North America Hombu, to preserve and develop Mochizuki Minoru Sensei’s techniques and teachings rooted in Ueshiba Sensei’s prewar aikibudo.
$100/month on the basis of 12 months attendance; $110/month on the basis of 11 months attendance; $120/month on the basis of 10 months attendance.
Yearly membership fee: $40.
Checks are preferred, no credit cards, please. No contracts, no billing. Students are responsible for making sure that their dues are paid in a timely manner.
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Budo Yoseikan Dojo
24221 HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD
TORRANCE, CA 90505
310-373-DOJO (3656) / 310ミナサンDOJO
Patrick Augé Shihan 8th dan
Kaoru Sugiyama 5th dan
Aikido is the martial art created by Master Morihei Ueshiba after many years of physical and spiritual training.
· Aikido is a defensive system that teaches one to anticipate an opponent’s intentions, to place oneself at a favorable angle to neutralize the attack, and to redirect it by combining one’s own and the attacker’s momentum together into a throw and/or pin.
· Kicks and punches are never used to defeat an opponent which makes Aikido a legal self-defense system, ideal for all citizens and law-enforcement personnel as well.
The Yoseikan is the school founded in 1931 by Master Minoru Mochizuki, 10th dan Meijin, a direct student of both Master Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo, and Master Morihei Ueshiba.
Yoseikan is called a sogo budo (composite martial way). It includes spiritual training through meditation and self-discipline, as well as the study of attacks for the purpose of developing effective defenses. Consequently, students are also trained to master basic Judo techniques, both throwing and pinning; basic Karate punches and kicks; and basic sword and other weapons skills. Other Aikido schools tend to put less emphasis on these aspects.
After a short period of meditation to calm and prepare mind and body, every class begins with warming up exercises and basics, and then continues with instruction and supervised practice. It ends with cooling down exercises and another brief meditation period. Beginners’ classes last one hour, and students are required to attend two classes a week.
The minimum age is five years old. Children have their own classes, and all classes are co-ed. Please refer to the schedule for details.
Good quality white cotton Judo uniforms are recommended. They are available at the dojo. Beginners can wear T-shirts and sports pants. Hakama (traditional Japanese trousers) are used only by advanced students, for special occasions and training sessions.
Patrick Augé studied with Master Minoru Mochizuki as an uchideshi at the Yoseikan Hombu Dojo in Shizuoka, Japan from 1970 to 1977. He has been the representative of the Yoseikan for North America since 1975, having lived and taught in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada, together with his wife Kaoru Sugiyama, from 1977 to 1993. They moved to the Los Angeles area in 1993 in order to develop Yoseikan Aikido there.
It is recommended that you first come to observe a class for the whole hour and speak with the teacher. Call to make an appointment and be sure to be present.
Students may expect to be tested once a year. Selection is based on attitude, attendance and progress. Everyone is tested individually, filmed, and then promoted only after all suggested corrections and improvements have been made.
The minimum age requirement for black belt is eighteen.
You must demonstrate your ability to maintain a regular attendance twice a week before being considered for more attendance.
When children are angry, it’s their nature to punch and kick. Many problems such as bullying and fighting can be avoided when children are taught to deal with their emotions and use alternatives to aggressive physical behavior. With bullying a social epidemic in Japan, Mochizuki Sensei taught that you stop it by educating the potential victims, rather than by punishing the bully.
International Yoseikan Budo Federation, Seifukai Japan
Patrick Augé, Kaoru Sugiyama
24221 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90505, USA