of Yoseikan Budo
Mochizuki Shihan was born in 1936 in Shizuoka. In 1939
Japan extended its power into mainland China. The
Mochizuki family moving to China being a subsequent
started learning the Martial arts with his father who
taught him Kendo early in the morning. After the war the
Mochizuki family returned to Japan where Hiroo Shihan
began learning Aikido and Judo in the rebuilt Yoseikan
the early 50s Hiroo Shihan was sent to the Aikido master
Ueshiba Sensei as an "Uchi-deshi" or
"internal student". He lived with the master at
the dojo of Iwama. There he learnt the extraordinary
Aikido of O Sensei Ueshiba. The ability of this great
master of the martial arts deeply impressed Hiroo Shihan.
enrolled at University to study Veterinary Science, and
there he began learning Shotokan Karate . However his
studies were interrupted in 1957 when he was sent to
Europe by his father to help Jim Alcheik, (a student and friend of Minoru
Kancho) develop the Yoseikan Martial Arts. In Europe Hiroo
Mochizuki Shihan demonstrated Judo, his father's
Aikido, Karate and Kobujutsu.
the end of 1958 he went back to Japan to complete his
degree in Veterinary Science. Around this period he began
Wado Ryu Karate with Master Shinji Michihara, another
Sensei who greatly influenced Hiroo Shihan's martial arts
in 1963 Jim Alcheik's death in an accident resulted
requests for Minoru Mochizuki Kancho's presence in Europe.
Unable to move, Minoru Kancho again sent his son. Hiroo
Shihan thought it was only a temporary assignment however
he never returned to Japan to live after this time.
France Hiroo Shihan taught Karate, taking it to the
highest levels. His presence fostered and highly improved the technique and the organization of Karate and
Aikido. Evidence was the extraordinary victory of the
French team at the first Karate World Championship held in France in 1963.
during this time due to the fear of the martial arts
straying from the original ideas of health, welfare, self
realization and development, Hiroo Shihan began looking at on the one
side the ancient samurai tradition, verses the modern
sport orientated martial arts. This resulted in a long gestation
period, leading, at the end of the 70s, to the conception
and foundation of YOSEIKAN BUDO.
proclamation of this new art created a lot of controversy
in the martial arts world. Many refused to accept it,
among them, were some of Hiroo Mochizuki Shihan's eldest
and closest students.
others, on the other hand, accepted it with enthusiasm.
Yoseikan Budo being recognised as a viable alternative to
the merely sportive and agonistic practice of many martial
Budo now offers two main streams of practice; One aligned
to the traditional practice of martial arts while the
other is more sports orientated. Yoseikan Budo therefore
caters for all ages and interests.
Mochizuki Shihan along with the Yoseikan World Federation
(YWF) Technical Advisors continue developing and refining
Yoseikan Budo to ensure it retains it's effectiveness and
relevance into the 21st Century.