Yoshinkan Aikido is not a sport. It is the cooperative and focussed development of both physical and mental dexterity. It involves incredibly powerful and practical self-defense techniques which can be performed by anyone regardless of size, gender or race. In today’s day and age, traditional Yoshinkan Aikido training also offers students a unique method of developing mental awareness, greater powers of concentration and increased capabilities for dealing with stressful situations.
Yoshinkan Aikido was established by Gozo Shioda in the late 1950s and is occasionally called the “hard” style because of its exacting training methodology. This is the product of the pre-war period of Aikido’s development when Shioda himself was a direct student of the art’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba.
Yoshinkan Aikido uses six fundamental training movements and roughly 150 common defensive techniques which are practiced in depth. Mastering these basics equips students with the fundamental skills required to execute the remaining techniques, which are thought to total around 3000.