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aries admin 06-28-2002 02:25 AM

Yoshinkan Vs Aikikai Terminilogies
Been having a hard time getting to understand the Yoshinkan Terminologies. Some techinques may have been spelled differently they are easilly distinguishable. Others are really ALIEN to me. I tried seaching for the words in the Aikido Encyc but to no avail. Question is this: Is it me alone or others have the same exeprience?

ianb 06-28-2002 03:43 AM

Boy, I'm glad you asked. I'm in a yoshinkan dojo at the moment but next year I'll be changing countries, and there's only Aikikai where I'm going.

So I'll be 'changing codes' too. I found the web resources are not so hot on Yoshinkan terms: we are outnumbered, I suspect.

When I started I knew nothing. I found Total Aikido by Gozo Shioda as much an excellent resource for the language as well as for the techniques.

Also, Aikido: Exercises for Teaching and Training by C M Shifflett is pretty good for connecting the language together: when Ms Shifflett describes a techinque, she gives all the names used in the different styles as well as references in different texts.

You are not alone.

Ron Tisdale 06-28-2002 08:42 AM

Try going to and getting a copy of Koichi Inoue's Yoshinkan training manual. The pictures will be recognisable for the techniques, and the terminalogy will be very clear.

Yoshinkan tends to stick with prewar terminology like ikkajo, nikkajo, etc. (from Daito ryu, but not representative of the Ikkajo, Nikkajo series of 30 techniques). Its really not that hard once you get used to fact it tends to be easy once you get the format. Ex:

shomenuchi ikkajo osae ichi

front strike / 1st control / pin number one
you know this/ you know this / pin number one denotes linear technique, often done from aihamne (mutual stance) and entering. Yoshinkan basic shomenuchi xxx osae ichi techniques usually start with shite striking to begin the technique (iwama stylists do this as well I believe).

osae ni (pin number two) would denote a pivoting technique after the initial entry, ususually starts in gyakuhamne (opposite stance), and uke strikes to begin the technique.

Things tend to be very clearly delineated, and laid out. If you have specific questions, let me know and I'll try to help out.

Ron Tisdale

Steven 06-28-2002 08:54 AM

For a complete list of terms as used by use Yoshinkan crazys, please visit the website of Aikido Yoshinkai Canada at:

Happy reading ...

Steven Miranda

Chocolateuke 07-09-2002 10:10 PM

Steven great web site ( your aikido website)! keep up the good work!

aries admin 07-25-2002 09:12 PM

Hi Sorry for the delayed repy, thank you all for the reply

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