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Get on the mats with Tsuneo Ando Shihan as he takes you back to explore the origin of each Aikido technique, showing you the essence so that the techniques come alive. Practical instruction from the best in the game will make your techniques more dynamic and effective.
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What Is Aikido?

Aikido can be translated as the “Way of Harmonious Spirit”. It is a relatively new martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba and based on ancient Japanese fighting techniques. Although a dynamic and very effective form of self-defense, taught to the Tokyo Riot Police, Aikido strives for non-aggression and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Aikido can be practiced by men and women of any age. There are no fights and no competitions in Aikido. Rather, students work together in pairs or groups, helping each other to learn and improve. Students set their own goals and the pace for their own training.

Aikido provides a good cardiovascular workout; increases general stamina and core fitness and contributes to a leaner and more flexible physique. The mental benefits include improved mental focus, self-confidence and a more positive outlook. More than the physical though, the goal of aikido is self-improvement and self-awareness through regular and consistent training.


Ando Sensei began teaching in Urayasu in 1989 and Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu was launched in 1996. In Japanese mythology, Ryu-o – the Dragon King – is worshipped as the god of water and of the ocean who can command the rain and the clouds. Morihei Ueshiba – the creator of aikido – believed that the Dragon King is the patron god of aikido. After coming across a stone hanko (stamp or seal) with the character for ryu (dragon) carved for him by his calligraphy teacher, Ando Sensei decided to name his new organization Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu.

Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu acquired NPO status in 2002 and has since become involved in various voluntary activities in Urayasu City with it’s ultimate goal being to further the development of aikido and to spread the peaceful message of aikido; thereby contributing to a rich and peaceful 21st century.