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.

Katsuhiro Watanabe

(b. 27 February 1945). 5th dan Aikikai-Kobayashi Dojos. B. Fukushima Prefecture. Kobayashi Dojo Shidoin. Director of Iruma City Aikido Association and instructor at Tanashi City dojo. First taught by Yasuo KOBAYASHI at Kodaira Dojo in 1969. Kobayashi Dojo, 582 Higashi-machi, Gakuen, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo-to 187 Japan (0423)41-0376.

Yoshinkan Aikido 養神館合気道

The name of the school of aikido established by Gozo SHIODA in 1955. Shioda adopted the name used by his father earlier for the family dojo. The techniques of Yoshinkan Aikido strongly reflect the pre-war training of Shioda in AIKI BUDO at the KOBUKAN DOJO of Morihei UESHIBA. The basic training curriculum is clearly defined […]

Gombei Yamamoto 山本権兵衛

(1852-1933). Admiral and political leader of the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) periods, and twice prime minister (1913-14, 1923-24). Early patron of Morihei UESHIBA beginning c. 1925. Instrumental in helping Ueshiba establish himself in Tokyo in the mid-1920s. His son, Kiyoshi, trained under Morihei Ueshiba.

Zen 禅

A Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches self-discipline, deep meditation, and the attainment of enlightenment by direct intuitive insight into a self-validating transcendent truth beyond all intellectual conceptions which typically expresses its teachings in paradoxical and nonlogical forms, according to Webster’s 3rd International Dictionary. Zen apparently had little demonstrable effect on the development of […]

Yondan 四段

Fourth rank or grade. Fourth degree black belt in martial arts ranking systems. Also yodan.

Nobuyuki Watanabe 渡辺信之

(b. 1930). 7th dan Aikikai. B. Miyazaki Prefecture. Aikikai Shihan. Entered the AIKIKAI HOMBU DOJO as an UCHIDESHI in the early 1960s. Featured in two Japanese television programs entitled Do Sports, 1986 and April 1987. Teaches Saturdays and Sundays at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Aikikai Hombu Dojo, 17-18 Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162 Japan (03)203-9236.

Yoshinkan Aikido Deutschland

YOSHINKAN AIKIDO organization in West Germany headed by Hiromichi NAGANO. Yoshinkan Aikido Deutschland, Hiltenspergerstr. 9, Munchen 40, 8000 West Germany (089)271-6444.

Gonnohyoe Yamamoto 山本ごんのひょうえい

See Gombei YAMAMOTO.