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#319528 - 09/08/07 09:15 AM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: wristtwister]
uchi_deshi Offline
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it dont sound like any of you know where yoshokai came from... yes its from yoshinkai.. the guy who founded yoshokai got kicked out of the yoshinkai groups when he wanted to control all the aikido in the united states and wanted to keep most of the money... thats about how it came about... i know of this because my aikido teacher that was his teacher at one time...that founder is from this state

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#319529 - 09/08/07 03:19 PM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: uchi_deshi]
Ames Offline
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Are you saying that you're teacher taught Kushida?

Also, when people say 'political', it's an attempt to keep the specific politics out of the disscussion.


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#319530 - 09/08/07 07:40 PM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: Ames]
uchi_deshi Offline
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yes he was.. i know alot of storys about him from my teacher...sorry but thats how yoshokai came about even if its polittics or not...he was for the money and control and yoshinkai was not...so they kicked him out and stripped him of his rank...if people want to know the truth of how it came about thats all i did...its what i was told by me teacher .... i can tell you the story about things that happened to him when he first came to mich... his main school is in dearborn if i remember right...

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#319531 - 09/09/07 01:42 AM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: uchi_deshi]
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Quote:

... his main school is in dearborn if i remember right...




Nope. His "main school" is the Genyokan in Ann Arbor. Here's the website again.

www.aikidoyoshokai.org

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#319532 - 09/09/07 02:45 AM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: uchi_deshi]
Ames Offline
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I'm not a student of Kushida. I don't know much about what happened between him and Yoshinkan. Frankly, I don't care. Politics are killing Aikido and turning it into a dead pattern dance recital.

Tom, to answer your question, both organization's teach similar material. The main differance is that Yoshokai teaches more weapons.

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#319533 - 09/09/07 03:19 PM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: Ames]
uchi_deshi Offline
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i hate to tell you this but martial arts is and always has been politics just look through the history and storys....

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#319534 - 09/10/07 01:57 PM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: uchi_deshi]
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Sure it is. But the topic of this thread is not. It's about effectiveness of a certain style of Aikido for self defense. The rest of it just derails the thread and turns it into a political flame fest which doesn't help anyone and continues on into oblivion. "Yes you did! No I didn't! YES YOU DID! NO I DIDN'T! ... "

You get the picture.
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#319535 - 09/11/07 07:30 PM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: uchi_deshi]
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I believe Kushida-sensei was instrumental in bringing Yoshinkan Aikido to the U.S.A. He was Shioda sensei's top uke and live-in apprentice for 20 years or so. He was invited for a visit in Michigan circa 1973. He was still part of the Yoshinkan organization then. Circa 1990, he started hiw own organization called Yoshokai because he did not want to change his teaching standards to comply with the new IYAF standards (Int'l Yoshinkai Aikido Federation). I believe that the IYAF was trying to make Aikido more accessible to a wider audience and therefore, I believe IYAF reduced the requirements for rank. Kushida reportedly did not want to change his standards. In my opinion, Kushida-sensei's Aikido represents a lineage and spirit of Aikido which is highly refined and evolved. Congratulations to Kushida-sensei for his independence and pursuit living in U.S.A. while bringing his Aikido to many students across the U.S. Please export more Yoshokai to California...

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#319536 - 09/17/07 11:47 PM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: mokurai]
uchi_deshi Offline
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from what i was told they sent him here to michigan not cuz he was invited.. he was kicked off yoshinkai do to he wanted to keep most of the money for him self they didnt like that and he wanted to control all the aikido in this country and they didnt like that...after that he started his own...
i respect the guy...i know alot of stories about him...all are positive nothing neg. about him from my sensei...
just like i know about what happen to him when he first stepped of the plane in the mens bathroom... and how he did his blk belt testing...

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#319537 - 09/18/07 11:14 AM Re: Yoshokai Aikido and Self Defense [Re: uchi_deshi]
mokurai Offline
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Here's an excerpt from the Yoshokai website:

In 1973, a request for an instructor was sent from Mr. Edward Moore of the Detroit Budokan and from Takeshi Kimeda-sensei, who currently teaches in Toronto, Canada. Kushida-sensei left his position as chief instructor of Yoshinkai and came to North America in response to the request.

I've heard of Kimeda-sensei and understand he teaches in Canada not far actually from Ann Arbor, Michigan where Kushida-sensei teaches. I don't know who Edward Moore is and can find no references to him anywhere else. Do you or your teacher know who Edward Moore is and what role he played in bringing Kushida-sensei to the U.S.A?

As you know,Kimeda-sensei operates in Canada whereas Kushida-sensei operates in the U.S. Here's a quote from Kimeda-sensei's Yoshinaki website:

Kimeda Sensei has developed many frontiers for Aikido outside Japan. He was instrumental in bringing Kushida Sensei and Karasawa Sensei to North America, also in inspiring many other instructors to teach outside Japan.

In my opinion, the political issues culminated in the early nineties - many years after Kushida came to Michigan on behalf of Yoshinkai. Maybe after living in the U.S. for nearly 20 years as a Yoshinkai instructor and then evaluating the IYAF policies, he decided to be independent. East meets West. Granted there may have been a falling out of sorts. I'd hope that as mature adults and Aikido practitioners, they would go their own ways and wish each other well in their new pursuits. Yoshinkai had just started the IYAF and Kushida had just started AYANA.

If you have insights into Edward Moore, it would be greatly appreciated.

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