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 […]

Zaidan Hojin Aikikai 財団法人合気会

Aikikai Foundation. The Zaidan Hojin Aikikai was established on 9 February 1948 and is the legal entity under which the AIKIKAI HOMBU DOJO operates.

Yoko 横


Waseda University Aikido Club

Founded by Kenji TOMIKI in 1958, the club was established under the proviso that competition be incorporated which was subsequently accomplished. The Waseda Club has dominated interuniversity competitions since their inception in 1969; Waseda teams have been All-Japan Champions 17 times and have placed second the other three times. They have remained undefeated since 1981. […]

Koichiro Yoshikawa 吉沢こいち郎

(b. 1918). Headmaster of the KASHIMA SHINTO-RYU tradition, a school with a 500-year history whose sword has a clearly demonstrable influence on the development of the AIKI KEN. Yoshikawa authorized the dispatch of three senior instructors (Masashige AOKI, Kin’ichi IIDA and Hitoshi KODAMA) to the KOBUKAN DOJO in 1937 to instruct. According to his recollection […]