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HIROSHI ISOYAMA Shihan, 8th Dan

Hiroshi Isoyama entered the Iwama Dojo of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba as a boy of 12. He is one of a few rare individuals- another being Morihiro Saito- to have been exposed to the founder during the period of maturation of modern aikido. Isoyama is passionate about his study of aikido and this dynamism is reflected in his explosive technique. Now retired after a long career in the Air Self Defense Force, Isoyama is devoting full time to his pursuit of training and teaching. He is becoming increasingly well-known internationally as well and has frequently traveled abroad in recent years.

Perhaps his most well known student and dear friend to this day is Steven Seagal.

  • He is currently, Technical Councilor for the International Aikido Federation, Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Formerly Chief of Defensive Tactics for the Japan Self Defense Force Academy.

If you wish to read the best article that I have found thus far on the history of this great and dynamic Aikido Shihan, click here !

To view a video clip of vintage 1983 Isoyama Shihan, click here!