Free video: Gozo Shioda — The Sharp Wit and Powerful Technique of a Great Master!

Among the memorable demonstrations at this event was the dynamic and entertaining performance of Gozo Shioda Sensei, Founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. Shioda Sensei has a sharp wit and sense of humor to go along with his sharp, powerful technique. Gozo Shioda was one of the most influential aikido figures in the postwar spread of the art.

The performances presented at the 2nd Aiki News Friendship Demonstration were not typical demonstrations where the senseis appear on the stage, throw around their uke for two or three minutes, and exit. These famous teachers present what is called in Japanese “setsumei enbu,” that is, lecture demonstrations, where they impart information about their martial arts background, primary influences, and the principles infusing their arts. Then come their expert technical displays that will rivet your attention and impart valuable insights for your personal training.

See if you recognize any of these names: Morihiro Saito, Gozo Shioda, Minoru Mochizuki, Yoshio Sugino, and Kenji Shimizu… all students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, and all on the same stage!

  • Morihiro Saito: 9th dan, and one of aikido’s most respected teachers. Saito Sensei was one of O-Sensei’s closest students and achieved worldwide recognition due to his numerous international seminars and the publication of many authoritative technical books.
  • Gozo Shioda: One of O-Sensei’s most skilled students from the prewar era and founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. Shioda Sensei taught an effective, martial-style of aikido that attracted tens of thousands of students over his long teaching career. He is also the author of numerous technical manuals on Yoshinkan Aikido.
  • Minoru Mochizuki: A leading student of judo founder Jigoro Kano sent to study with O-Sensei in 1930. Mochizuki Sensei underwent rigorous training in numerous martial styles during his career and created Yoseikan Budo, an eclectic martial art incorporating aikido, judo, karate, swordsmanship, and other arts. He was one of the only students to have learned extensively from both Jigoro Kano and Morihei Ueshiba.
  • Yoshio Sugino: A judo and Katori Shinto-ryu master who studied under O-Sensei in the prewar era. Sugino Sensei was one of Japan’s most famous martial artists, and choreographed the fighting scenes in Kurosawa movies such as “The Seven Samurai,” “Yojimbo,” and others.
  • Kenji Shimizu: One of the last and most talented students of O-Sensei who came to aikido after a successful judo career. Shimizu Sensei later created Tendokan Aikido, and developed a following of thousands of students throughout Europe.

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