Minoru Mochizuki 望月稔

(7 April 1907-30 May 2003). 10th dan Aikido IMAF, 9th dan jujutsu, 8th dan iaido, 8th dan judo, 8th dan kobudo, 5th dan kendo, 5th dan karate, 5th dan jojutsu. Began judo training at age five and entered the KODOKAN in 1925. He was sent to study with Morihei UESHIBA in 1930 by Jigoro KANO. Mochizuki opened his own dojo in Shizuoka City in November 1931. He was awarded two DAITO-RYU scrolls by Ueshiba in June 1932. Mochizuki was the first to teach aikido in the west when he traveled to France in 1951 as a judo instructor. He is the creator of a composite system including elements of judo, aikido, karate, and KOBUDO known as YOSEIKAN BUDO. Mochizuki appeared in the second FRIENDSHIP DEMONSTRATION held on 25 October 1986. He authored a book titled Nihonden Jujutsu (Traditional Japanese Jujutsu). Spent the last several years of his life residing in France with his son Hiroo MOCHIZUKI. Interviewed AN#54-55; see also AN#62, 65, 71, 72.

Josh Gold

Executive Editor of Aikido Journal, CEO of Budo Accelerator, and co-founder of Ikazuchi Dojo.

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