John Waite

(b. March 30, 1931). 6th dan Tomiki Aikido, 1983-JAA; 5th dan judo. School teacher. Began aikido in 1959 under Senta YAMADA at the London Judo Society. Founder member of the BRITIH AIKIDO ASSOCIATION, and National Coach for that organization during the 1970s. Currently chairman of the BRITISH AIKIDO COUNCIL, an independent organization within the BAA. […]

Yoseikan Aikido 養正館合気道

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. Mochizuki’s Yoseikan Aikido is often referred to as YOSEIKAN BUDO. This system was first formulated and taught by Mochizuki at his dojo in Shizuoka City. Yoseikan Dojo, Mukoshikiji 846, Shizuoka-shi […]

Senta Yamada 山田せんた

(1924 Mar 1-2010- Aug 8). 6th dan Tomiki Aikido and judo. B. Fukuoka. Graduate of Kobe Marine University. Began practice of judo in middle school, and received 1st dan at age 16. Became outstanding competitive judoka, eventually reaching the rank of 6th dan. Met and trained with Morihei UESHIBA after the war and spent several […]

Yusai 幽斉

An informal method of prayer practiced within the context of the OMOTO RELIGION. Morihei UESHIBA is said to have extensively trained in yusai during the AYABE period.

Antony Yates

(b. 28 February 1947). 5th dan Yoshinkan Aikido, 1990 [rank authenticated]. Yoshinkan Aikido Shibucho for the U. K. Senior schoolmaster. Began training in judo at 1961 and aikido in 1969. Studied YOSHINKAN AIKIDO with Jang Eun Yu from early to late 1970s. Brief trip to Japan in 1979. British Aikido Yoshinkai, 28 Heathfield Rise, Ruislip, […]

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.