Yari 槍

Spear. Morihei UESHIBA is said to have trained intensively in the use of the spear during the AYABE period in the early 1920s. He may have had some formal training in this weapon earlier while studying GOTO-HA YAGYU SHINGAN-RYU JUJUTSU.

Jack Wada

5th dan Aikikai. Began training c. 1969. Taught by Michio HIKITSUCHI in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture in early 1970s. Also an instructor of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Presently operates a dojo in San Jose, California. Aikido of San Jose, 587 N. 6th St. , San Jose, CA 95112 USA (408)294-3049.

Yonkyo 四教

Fourth teaching. Refers to pressure applied on a nerve point in the lower forearm to bring the attacker into a pinning position.

Eddy Wolput

(b. 1948). 7th dan Tomiki Aikido – JAA. Banker. First taught by Tony Thielemans, a former student of Aritoshi MURASHIGE, in 1971. Promoted to 1st dan by Hirokazu KOBAYASHI in 1974. Visited Japan in 1976 and practiced KORINDO. Studied in London under Ah Loi LEE in 1979. Made a second trip to Japan where he […]

Tsutomu Yukawa 湯川勉

(1911-13 July 1942). B. Gobo, Wakayama Prefecture. Became UCHIDESHI at KOBUKAN DOJO c. 1931 upon graduation from middle school. Married to a niece of Morihei UESHIBA and a favorite student of the Founder. Later taught at a branch dojo in Osaka. Died in dispute with military police during the war in Osaka.

Masatoshi Yasuno

(b. 7 September 1948). 7th dan Aikikai. Aikikai Shihan. B. Kanazawa Prefecture. First practiced aikido as a university student in 1967. Heavily influenced by Seigo YAMAGUCHI. Has traveled to numerous countries conducting aikido seminars.

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.