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.

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.

Yonkajo 四箇条

Fourth teaching; older term borrowed from DAITO-RYU AIKIJUJUTSU which, used in the aikido context, means essentially the same as YONKYO. Still used in YOSHINKAN AIKIDO.

William Witt

(b. c. 1938). 7th dan, 2001, Aikikai Shihan, 2002 [rank authenticated]. Engineer. Began practice in 1967 at the AIKIKAI HOMBU DOJO. Has lived in Japan on several occasions beginning 1967. Spent one year as an UCHIDESHI at the IWAMA Dojo of Morihiro SAITO in 1971. One of main instructors in the San Francisco Bay area […]

History of Aikido in Yugoslavia

The history of aikido in Yugoslavia begins in 1969 when a group of judoka practiced the art for the first time in Paris. On their return, Milan Zagorac established the first aikido club in the country. At the end of 1969, a group of Yugoslav practitioners participated in a 12-day training session led by Hiroshi […]

Yari 槍

Spear. Morihei UESHIBA is said to have trained intensively in the use of the spear during the AYABE period in the early 1920s. He may have had some formal training in this weapon earlier while studying GOTO-HA YAGYU SHINGAN-RYU JUJUTSU.

Jack Wada

5th dan Aikikai. Began training c. 1969. Taught by Michio HIKITSUCHI in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture in early 1970s. Also an instructor of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Presently operates a dojo in San Jose, California. Aikido of San Jose, 587 N. 6th St. , San Jose, CA 95112 USA (408)294-3049.

Yonkyo 四教

Fourth teaching. Refers to pressure applied on a nerve point in the lower forearm to bring the attacker into a pinning position.