Gozo Shioda, founder of the Yoshinkan style of aikido, began training in , at the age of seventeen. Sixty years later he heads a unique international aikido organization whose aim is global harmony through the spread of the aikido spirit. In this interview, Shioda Sensei recalls his experiences as an assistant to the aikido founder, teaching aiki budo at the Nakano and Toyama Military Schools, the postwar establishment of Yoshinkan Aikido, and his memories of O-Sensei at the close of his life. Later on, you assisted Ueshiba Sensei as an instructor and also taught aiki budo in Osaka. The president of the Asahi Newspaper, Mr. Murayama, was stabbed by a member of a right-wing group.
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These experiences in which he used Aikido in practical situations many life and death helped form the style of Aikido you practice today. Many of you are likely surprised at how often I use atemi . This is only natural since when we talk about Aikido, everyone is caught up in images of wrist grabs and flashy throws.
However, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei  himself, who was my master at one point, expressed himself in the following manner.
But in a life or death situation, or when you are engaged with multiple opponents, you cannot defend yourself without atemi and instantaneous throws because victory or defeat comes in a split second. In other words, you might say that the essence of Aikido is revealed in this type of intense fighting.
In Aikido, atemi is not limited to punching or kicking. Any part of the body can become a weapon for executing atemi… The reason these techniques work is that the contact point in itself becomes the atemi.
Well, what is it that is important for atemi then? It is timing. Even if you go and watch a boxing match, for example, you will often see someone get knocked out by a very casual looking punch. The important thing is to send your punch as soon as you sense that your opponent is about to move. Then you will either hit what is closest to you or, conversely, when the opponent has swung at you and missed, you will hit him when he is fully extended.
Let me give you an example. This is an episode which involved Ueshiba Sensei during the time when the Korea was under Japanese control. Sensei was invited to go there and give a demonstration as part of a big martial arts tournament.
The challenger, whom I will call Mr N. Of course, Mr. N was considerably larger than the average person and when he and Sensei faced each other, it looked like just an adult with a child.
Suddenly, Mr. That was it. As for Sensei, he was standing very quietly as if nothing had happened. The spectators were thrown into an uproar because nobody quite understood what they had just witnessed.
The timing was absolutely perfect. From a conversation I overheard later I learned that Me. This same principle can be applied in free-for-all fights as well. It certainly offers valuable insight into the power that an Aikido student can generate in their atemi by focussing intently on timing and the concentaration of their power.
They are not restricted to simply a punch like in many arts, but can be any part of the body used to strike an opponent. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
Skip to content January 8, January 8, aikidoyoshinkansuncoast. Image: Master Gozo Shioda using his body as atemi to repel opponent. Extract from Gozo Shioda. Kodansha Publishing. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.
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Shioda was born on September 9, , in Shinjuku , Tokyo. Shioda began training under the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, in Three of his fellow gang members came to his assistance. Shioda and his friend were cornered by the gang.
Gozo Shioda Sensei
All of these organizations contribute to the spread of Yoshinkan Aikido not only in Japan, but all around the world. Throughout the history of Yoshinkan Aikido, many prestigious people have visited Honbu Dojo. The current Emperor also visited in spending a long time meeting with Shioda Gozo Kancho privately and observing a special demonstration. There have also been many other famous visitors from around world who have enjoyed viewing Yoshinkan demonstrations.