Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei
8th Dan, Shihan
USAF Chairman

Born in 1938, Yamada Sensei started his Aikido career as an uchi deshi at Hombu Dojo in 1956.

He was the first Shihan to reside permanently in the United States, moving to New York in 1964 as chief instructor of New York Aikikai. He was a key figure in the spread of Aikido throughout North and South America.

He is currently a Technical Director and the Chairman of the USAF, a Technical Director of the CAF and of the FLA, and a member of the Superior Council of the IAF. He has a worldwide following, and travels continuously teaching seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

Videos of Yamada Sensei


Interview with Yamada Sensei, 2008
Inside Aikido: part 1
Inside Aikido: part 2
Memories of Doshu
Promotion and Testing
Interview from Barcelona
Yamada Sensei - Promotions
Competition in Aikido
On Being A Good Instructor
Reflections on 9/11
A Message from Yamada Sensei
Black Vortex - An Interview with Yamada Sensei
Interview with Yamada Sensei