In late 2008 Hashimoto Sensei sent a letter of invitation to join him in a friendship Seminar in rural Matsusaka Japan with a view to inviting a few organisations to participate in what might become a regular event. It was a happy out come that Master Koretoshi Maruyama and Michael Williams Sensei from Aikido Yuishinkai agreed to teach together with Minoru Oshima Sensei from the Kodokai Aikido and planning began in earnest.

With a few visits each way to fine tune the details and many many emails the friendship seminar was realised though the support of Aikido Yuishinkai Australia and many students who wanted to come to train to practice aikido it turned into a reality. With 30 students from Australia, a smattering from overseas including Franco from Italy and plenty of Japanese aikidoka it was a fabulous time on and off the mat. Sensei informally open the seminar the night before with a Sake tasting party and the next morning the seminar was opened with some traditional Japanese arts. With high energy instruction from Oshima Sensei a master classes from Williams  Sensei and Maruyama Sensei's latest revelations about this fascinating art there was barely time to unwind in the hot baths before doing it all again the next day..it even made the local TV news. For instructors Gess and Andrew it was a special moment to be presented with dan certificates in Japan and a rare occasion indeed to see Williams Sensei presented with a 10th Dan certificate as well. Hitomi san and Hashimoto Sensei were awarded senior dan grades and gave a truly inspiring demonstration of their skills. All too soon the seminar was over - but wait there was more  as many stayed on for a fabulous cultural tour of Japan.

There is too much to talk about here but you can read and see plenty more on http://japanaikido2010.blogspot.com/  and watch Gabby eating Natto as well!

Danny (Brisbane Aikido Republic)

In late 2008 Hashimoto sensei (founder of Junshinkai) extended an invitation to Australia Aikido Yuishinkai students to visit his dojo in a celebration of Aikido with out boundaries.  And thus the idea of a friendship seminar and a celebration of aikido was born. Instructors were invited and an aikido program and cultural tour arranged for May 2010. With strong support form Australian dojo and many international dojo as well it promising to be an exciting gathering for Aikido Yuishinkai an an opportunity to meet with similar groups as well

Will site primarly is for Aikido Yuishinkai students who are interested in attending this seminar. Sensei has advised that any interested attendees of all affiliations are welcome. please send email to seminar (AT) ozaikido.com if you are interested as there are just a few places remina

Japan Aikido Friendship Seminar
 May 2-4 2010
Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture, 
Hosted by  Yoshitake Hashimoto sensei, Founder Junshinkai Aikido

to be followed by a cultural tour (optional)

Join a fabulous line up of senior instructors from Japan and around the world for three days of exploring aikido without boundaries  building a bridge between Japan and Australia. 

Featuring Instructors
Master Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei, Founder Aikido Yuishinkai
Minoru Oshima Sensei, Founder Kodokai Aikido
Michael Williams Sensei, International Chief instructor Aikido Yuishinkai

Matsusaka Slideshow

Images of dojo and the town of Matsusaka and nearby Ise shrine

Participating Organisations

Junshinkai Aikido  (Host Organisation)


Asanokan Ryokan Post seminar

Asanokan Ryokan - Post seminar celebration