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Aikido with Yamada Shihan in The Netherlands

Hokusō Aikikai 30th Anniversary Celebration, March 2014, Narita Japan

Hokusō Aikikai Holland


Hokusō Aikikai Holland (HAH) is Dutch National affiliate of Hokuso Aikikai Japan since 2011 and is led by master Yamada Hironobu, Aikikai 8th Dan.

Initially Yamada Sensei was invited by Erik Louw Sensei in 2001. Ever since, Yamada Sensei visited The Netherlands on a yearly basis and provided many inspiring seminars in Amsterdam, The Hague, Haarlem, Almere and other cities.

In the course of time, the interest for Sensei's teachings grew and some enthusiastic followers felt the need to study on a closer and more intensive basis. Accordingly, students traveled to Japan while Yamada Sensei visited The Netherlands more frequently. As a result of Sensei’s generosity, friendship and over a decade of teaching in The Netherlands, the need for HAH became imperative.

In The Netherlands, HAH is represented by a group of senior students who remain in close contact with Yamada Sensei. HAH is dedicated to build a community spirit of friendship, mutual respect and non-violence through the practice of Aikido. Additionally, HAH aims to organize and facilitate Aikido research, primarily under guidance of Yamada Shihan. At the same time HAH strives to join forces with those individuals and organizations who may support its goals, interests and values of Aikido.


Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan

Yamada Shihan began his Aikido career in the early 60's at the Jiyugaoka Dojo led by Aikikai’s senior Shihan Hiroshi Tada.

At present, after more than 50 years of apprenticeship, Yamada Shihan remains faithful to Tada Shihan and holds close ties with his only teacher. Naturally, his Aikido is based on the principles and philosophies set by Tada Shihan in the spirit of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba.

Under Tada Shihan's direction Yamada Shihan obtained Dan degrees over 3 generations of Ueshiba family, signed by O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (up to 3rd Dan), his son the late Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba (7th Dan) and his grandson the current Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (8th Dan).


Hokusō Aikikai Worldwide


In 1976, Yamada Shihan established his first independent Dojo, the "JAL Aikido Club" located inside Narita International Airport. Ever since, a growing number of Dojos were established around the Hokusō area located in Chiba Prefecture. With various Dojos in Narita, Sanbu City, Tomisato, Ichihara and Yachimata the Hokusō Aikikai was officially founded in 1983.

When Yamada Shihan was invited to teach overseas, Hokusō Aikikai obtained an International character. Through Sensei’s inexhaustible dedication to teach Aikido both domestically and Internationally, and countless trips around the world Yamada Sensei realized an impressive increase in number of students.

Especially in Russia it went exceptionally well. Under Yamada Sensei's guidance Russia Aikikai prospered literally with thousands of new Aikido practitioners. For these accomplishments Yamada Sensei remains grateful for the firm support and guidance he received from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and Hiroshi Tada Shihan.

Internationally, Hokusō Aikikai holds close ties with Dojos in Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and The Netherlands.