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.

Shigemi Yonekawa 米川成美

(27 July 1910-28 July 2005). Also Seibi and Takaaki. B. Ooarai, Ibaragi Prefecture. First attended an AIKI BUDO seminar in IWAMA sponsored by the BUDO SEN’YOKAI in August 1932. Entered the KOBUKAN DOJO as an UCHIDESHI shortly thereafter. Taught at various locations as an assistant to Morihei Ueshiba both in the Tokyo and Osaka area. […]

Kiyoshi Watatani

Martial arts historian. Co-author of the massive reference work Bugei Ryuha Daijiten (Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Schools). This Japanese-language work, published in 1978, contains a record of most of those persons having received the KYOJU DAIRI from Sokaku TAKEDA and a lineage tracing the arts derived from Daito-ryu aikijujutsu.

Sadao Yoshioka 吉岡貞夫

(c. 1923-19 January 1990). 6th dan Aikikai. Began training in Hawaii in mid-1950s. A pioneer of aikido in Hawaii, Yoshioka opened the Nuuanau YMCA Aikido Club in 1959. He participated in the creation of the INTERNATIONAL AIKIDO FEDERATION in 1976 and was a shihan in the Hawaii Region of the UNITED STATES AIKIDO FEDERATION. Yoshioka […]

Yanagi Ryu Aikijujutsu 柳流合気柔術

A little known jujutsu form taught by Kenji Yoshida, son of Kotaro YOSHIDA, in the U. S. This art is a modified form of DAITO-RYU AIKIJUJUTSU and includes the use of such weapons as daggers, swords, and spears. The present headmaster is Don ANGIER, Yoshida’s leading student, who presently instructs in southern California. Yanagi-ryu Aikijujutsu, […]