Jinsei, is the autobiography of Shioda Gozo, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. First published in
Japan in 1985, Shioda Sensei uses this book to share his experiences, his aikido and his way of life with his readers. Aikido Jinsei is remarkable for the author's extremely candid approach. Throughout the book, Shioda Sensei openly shares his most personal experiences from his childhood, his time during the war and his training with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei. He shares key insights about Aikido which he learned from Ueshiba Sensei and he clearly documents the events after the war which led to the establishment of the Yoshinkan and his own unique brand of Aikido.
Jinsei - along with its sister volume, Aikido Shugyo - are indispensable reading for anyone interested in the history of Aikido and the life of Shioda Gozo, one of the most dynamic martial artists of recent time. This first ever full and complete English
publication includes a Foreword by the author's son, Shioda Yasuhisa Sensei, Aikido Yoshinkan Soke.
I am extremely pleased to see that Aikido Jinsei has at last been translated into English. My father, Gozo Shioda,
was the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido and Aikido Jinsei is his autobiography. The translators are two shogyosha who have devoted themselves to Aikido for many years now. I am delighted that, thanks to their diligence in translating my father's words, people all around the world who practise Aikido on a daily basis, and even those who do not, can become acquainted with Shioda Gozo's Aikido Jinsei - his life in Aikido.
I am confident that this book will inspire those who read it and I offer my heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of its publication.
Soke, Aikido Yoshinkan
Shioda Gozo was the top Aikido practitioner of his time. He was the founder and head instructor of Yoshinkan Aikido. Holding the rank of Hanshi, 10th Dan, he was a director of the International Martial Arts Federation. He was also the instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency's Riot Squad. He studied both Kendo and Judo in elementary school and as a junior high school student, at the age of 18, he became a student of Ueshiba Morihei Sensei, the founder of Aikido. He then became an uchideshi - a live-in student - and spent almost eight years giving his undivided attention to his training. After his graduation from Takushoku University he immediately went over to China and Taiwan and he remained in the southern region during the war. He returned to Japan after the war and established Yoshinkan Aikido in 1955. He passed away on July 17, 1994.
translators, Christopher Johnston and Jacques Payet,
have again worked closely with the Yoshinkan Headquarters in
Tokyo, Japan, to bring the first full and complete translation of Aikido Jinsei to English readers.
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