About Aikido Yoshokai
Aikido Aikido Yoshokai - Calligraphy by Kushida-sensei
The Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America (AYANA) is a non-profit educational corporation established by Takashi Kushida-sensei in 1991.

Yoshokai Aikido has been developed by Kushida-sensei through years of hard training and teaching experience and through his continuous study and deep knowledge of the principles of and philosophy of Budo. Yoshokai Aikido became solidified with Kushida-sensei's teachings of the underlying principles behind Aikido, and the importance of the relationship between Shite and Uke to study harmony.

The techniques and movements of Aikido may seem like fighting, but they are actually two people working together to create one technique. One person, Shite, who looks like the winner, studies balance and focus. The other person, Uke, studies off-balance and helps Shite study his best form.

Just as positive and negative currents are necessary for electricity, both Shite and Uke are needed to make one Aikido technique. There can be no technique without both parts. Furthermore, there cannot be one part without the other. Shite is Shite because there is Uke, and without Uke, there cannot be Shite. With the combination of balance and off-balance, two people try their best to create the most beautiful harmony through physical techniques. Each person studies to fully be Shite or Uke in order to best fit with his partner and to best fit each situation and moment.

Kushida-sensei currently teaches Yoshokai Aikido through AYANA, assisted by Akira Kushida-sensei, the AYANA Steering Committee, and the teaching members of AYANA. Kushida-sensei's hope is that many people will be able to understand and enjoy his pure Aikido as he himself continues to study the beautiful way of Aikido.

AYANA is a non-profit educational organization that admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin.
Aikido Aikido - Calligraphy by Kushida-sensei
Starting Aikido View details
Genyokan beginner's course schedule for adults:
  • >September Session
    Monday - September 8 or
    Thursday - September 11
  • >November Session
    Monday - November 3 or
    Thursday - November 6
View the complete Genyokan Class Schedule.

Kyu Rank Exams
Spectators welcome. Testing dates for the Genyokan Dojo:
  • >February 11th, 2014
  • >April 8th, 2014
  • >June 17th, 2014
  • >August 12th, 2014
  • >October 14th, 2014
  • >December 9th, 2014
Testing start time - 6:00 PM.

Dan (Black Belt) Exams
Spectators welcome. Testing dates for the Genyokan Dojo:
  • >June 8th, 2014
  • >November 2nd, 2014
Testing start time - 10:00 AM.

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