jinseiAikido Jinsei, the life story of the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, is the sister volume to Aikido Shugyo.  In it, Gozo Shioda provides the background story to his development as one of the premier martial artists of the modern age.  It is required reading for anyone interested in Yoshinkan Aikido.  The original Japanese text was translated into English by Jacques Payet Sensei (of Mugenjuku in Kyoto, Japan) and Chris Johnston Sensei.

From the Shindokan Books website:

Aikido Jinsei, is the autobiography of Shioda Gozo, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. First published in Japan in 1985, Shioda Sensei uses this book to share his experiences, his aikido and his way of life with his readers. Aikido Jinsei is remarkable for the author’s extremely candid approach. Throughout the book, Shioda Sensei openly shares his most personal experiences from his childhood, his time during the war and his training with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei. He shares key insights about Aikido which he learned from Ueshiba Sensei and he clearly documents the events after the war which led to the establishment of the Yoshinkan and his own unique brand of Aikido.

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