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Yoshinkan Aikido
Welcome to Aikido Hiryukan


What is Aikido?
Yoshinkan Aikido
Why Aikido?
Dojo Location
The Teacher's Teacher
Who is the teacher?
Welcome Letter
Class Schedule
Children & Aikido
Women's Self-defence
Student Testimonials
News & Events
Affiliated Dojos
Aikido Links
Photo Gallery
Stephen Sensei subduing a knife attack


Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to learn a martial art, so naturally you must find an art that meets your needs and expectations. Choosing a martial art, a style or a school that fits your personal requirements is essential but it can be a challenging decision. Browsing our website should provide you with a good understanding of what Aikido Hiryukan offers. If it sounds like it suits you, I'd like to hear from you, and ask that you don't hesitate to contact me, Stephen Ohlman to answer any questions you may have, or to arrange to visit as a guest and watch a class.

Aikido Hiryukan is a martial art school for everyone.

Adults will benefit from expert guidance as they learn powerful defensive techniques in a strictly focused, yet supportive and friendly environment. Children will have a lot of fun learning new physical skills such as balance, co-ordination, and safe falling, along with a vast array of very effective defensive techniques. In addition, they will learn a very valuable set of life skills including self-confidence, self-respect, self-discipline, respect for others, classroom focus, and of course responsible camaraderie through practice.

Students are not taught fighting, violence or aggression. In fact, Yoshinkan Aikido is unique in its effective method of controlling movements to minimize aggressive behaviour no matter how large or powerful the aggressor. For that reason, it has been deemed mandatory training in Tokyo for all female police officers, and Tokyo Riot Police candidates must attain Shodan (1st degree black belt) status before qualifying to join the squad.

Some of our current students have come from other martial art disciplines. If you've been a student of Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, Kung Fu, etc., you will soon discover some obvious benefits to studying Yoshinkan Aikido, as an alternative to, or in addition to your current budo training.

So please, look around our website and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions whatsoever.


Stephen Ohlman