Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan

Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th Dan, Shihan | Chief Instructor New York Aikikai
President, US Aikido Federation

In 1955, Yamada Sensei was accepted as resident pupil in the Honbu Dojo, to take lessons from O'Sensei, the founder of Aikido. He was 18 years old and had no experience with martial arts. The experience he gained was one of pure aikido.

Besides O'Sensei, he also took lessons from aikido masters like Kisshomaru Uesshiba, Koichi Tohei, Kisaburo Osawa, Kenji Tomiki, Hiroshi Tada and Seigo Yamaguchi.
An invitation to give an aikido demonstration during the World Fair of 1964 brought Yamada Sensei to New York. He stayed there to become chief instructor of New York Aikikai, and introduce aikido at the West Coast of the USA. Around 1972 he had taken up the role of world-wide aikido ambassador, with which he introduced many thankful pupils to his powerful, inspiring and uplifting way of teaching.