Takashi Kushida-sensei
Takashi Kushida-sensei Takashi Kushida was born in Japan on May 2, 1935. He began his study of Aikido under Gozo Shioda-sensei, an early student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, at the age of 18. After less than a year of regular training, he was chosen to become an uchideshi—a full-time apprentice student—and spent the next ten years living and training in the Yoshinkan Dojo (training hall) in Tokyo.

Following this period of intense training and instruction, Kushida was made Senior Assistant Instructor at the Yoshinkan. Between 1963 and 1973 he served as Aikido teacher to the Japanese Air Force, the Tokyo Riot Control Police, and National Railway Police. He also accompanied Shioda-sensei in demonstrations in New Zealand and Hawaii as well as teaching at various universities, private companies, and at the Yoshinkan.

In 1973, Kushida-sensei traveled to the United States at the invitation of a small group of American Aikido enthusiasts in the Detroit, Mich. area. Originally scheduled to visit only a few months, the response to his teaching and the growing level of interest in Aikido convinced him to send for his family and stay in the U.S. to teach. In 1981, he was asked to give a demonstration for the President's Council on Physical Fitness in Washington, D.C. In 1991, Kushida-sensei established his own school of Aikido, adopting the name "Aikido Yoshokai." The Yoshokai school stresses the philosophical and scientific principles behind Aikido—in particular, Kushida-sensei's emphasis on harmony and conflict resolution as the ultimate goal of Aikido practice.

In the past 20 years Kushida-sensei has introduced thousands of men and women across America to Aikido. The non-profit Aikido Yoshokai Association of North American (AYANA) currently sanctions over 50 American instructors throughout the U.S. Today, Kushida-sensei teaches classes at the Genyokan Dojo, AYANA's headquarters facility, located near his home in Ann Arbor, Mich. At the Genyokan, Kushida-sensei also conducts formal classes in Genbu Sotojutsu, a 200-year-old sword method once taught only to members of the Kushida family in Japan.
Aikido Aikido - Calligraphy by Kushida-sensei
Starting Aikido View details
Genyokan beginner's course schedule for adults:
  • >July Session
    Thursday - July 10 or
    Monday - July 14
  • >September Session
    Monday - September 8 or
    Thursday - September 11
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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