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.

Wakasensei 若先生

Young teacher; commonly refers to the son of a master of any art before he becomes the successor. In the aikido world, the first wakasensei was Kiyoshi NAKAKURA (Morihiro Ueshiba) who became the adopted son of Morihei UESHIBA in the mid-1930s. The second wakasensei was Kisshomaru UESHIBA while the founder was still living. The present […]

Yoseikan Budo

1. The composite martial art developed by Minoru MOCHIZUKI which incorporates elements of the pre-war AIKI BUDO of Morihei UESHIBA, judo, karate, old-style jujutsu and kenjutsu. 2. A composite martial system taught by Hiroo MOCHIZUKI in France. Although strongly influenced by his father Minoru’s Yoseikan Budo, Hiroo’s approach encompasses both eastern and western martial systems […]

Yoshimitsu Yamada 山田嘉光

(b. 17 February 1938). 8th dan Aikikai (1990). Aikikai Shihan. Attended Aoyama Gakuin University majoring in Business Management. Cousin of Tadashi ABE. Entered AIKIKAI HOMBU DOJO as UCHIDESHI c. 1956 while a university student. Dispatched to New York City in 1964. Central figure in the Eastern Region of the UNITED STATES AIKIDO FEDERATION. Also has […]

Yushinkan Dojo

Dojo operated by famous swordsman Hakudo NAKAYAMA near Korakuen in Tokyo in the 1920s and 30s.

Yodan 四段

Fourth rank or grade. Also yondan.

Saburo Wakuta 和久田三郎


Kotaro Yoshida 吉田幸太郎

(b. October 1883-1966). B. Miyama-mura, Tamura-gun, Fukushima Prefecture.Journalist and writer. Graduated from Tohoku Gakuin in Sendai in 1906. Graduate of Waseda University and an American university. Author of numerous books. Little is known about Yoshida, but it appears that he operated a newspaper company and private library in Kitami, Hokkaido. He began his study of […]

Mitsue Yamagata 山形みつえ

(b. 15 February 1948). 6th dan Tomiki Aikido-JAA 1983 [rank authenticated]. B. Gunma Prefecture. Office worker. First taught by Tsuneko MIYAKE in 1965 and, beginning the following year, at the Aoyama Wrestling Center by Hideo OHBA and Kenji TOMIKI. She currently teaches at Junshin Girls’ High School and Okubo Sports Kaikan in Tokyo. Member of […]