Rank: 7th dan, SHIHAN Aikikai Takaoka
Koji Yoshida sensei was born in 1951 in Toyama prefecture. At 19, he moved
to Tokyo to study with Shoji Nishio sensei and continued to be a direct
student of Nishio sensei for over 34 years.
He holds the rank of 7th dan in each of the following arts: Aikido (shihan
Aikikai Takaoka), Iaido (Toho Iaido), Iaido renshi (Muso Shinden-ryu),
and Shodo (calligraphy).
In 2000 Nishio Sensei appointed him to conduct seminars in the U.S.A.,
France, Ukraine, and other European countries.
In 2005, he was invited to teach at the Aiki Expo in Los Angeles.
Yoshida sensei teaches the fundamental and core principles of Nishio sensei's
aikido through empty-hand techniques which are also expressed with the
bokken, jo, and sword. Nishio sensei had always told that in order to keep
aikido from dying, we must continue to keep the art current through continued
revisions and upgrades. Yoshida has done a masterful job of continuing
to expand and refine aikido by developing more detailed ken tai ken, ken
tai jo, and Toho Iaido that are much more literal to the empty-hand techniques.
His revisions provide an easier path to allow students to see the important
lessons and connections the weapons provide to understanding empty-hand
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