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 and teaches weekly at Seishinjuku Dojo in Culver City, California and Ikazuchi Dojo in Irvine, California. On an annual basis, Matsuoka Sensei also leads seminars at affiliated dojos of the Doshinokai Association around world.

Calligraphy by Abe Seseiki Sensi



The Shidoin designation is bestowed upon active Dojo head instructors with a minimum rank of Yondan. Shidoin instructors have the ability to test students up to the level of 1st Kyu. Under Aikido Doshinokai Association, Shidoin’s are appointed directly by Chief Instructor Haruo Matsuoka.

  • Mitsu Mano, Culver City Aikido Dojo
  • Josh Gold, Ikazuchi Dojo
  • Craig Dunn, Taos Kihon Dojo
  • Garry Howard, American Aikido Institute
  • Thierry Body, Kenma Dojo
  • David Bunnell, Culver City Aikido Dojo


The Doshinokai Association’s founder and its members are committed to the preservation and propagation of the art of Aikido. In pursuit of this vision, we strive toward making learning the art accessible to everyone by creating a training structure whereby all members can commit to training consistently. We see this as the only way for students to internalize the essential values inherent to the art naturally and apply its wisdoms to various aspects of their lives.

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