Aikido College



Aikido College is an intensive aikido course being run for the third year by Tsuneo Ando Shihan at Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu. The course runs over 11 months and the syllabus covers kamae, the basic movements, the basic techniques, advanced, applied and self-defence techniques, teaching methods, jiyuwaza and some weapons work. Students will study not only the correct form of Yoshinkan Aikido techniques but also how those techniques can be used to develop and attain center power. Aikido College is designed to foster personal growth and create well-rounded aikido professionals who can integrate back into and be of service to their communities.

Classes will be held 5 days a week at Ryu Honbu Dojo and at another larger community dojo in Urayasu (please see the attached training schedule). In addition to Aikido College classes, College students will also be expected to attend another 5 classes (of their own choosing) per week.

Students will be taught exclusively by Ando Shihan and his uchi deshi and will be challenged to push their limits with strict and physically demanding training. They will also have the opportunity to gain some hands-on teaching experience. Through cultural studies such as Japanese language studies and shoudo (Japanese calligraphy) students will gain a greater understanding of aikido and how it is interwoven with Japanese culture. Students will also be expected to attend and volunteer at various dojo functions and community events.

Graduates of the Aikido College are automatically accepted for membership of the RWAF and are not required to pay the entrance fee.  They will have individual membership until such time as they have a dojo and students and wish to change to dojo membership.


Monthly fee
35,000 (+Tax) JPY
Yearly fee
4,000 JPY
Sports insurance
(per year)
1,850 JPY
(not required if students are already covered)
Ryu Honbu Dojo
joining fee
2,000 (+tax) JPY
(not required if you are already a member)

(*NPO Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu has a system whereby financial assistance with tuition fees is available in the form of a loan. Please contact us if you would like further information.)


On completion of the course to set standards, students will be able to test for their Yoshinkan Aikido shodan. Students who already hold their Y oshinkan Aikido shodan and are eligible will be able to test for one level above their current rank (students who are registered members of another Aikido Dojo will require the permission of their teacher in order to test). Please note that completion of the course does not guarantee that students will be eligible to test or that they will pass their tests. Students will also receive a certificate stating that they completed the course to set standards.


  • Aikido College will run from Tuesday May 9th, 2017 until Friday, March 30th, 2018. (It is recommended that students try to plan their arrival in Japan a month or two before the start of the course to acclimatize as much as possible before they begin.
  • The course is open to men and women from 18-40 years of age.
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible before the deadline of Friday the 31st of March 2017. Applications can be sent by mail, fax or e-mail and should include the following:* Fully completed application form. [Download Application Form]
    * Brief resumé or personal history including any relevant educational or employment information.
    * Letter of permission from your current aikido teacher or other person of authority.

Space on the course is limited to 10 students and applicants will be served on a first-come first-served basis. (Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu reserves the right to refuse applications without providing a reason).

Fax number: +81-47-355-7140



  1. Students must abide by the laws of Japan. Students are considered ambassadors for both their own country and for Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu. As such, they are expected to conduct themselves according to high moral and social standards at all times. Student should be respectful of the cultural conventions of their host country.
  2. They are expected to be respectful towards their seniors, instructors and fellow students. They are also expected to train at all times with a spirit of teamwork and co-operation with their fellow students.
  3. Students will be punctual, organised and follow instructions from their seniors and instructors promptly. Students are expected to attend all classes. If students are unable to train due to illness or injury, they are expected to attend class as an observer. If they are unable to observe classes, a doctor’s certificate is required.
  4. Students will pay their monthly tuition fees promptly and in advance (ie before the end of the previous month). Students who do not pay their tuition fees may be expelled from the course. In the case of financial difficulties, please inform us immediately. Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu will provide assistance wherever possible but will not be held responsible for any financial problems that occur.
  5. Students who do not abide by the Course Regulations or the laws of Japan or who do not fulfill attendance requirements may be expelled from the course and have their visas revoked (if Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu is the sponsor). Students may also be expelled for intentionally causing damage to property or injury to other students or for disrupting training in any way.


  1. Applicants are responsible for organising their own visas initially. Please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your home country to enquire about visa requirements and eligibility. Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu will provide assistance with visas where possible after students have completed a two-month probationary period.
  2. Due to the training schedule and visa restrictions, students will be unable to work full-time. For this reason, it is recommended that you bring with you enough money to live off for the duration of the course and supplement this with part-time work. Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu will provide assistance with finding accommodation where possible. There are numerous websites offering information on living and working in Japan.
  3. Students are expected to look presentable at all times. Some dojo functions will require a suit/business dress. Piercings should be removed during training for safety reasons. Japanese summers are very hot and humid. Dogis should be changed, washed and dried frequently out of respect for your fellow students. You will require at least 3 dogis. Dogis can be ordered and purchased through Ryu Honbu Dojo.
  4. Students will be able to spend the time in between classes either in the dojo or at Ryu House (above the #2 dojo). Ryu House has shower and cooking facilities, washing machine and a fridge.
  5. The information contained in this package is intended to provide a broad outline for students who may be interested in applying for the course. If you have any questions or would like more specific information, please contact us at TEL/FAX: (+81) 047-355-7140


May: Aikido College Opening Ceremony

Urayasu City Aikido Demonstration

June: Japanese Cultural Studies – Misogi (Nerima, Tokyo)

July: Shioda Sensei Grave Memorial Visit

August: Summer Training

Summer Festival

October: Yamanashi Prefecture Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration

All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration

January: Urayasu City Aikido Association Kagamibiraki

February: General Training Seminar

March: Graduation Ceremony

Kashima and Kattori Shrine visits