“Minoru Mochizuki: Disciple of Morihei Ueshiba and Jigoro Kano, Founder of Yoseikan Aikido
This audio is a recording of the first portion of an interview with Minoru Mochizuki Sensei (1907-2003) conducted by Stanley Pranin and Aiki News Editor Ikuko Kimura in Shizuoka City on November 22, 1982.
Minoru Mochizuki Sensei was an elite martial artist who had the good fortune to be a student under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and Judo Founder Jigoro Kano, among his many teachers. As a result of his lengthy study and innovative thinking, he eventually devised a composite martial system including elements of judo, aikido, iaijutsu, karate, and kobudo known variously as Yoseikan Aikido and Yoseikan Budo.
In his younger years, Mochizuki Sensei was a top judo competitor, and was later sent by Kano to study at Morihei Ueshiba’s dojo. He operated a private dojo in Shizuoka City for many years and trained thousands of students in the various disciplines comprising his art.
Mochizuki Sensei is credited with being the first to introduce aikido to France in 1951. The seed he planted there would soon flourish, and France today has the largest population practicing aikido of any nation.
Mochizuki Sensei was a featured guest in the 1986 Friendship Demonstration sponsored by Aiki News in Tokyo.
In this recording, Mochizuki Sensei talks about his background in the martial arts and his association with Jigoro Kano and Morihei Ueshiba.
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File size: part 1, 45:03, 44 mb; part 2, 45:44, 43 mb
Note: Please use a headset to listen to this interview for best comprehension.