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Aikido Shugyo by Gozo Shioda
Aikido Shugyo

Harmony in Confrontation

by Gozo Shioda

ISBN 0-9687791-2-3
187 PAGES, 6" x 9" SOFT COVER

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Aikido Shugyo, by Gozo Shioda, was originally released in Japanese in 1991. Throughout this important and insightful work, Shioda Sensei relates many stories about the time he spent training directly with the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, about his war-time experiences and about his years as the Headmaster of the Yoshinkan. He also uses countless anecdotes to convey important insights into the functioning and application of Aikido techniques. Aikido Shugyo will inspire anyone interested in traditional martial arts with its lessons, its history, and its straight-forward approach to the application of Aikido techniques.

Aikido Shugyo is a rare insight from one of the leading and most well-known martial artists of his time. Already a “classic” in Japanese, it is a required text for every martial arts library. This first ever English publication is a faithful and complete presentation of the original Japanese text and includes a Foreword by Kyoichi Inoue Sensei, 9th Dan, Dojo-cho of the Yoshinkan Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

The publication of Aikido Shugyo in the English language is a watershed event for aikido enthusiasts everywhere. Gozo Shioda, one of the most talented students of the art's founder Morihei Ueshiba, is the author of this fascinating tome that recounts his career and philosophy as an aikido teacher. Besides describing the events of his exciting life as an early pupil of Ueshiba in the 1930s and his wartime and postwar experiences, Shioda offers a host of insights into the psychology of the fighting arts and survival in a world of conflict.

This translation by two advanced practitioners of Yoshinkan Aikido is first-rate and this book will be an essential addition to the collection of any martial arts practitioner.

Stanley Pranin
Aikido Journal

Gozo Shioda was one of the most prominent Aikido Masters of the latter half of the 20th Century.  He began his study of Aikido at the age of 17 directly under the supervision of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei.  For some 8 years, he undertook severe training as an uchideshi - a live-in student.

After the war, Shioda Sensei spent a brief period in Iwama where he resumed his formal training under Ueshiba Sensei.  It was during this time, in 1951, that Ueshiba Sensei awarded him the rank of 9th dan. Shortly after this Shioda Sensei returned to Tokyo where, in 1954, after the lifting of the ban on martial arts training imposed by General MacArthur, the Nippon Sogo Budo Yaitai (Life Extension Association) sponsored the first post-war martial arts demonstration.  Shioda Sensei participated in front of some 15,000 on-lookers and was awarded the Grand Prize for best performance.  Shortly thereafter, in 1955, he established his own independent school - the Yoshinkan.

The translators, Jacques Payet and Christopher Johnston, have worked closely with the Yoshinkan Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to present the definitive English translation of Shioda Sensei's exciting and thought provoking book.

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