British Aikido Yoshinkan

The Taidokan


When Sensei Yu left in 1979, Sensei Yates, now Shibucho for Yoshinkan Aikido in the

UK became chief instructor assisted by Patrick Walsh, Alan Bell & Graham Reeve.


In 1981 Yasuhisa Shioda Sensei, son of Soke Shioda Gozo of Yoshinkan Japan visited

London for a three year period and during this time acted as an instructor for the

BAYF (British Aikido Yoshinkan Federation). Following Jacques Payet Sensei, another

Hombu dojo instructor, taught at the BAYF dojo's from 1987 until 1988.


The BAYF flourished with 4 senior instructors (Sensei Pegram, Sensei G.Yates, Sensei McWatt & Sensei A.R.Yates) and around 100 members situated in and around London. A strong group of student instructors soon qualified as instructors in their own right and went out to carry on the teachings of Yoshinkan. Amongst these was Sensei Stephens (Now head instructor for the Seishinkan), Sensei J.S.Hall, Sensei Squires, Sensei Zowleska & Sensei Campbell,

Yoshinkan clubs of this lineage are now based in London, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire.

The roots of the Taidokan organisation in the UK can be traced back to when Yu Sensei, an Aikido Yoshinkan Hombu dojo Instructor in Japan, came to England and set up a dojo in 1974.


Sensei Yu who was a very strict instructor attracted many people to his dojo but few remained for any great period of time due to his severe training methods. There were also a number of political battles being fought at the time from groups in opposition to this 'new' style of Aikido.

History of The TAIDOKAN


Yoshinkan is a style of aikido meaning 'House for Cultivating the Spirit'. It was founded after World War Two by Soke Gozo Shioda.

Aikido is primarily derived from Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu. It is said that Daito-Ryu was founded 800 years ago by Shinra-Saburo Minamoto no Yoshimitsu. The Kai Genji Takeda Family (one of the Samurai local rulers) preserved Daito-Ryu as a secret martial art within the family. Nobody knew even the name of this martial art until Sokaku Takeda Sensei began teaching the art outside of the family in the late 19th century.


Yoshinkan Aikido has some 150 basic techniques and through the practice of these techniques strengthens the body and mind.


The emphasis in Yoshinkan Aikido is on the study of basic movements and techniques. Detailed step-by-step instruction provides an understanding of the whole technique as well as its composite parts, exploring how an attack can be redirected without strength.

Yoshinkan Aikido is now taught around the world. It is the only recognized martial art taught to the Tokyo Riot Police. .

History of YOSHINKAN


Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "The Way of unifying with life's energy or as "The Way of harmony".


Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.


By studying Daito-Ryu and other martial arts on top of his own ideas, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei developed Aikido.


The principal of Aikido is not to over power your opponent, but to harmonize without using physical strength.

History of AIKIDO

Aikido techniques are applied by using your own power together with your attackers power. This means, no matter if you are strong or weak, big or small, male or female, young or old, you can do Aikido without having to be a top athlete.

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