Hiroshi Watanabe 渡辺弘

(b. 1931). 7th dan Aikikai. B. Tokyo. Self-Defense Agency employee. Began training c. 1957 at the Self-Defense Agency dojo in Ichigaya. Shibuya-ku Aikido Dokokai, Honcho 2-26-13, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151 Japan (03)375-1933.

Yoshiteru Yoshimura

(Dates unknown). Member of the Asahi News dojo who studied under both Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku TAKEDA in Osaka from c. 1933 to 1939. Awarded the KYOJU DAIRI by Sokaku in October 1936 in Osaka.

Shogo Yamaguchi 山口しょうご

(b. 1 January 1949). 6th dan Tomiki Aikido-JAA, 1983 [rank authenticated]. B. Tokyo. Graduate in Law of Waseda University. Business owner. First taught by TOMIKI and Hideo OHBA in 1967 as a member of the WASEDA UNIVERSITY AIKIDO CLUB. Member of the Board of Directors of the JAPAN AIKIDO ASSOCIATION. Currently teaches at Okubo Sports […]

Zazen 座善

Seated zen meditation.

Yokomenuchi 横面打ち

Strike to the side of the head.

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.