Aiki Expo

The Aiki Expo events were major aikido seminars sponsored by Aikido Journal and conceived and organized by Stanley Pranin that gathered together many high-ranking teachers from Aikido, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, classical Japanese martial arts, and karate. The events included both seminars and demonstrations and encouraged participants to cross-train in other disciplines. Aiki Expos were held in […]

Aiuchi 合打

Mutual strike or cut. Sword term used to describe the circumstance where two swordsmen strike each other simultaneously. In AIKI KEN terminology, often used in contradistinction to AINUKE where neither swordsman can strike or is struck by the other.

Kiyoshi Watatani

Martial arts historian. Co-author of the massive reference work Bugei Ryuha Daijiten (Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Schools). This Japanese-language work, published in 1978, contains a record of most of those persons having received the KYOJU DAIRI from Sokaku TAKEDA and a lineage tracing the arts derived from Daito-ryu aikijujutsu.

Sadao Yoshioka 吉岡貞夫

(c. 1923-19 January 1990). 6th dan Aikikai. Began training in Hawaii in mid-1950s. A pioneer of aikido in Hawaii, Yoshioka opened the Nuuanau YMCA Aikido Club in 1959. He participated in the creation of the INTERNATIONAL AIKIDO FEDERATION in 1976 and was a shihan in the Hawaii Region of the UNITED STATES AIKIDO FEDERATION. Yoshioka […]

Yanagi Ryu Aikijujutsu 柳流合気柔術

A little known jujutsu form taught by Kenji Yoshida, son of Kotaro YOSHIDA, in the U. S. This art is a modified form of DAITO-RYU AIKIJUJUTSU and includes the use of such weapons as daggers, swords, and spears. The present headmaster is Don ANGIER, Yoshida’s leading student, who presently instructs in southern California. Yanagi-ryu Aikijujutsu, […]

Katsumi Yonezawa 米沢克巳

(6 May 1937). B. Hokkaido. 7th dan Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu-Kodokai. Junior high school teacher. Fluent in English. First taught by Kodo HORIKAWA. Has traveled to the U. S. , Mexico and Canada teaching Daito-ryu since the early 1970s and is one of the main persons responsible for the dissemination of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Kodokai in North America. […]

Waza 技

Technique

Yudansha 有段者

Black belt, or dan holder. Refers to person holding first degree black belt or higher.

Motokazu Yanase やなせもとかず

(b. 1931). 7th dan Aikikai. B. Wakayama Prefecture. Long-time practitioner and student of Michio HIKITSUCHI. Mr. Motokazu Yanase, 6616-1 Midorigaoka, Shingu-shi, Wakayama-ken 647 Japan (0735)21-5609.

Giorgio Veneri

(25 February 1937-30 March 2005). Early Italian practitioner who first trained aikido under Motokage KAWAMUKAI in 1964. Instrumental in establishing Hiroshi TADA as an instructor in Italy. Elected president of the EUROPEAN AIKIDO FEDERATION in 1978. Second president of the INTERNATIONAL AIKIDO FEDERATION in 1982-1994. Later member of the Superior Council of the IAF.