Origins of Aikido
The origin of Aikido is in a Japanese fighting technique known as Daitoryu Aiki-Jujutsu. One of the most prominent students was Morihei Ueshiba, who, after deep study developed the basis for modern day Aikido. One of his students, Gozo Shioda, began studying with Ueshiba Sensei in 1932 during the developmental stage of modern Aikido. In 1952, Shioda Sensei put on the first major demonstration of Aikido for the general public in Japan. That same year he organized his own school of Aikido, the Yoshinkan, and took in eleven live-in professional students, including Takashi Kushida.
Kushida Sensei studied Aikido at the Yoshinkan school for ten years as a live-in student. After this period of intense study he was made Senior Assistant Instructor at the Yoshinkan. In 1973 Kushida Sensei retired his position at the Yoshinkan after he was invited to teach in the United States. In 1991 Kushida Sensei formed his own organization called Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America (AYANA).
Today, Kushida Sensei's legacy continues to be taught by his son Akira Kushida Sensei and his daughter Keiko Kushida-Cauley Sensei at his school, the Genyokan Dojo located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. AYANA sanctions over 50 instructors at nearly 40 locations around the United States, Japan, and Australia.