O'Sensei • Hiroshi Isoyama Shihan • Steven Seagal Shihan • Gozo Shioda Shihan • Sokaku Takeda
of Ueshiba's outstanding students was Shioda Gozo (born September 9, 1915), who
contributed much to bring about the increased popularity that Aikido has enjoyed
since the war. Shioda entered Ueshiba's dojo at the age of 18, and lived and
practised there for eight years, longer than any other student.
Shioda was sent to
Formosa with the Japanese army during the war years and, like Ueshiba, was able
to utilize the real combat situation to train himself physically and mentally.
Shortly after his return to Japan at the end of the war, Shioda left the
master's dojo. His principle concern was the promotion of Aikido, since Aikido
had been restricted to special groups of people. Further, in popularizing
Aikido, Shioda was showing his gratitude for his master's kindness. During the
next two decades many demonstrations were presented to police forces, army
groups, dock workers, and others. Much of the support for these activities came
from Japanese business.
tremendous interest in Aikido since the war dates back to 1954, when, under the
auspices of the Life Extension Society, an exhibition of 160 martial arts from
all over Japan was held. This was the first time that Aikido had been
demonstrated to a large public audience, and Shioda's first place performance
attracted a great deal of attention.
Shioda Sensei's style
of Aikido is known as
a name that he inherited from his father who owned a kendo and judo dojo by that
means spirit or mind;
means house; thus Yoshinkan is the house for the cultivation of mind. Shioda
Sensei was highly respected all over the world for his attitude toward the Budo
disciplines and for his belief in Wa (harmony) as a way of life. On July 17,
1994, Shioda Sensei passed away leaving in place a strong dynamic style of
Aikido which continues to grow and develop.