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Yoshinkan Aikido was founded by Gozo Shioda a student of Morihei Ueshiba Sensei (O-Sensei), the Founder of Aikido. Yoshinkan Aikido began in 1955. Yoshinkan Aikido headquarters (Honbu Dojo) is now located in Kami-Ochiai, Shinjuku Tokyo and offers students the chance to study intensively alongside Tokyo's riot police.

Facilities: Indoor matted training facilities and changing rooms.

Overview

Yoshinkan Aikido began in 1955 at a Dojo in Tsukudo-Hachiman, Shinjuku Tokyo. Now, the headquarters (Honbu Dojo) are located in Kami-Ochiai, Shinjuku Tokyo. The All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Federation and International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation were founded in 1990, both of which are now led by Yasuhisa Shioda the son of the founder. All of these organizations contribute to the spread of Yoshinkan Aikido not only in Japan, but all around the world.

Gozo Shioda Sensei is the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. Previously Gozo Shioda a student of Morihei Ueshiba Sensei (O-Sensei), the Founder of Aikido spent 8 years with Ueshiba Sensei, dedicating his life to follow Morihei Ueshiba Sensei and mastering Aikido. Yoshinkan Aikido runs a full-time intensive training course open to international students so as to learn Yoshinkan Aikido in the true spirit of Yoshinkan founder Gozo Shioda. The Senshusei Course provides participants upon successful graduation, a Shodan degree, and Instructor's License (able to grade to 4th kyu). Please note however, the course curriculum is considered very difficult and intense.

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Rosie Slater, England
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As well as get you into the best shape of your life, and give you excellent foundations for a most fulfilling art, the Senshusei course above all allows you to know yourself better. On one hand, the course pushes you past what you think are your physical limits, and you discover new ones for yourself, realise that you are capable of more than you thought. On a spiritual level, and through the weekly essays, the course allows you to reflect deeply on yourself, on your behaviour, reactions, and perceptions, and gives you a platform to change the things about yourself that you don't like. It is also a rare opportunity to just do Aikido. Every day, week after week, discovering a better way to move your body, you knees, hips, or arms, to breathe, as you become, slowly, step by step, a little more effective. If you love Aikido now, you will learn to love it more, marveling at its seemingly endless layers and complexities, and the feeling of it, its flow. The course is not comfortable, it is hard work. But as they say when you get there: "you will get from it what you put into it". Its rewards are truly great if you embrace the challenge.
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Benjamin Boas, U.S.A
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BenjaminDoing the senshusei course means 11 months in an authentic and grueling training environment with some of the top teachers in the world. The course took me from being someone who didn't even know how to tie his own belt to the point where I can now serve as a model for others. Looking back it's still amazing to see that this transformation happened in less than a year. I'd recommend it for anyone who knows what they're getting into."
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Tomek Gaertner from Norway
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Tomek Initially, I signed up for the course to build strong basics and experience budo in Aikido, I found both and I could have never imagined I would find so much more. Not only at the dojo, but also surrounded by such a totally different culture - one of modesty, mutual respect, kindness and unbelievable dedication. Same on the mats, I was pushed beyond what I thought were my limits and slowly begun to push myself even further - it takes some time to realise that any limit is where one decides it is. Before I noticed it the "Senshusei attitude" was there even beyond the dojo - "go forward and do your best" - a simple philosophy which often seems to be forgotten. Training under the best people there are makes one realise how long the chosen path is and no matter how much is behind there is also much more still ahead. It leaves an important image to aspire to, passion and devotion certainly worth spreading further. A difficult year, definitely an "enjoyable hell" and I know I would have never traded it off for anything else! It was simply great!
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Aikido Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in Tokyo is a fully equipped dojo with two training rooms, one small and one big as well as showering and changing facilities. The School has an extensive list of highlevel instructors who are capable of teaching both absolute beginner with no experience and those who have trained in Aikido before.

Aikido Yoshinkan has a long history and excellent reputation for teaching Aikido. At the school students can choose from a number of courses from general courses, childrens classes to special intensive or specialized classes.

Uniquely Aikido Yoshinkan offers an International Senshusei Course has been designed in the true spirit of Yoshinkan founder Gozo Shioda. Upon graduation, participants will earn a Shodan degree, and Instructor's License (able to grade to 4th kyu). However, the course curriculum is considered very difficult and intense and the application process is vigerous. Each year a maximum of 10 students are allowed to take part in this course where students train alongside Tokoyo's highly trainned riot police. The International Senshusei Course begins from the beginning of April each year.  

 

Gozo Shioda Sensei was born in 1915. His farther, Dr. Seiichi Shioda was known as a famous doctor and a patriot. Gozo was his second son. When Gozo Shioda sensei was 18, he became a student of Morihei Ueshiba Sensei (O-Sensei), the Founder of Aikido. He spent 8 years with Ueshiba Sensei, dedicating his life to follow his Sensei and mastering Aikido. After World War II in 1954, the Life Extension Society held an All Japan Martial Arts exhibition, where Gozo Shioda's demonstration was highly praised and he received the highest award. This was a very important event because Aikido was noticed by Japanese society. Aikido Yoshinkan People rapidly became interested in Aikido. After 1 year from the Exhibition, Japanese business leaders supported Gozo Sensei to establish Aikido Yoshin-kai, and The Yoshinkan Dojo. Gozo Shioda Sensei worked hard throughout his life spreading and developing Aikido for 40 years since the founding of Yoshinkan. On June 17th, 1994, after medical treatment, he peacefully passed away. Shioda Gozo's Aikido has been passed on to many instructors, who are now trying hard to spread Yoshinkan Aikido all over the world, with many

Biography 

Born September 9th 1915 Tokyo, Yotsuya.
1932Began training under Morihei Ueshiba Sensei
1941Graduated from university. Assigned to an administrative position during WW2. Was posted to China, Taiwan and Borneo.
1946Returned to Japan
1950Began teaching Aikido
1954Entered the All Japan Kobudo demonstration and won prize for the most outstanding demonstration.
1955Established Aikido Yoshinkan
1957Developed Senshusei program for The Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
1961Received 9th dan from Morihei Ueshiba Sensei.
1983Received the rank of Hanshi from the International Budo Federation
1985Received 10th dan from the International Budo Federation
1988Was recognized for service to aikido by the International Budo Federation
1990Established the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation(AYF) together with his son Yasuhisa Shioda.
1990Established the International Senshusei program to help develop International Yoshinkan Instructors.
2008Yasuhisa Shioda established the AYF, Aikido Yoshinkai Foundation, to unite the Domestic and International Communities of Yoshinkan Aikido in memory of his father's dream. Passed away on July 17th 1994.

Honbu Instructors

名前:竹野髙文 ★ Name: Takafumi Takeno ★ 役職・称号:Highest Shihan Dan:9
名前:安藤毎夫 ★ Name:Tsuneo Ando ★ 役職・称号:Chairman Shihan Dan:8 Honbu  
名前:千野 進 Name: Susumu Chino 役職・称号:Dojocho Dan:8  
名前:乗木雅彦 Name:Masahiko Noriki 役職・称号: International Manager/Shihan Dan:6 Honbu
名前:木村 孝 Name:Takashi Kimura 役職・称号:Shihan Dan:8 Honbu Instructors
名前:ジャック・パイエ ★ Name: Jacques Payet ★ 役職・称号:Shihan Dan:7
名前:大越康一 Name:Kouichi Okoshi 役職・称号:Shihandai Dan:4
名前:清水裕久 Name:Hirohisa Shimizu 役職・称号:Manager/Instructor Dan:4
名前:柳原哲平 Name:Teppei Yanagihara 役職・称号:Instructor Dan:3
名前:内川直哉 Name:Naoya Uchikawa 役職・称号:Instructor Dan:3
名前:鴫原さおり Name:Saori Shigihara 役職・称号:Instructor Dan:3
名前:栃谷 仁 Name:Hitoshi Tochitani 役職・称号:Instructor Dan:3
名前:大石真理子 Name:Mariko Oishi 役職・称号:Assistant Instructor Dan:2
名前:川崎大輔 Name:Daisuke Kawasakii 役職・称号:Assistant Instructor Dan:2

 

Aikido Yoshinkan Training Details. 

General Course 
This is the general course. Basic standing techniques, kneeling techniques, applied techniques, and weapons techniques are practiced.

Basics Course
This class is for beginners. From the basic stance up to the 4th kyu level are practiced.

General Senshusei Course
This class is recommended for those who seek intensive training and want to become stronger. Training is done alongside the International Senshusei.

Kenshu Course
This class is recommended for those who want to understand deeper into the techniques. Since the classes have only a few people, it is close to a personal lesson.

Slow Course
This is a class for beginners. Regardless of age, anybody can practice and enjoy aikido at a slow pace.

Children's class
Children train to have good posture and etiquette. We accept children from age of 4 years old. Parent-childParent and child learn the basics of aikido together. We accept children from age 4 until 6th grade in elementary school.

International Senshusei Course
In a 11 month program, students of the program learn the true spirit of Founder Gozo Shioda Sensei's Yoshinkan Aikido. Students aim to receive a Shodan (1st degree black belt) and an Instructors License (able to grade students up to 4th kyu).

Special membership
Holder of a special membership is able to train in all classes of General Courses, General Senshusei Course, and Kenshu Course.

Corporate Membership
Aimed for corporations/foundations who want to make a special contract for training. With a Corporate registration and annual fee, a minimum of 2 members of the corporation/foundation may train alongside the general members at a reasonable price under the contract. As a benefit program for the corporation, we recommend for all corporations/foundations for maintaining good health.

Further information on the International Sensuhusei Course. 

International Senshusei Course

Learn Yoshinkan Aikido in the true spirit of Yoshinkan founder Gozo Shioda. Upon graduation, participants will earn a Shodan degree, and Instructor’s License (able to grade to 4 th kyu). However, the course curriculum is considered very difficult and intense. Participants are expected to have strong spirit, strong fitness, and follow instructors with an honest, open mind.

Training Schedule (Tentative)

Tuesdays through Fridays
- 8:30 ~ 9:30
-10:00 ~ 11:30
-12:00 ~ 13:30

Saturdays
- 8:30 ~ 9:30
-10:00 ~ 11:00
-11:30 ~ 12:30

Sundays Day off Mondays Dojo closed

Yearly Schedule (Tentative)

- April Opening Ceremony
- May Spring vacation (one week)
- June First Examination
- July Gozo Shioda Memorial gathering
- August Second Examination Summer vacation (one week)
- September Summer camp
- November All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration
- December Shodan examination Winter Vacation (two weeks)
- January “Breaking of the mirror” ceremony
- February Final examination Graduation ceremony

Training Fees 


Entry Fees

Entrance fee10,800 JPY
Honbu Registration fee         3,240 JPY
Textbook fee1,500 JPY


Monthly Tuition


Types of Membership Adults Students
General 11,880 JPY      10,800 JPY 
1 Day Per week10,800 JPY9,720 JPY
Senshusei14,040 JPY14,040 JPY
Kenshu16,200 JPY16,200 JPY 


Children's Classes


Everyday Membership7,560 JPY
2 Days Per Week Membership        5,400 JPY
Parent Child Membership12,960 JPY


Fees for the International Senshusei


Tuition: 32,400JPY per month. There are extra costs besides monthly tuition. These costs include entrance fee (10,800JPY), registration fee (3,150JPY), testing fees, license fees, etc.

Special Membership


Special Membership       32,400 JPY 


Corporation Membership


Number of PeopleRegistration Fee      Annual Tuition     
2 Members51,400 JPY 205,715 JPY
Another Member Added     None102,800 JPY


Family Discount 


2 Family Members10% of total tuition
3 Family Members        15% of total tuition     

Only applies to tuition paid from the same bank account.

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