter who is entrusted to build a Japanese shrine or temple.