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Master Minoru Mochizuki

Minoru Mochizuki (1907-2003) was a Japanese martial artist who founded the Yoseikan dojo. He was ranked 10th dan Aikido (IMAF), 9th dan jujutsu, 8th dan iaido, 8th dan judo, 8th dan kobudo, 5th dan kendo, 5th dan karate, and 5th dan jojutsu.

Minoru was born in Shizuoka, Japan, and was a direct student of judo founder Jigoro Kano, aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba and Shotokan Karate founder Gichin Funakoshi.

Minoru Mochizuki believed that the martial arts were distorted by focusing on separate disciplines and transformation them into sports.

He gathered major techniques of Japanese martial tradition into a single clear structure. He led the development of his system from his home in Shizuoka, Japan, where his dojo, the Yoseikan, was often visited by martial arts practitioners from all over the world.

His art is practiced in about 30 countries around the world, and the organization continues to grow and expand to more countries each year.

He died in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Morihei Ueshiba developed Aikido from his combat studies of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu with Sokaku Takeda, and his spiritual studies with Onisaburi Deguchi and the Omoto Kyo.

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Minoru Mochizuki

Minoru Mochizuki, began training in kendo at the age of five, at his grandfather's dojo in Shizuoka. Then he began Judo and joined the Kodokan in 1925 where he...

became an outstanding competitor.

Under the tutelage of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, Mochizuki became the youngest member of the Kobudo Kenkyukai - an organization for the study, preservation and development of classical martial arts.

Here he practiced Katori Shinto-ryu, and in 1930, was sent by Jigoro Kano to study aikijujutsu with Morihei Ueshiba. He was the uchideschi of Ueshiba at the Kobukan dojo for a year before opening his own dojo in Shizuoka City in 1931.

Minoru Mochizuki was awarded two Daito-Ryu scrolls by Ueshiba in June 1932 ("Goshinyo no te" and "Hiden ogi no koto").

He spent eight years in Mongolia where he was named Second Governor, and was active as an educator and entrepreneur of projects to improve communications and irrigation.

His idea of combating communism with the application of the principles of "mutual welfare and prosperity" and of "the best use of energy" of Jigoro Kano contributed to the development of his region.

His irrigation project was completed after the Second World War by the Chinese authorities. Mochizuki was the first to teach aikido in the West when he traveled in France from 1951 to 1953 as a judo teacher.

He taught at his dojo of Shizuoka until nearly the end of the last millennium and spent the last years of his life in France with his son Hiroo.

Mochizuki created a complete system using elements of judo, aikido, karate, and Kobudo known as Yoseikan Budo.

He appeared in the 2nd Aikido Friendship Demonstration in 1986, and also wrote - Nihonden Jujutsu (Traditional Japanese Jujutsu). More Here

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