The Aikido Doshinokai Association and its members share the common goal of promoting the principles, practice, and philosophy of the martial art of Aikido, as developed by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder. Aikido Doshinokai was formed in 2000 by Haruo Matsuoka, 6th dan.
Matsuoka Sensei was a direct student of Seiseki Abe Sensei, (1915-2011), one of the closest and highest ranking disciples of the founder of Aikido, and the founder’s shodo (Japanese calligraphy) instructor. His aikido has appeared in numerous feature films and was an instrumental catalyst in bringing awareness of aikido to the United States after moving to America in the 1980s with Steven Seagal, his first aikido teacher.
Matsuoka Sensei resides in Southern California. He spends his time teaching at Ikazuchi Dojo in Irvine, CA and the Culver City Aikido Dojo, as well as traveling to lead seminars and teach at Doshinokai association member dojos.
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Affiliated Dojos and Friends of Doshinokai
- Taos Kihon Dojo
- American Aikido Institute
- Mikasa Dojo
- Kenma Dojo (Belgium)
- Kisei Dojo (Spain)
- A.S.A.H.I. Dojo (Italy)