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
- Ikazuchi Dojo (USA)
- Culver City Aikido (USA)
- Taos Kihon Dojo (USA)
- American Aikido Institute (USA)
- Mikasa Dojo (USA)
- Kenma Dojo (Belgium)
- Kisei Dojo (Spain)
- Aikido Daniel Diaz (Spain)
- Dojo Zentrum (Spain)
- A.S.A.H.I. Dojo (Italy)
- Kokyu Dojo (New Zealand)
- Budo Pavillion (USA)
DOSHINOKAI CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS – SHIDOIN
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
- Gary Howard, American Aikido Institute
- Thierry Body, Kenma Dojo
- David Bunnell, Budo Pavillion