Ryu Honbu Dojo is Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu’s headquarters dojo. Classes run from morning to evening
Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu was founded in October, 1996 by Tsuneo Ando Shihan, who spent many years training as an apprentice under Gozo Shioda Sensei. At the time Ando Shihan launched Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu, he was was lucky to have the use of several excellent public facilities (many of which he continues to teach classes at today). However as the number of his students and apprentices grew, Ando Sensei realised the need for a dojo dedicated to the study of aikido from which he could further grow his organisation. In March, 1999 Ryu Dojo was built in Kairaku in Urayasu City in Chiba, Japan. Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu acquired NPO status in 2002 and has since become involved in various voluntary activities in Urayasu City.
Student numbers continued to increase and Ando Sensei’s organisation outgrew the original dojo. In April 2013 a second dojo was built adjacent to the first. Improvements to the facilities included new change rooms; a lounge; facilities for live-in students and increased parking.
Ryu Headquarters Dojo is the center around which all NPO Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu activities revolve, drawing in students from all over Japan. Furthermore, Ando Sensei and his apprentice teachers travel regularly overseas to teach and dojo activities are becoming increasingly global in scope. Every year aikido enthusiasts from many different countries come to stay here at the Ryu Headquarters Dojo. From early in the morning each day, Ando Shihan, his apprentices and his teaching staff devote themselves exclusively to the daily practice and teaching of aikido.