3rd Kyu Techniques & Test Requirements Part 1





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Published on Oct 19, 2008

Yoshimitsu Yamada, a direct student of O Sensei for more than ten years, is an 8th dan and the chief instructor at the New York Aikikai. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of the United States Aikido Federation and the Latin America Aikido Federation. He is the author of Aikido Complete and has made multiple aikido training tapes.

Yamada Sensei is well known for his clear and strong basic technique. He teaches seminars all over the world where thousands of students attend his classes.


"We must keep the spirit of budo no matter how we practice."

Q: You were one of the earlier uchideshi at the Aikikai. What year did you start?

A: When I joined as an uchideshi only Tamura Sensei and Arikawa Sensei were there. Yasuo Kobayashi was still in college. He came to the dojo every day. I entered when I was 17. I am 53 now, so it must have been 1955.

For more information : http://www.nyaikikai.com/yamada.asp

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Comments • 10

Shauna Smith
I am very skeptical of typical Hombu Aikido like this, I have trained in Nihon Goshin Aikido for 2 years and I am currently a San Kyu( green belt) however I just can see this type of training translating in a real fight
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Yumi Yoshida
your Aikido lessons were helpful I will do my best to teach them in our dojo
Jason Spaulding
José Eduardo Veloso
These Yamada Sensei videos are really usefull for Aikido students all over the world.
Yeah I was definitely glad to meet him. Shihan is just the japanese word for "Grandmaster". I'm assuming that you know it already but figured it would be good to mention it just in case :)
Yeah Yamada Sensei is an awesome Shihan. I met him quite a few years ago when he came to Tenzan Aikido (formerly Seattle Aikikai). He's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet :)
Key wan
Very nice Video, like allways. Thanks!
next test 3rd kyu for me
the first technique has alot in common with this one preying mantis technique that i know.
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