Our Mission

Sosei Aikido Kyokai offers a venue for Aikido Dojos who are not members of an organization to join and come together, to grow, to┬ánetwork, to provide quality Aikido and promote the highest level of integrity among its member dojos and students. We assist in the growth of its members by sharing of instruction, assisting on exam days, promoting member schools’ events, but most of all to continue Shihan Fumio Toyoda’s dream of spreading Aikido.

Committees of the Sosei Aikido Kyokai

Sosei Aikido Kyokai Teaching Committee:

Roberto (Bob) Garza – Rokudan – Director / Chief Instructor – Sosei Aikido Kyokai
Dr. Henry Brown – Yondan – Soseikan Dojo
Shareef Muhammad – Godan – Bushinkan Dojo
Juan Torres – Yondan – Aikido Center Cincinnati

The Teaching Committee is composed of member dojo of Sosei Aikido Kyokai, Dojo Cho ranked Sandan and above. The Teaching Committee instructs at The Sosei Aikido Kyokai Instructors Seminars and instructs in the Technical Requirements needed to meet minimum test requirements for promotion of Kyu and Dan Ranks within the Kyokai.

Sosei Aikido Kyokai Testing Committee

The Testing Committee is composed of member dojo of Sosei Aikido Kyokai, Dojo Cho and invited Yudansha. The Testing Committee observes and grades students taking Kyu and Dan Rank exams on Kyokai Exam Days. Member Dojo receive Sosei Aikido Kyokai Kyu and Dan Certification from Hombu Dojo Japan.

The testing committee is lead by:

Roberto (Bob) Garza – Rokudan
Director / Chief Instructor – Sosei Aikido Kyokai and Dojo Cho Soseikan Dojo.

About Shihan Fumio Toyoda

Shihan Fumio ToyodaShihan Fumio Toyoda was born in Japan on November 8th, 1947 and began studying Aikido at the age of 10. After earning his shodan in Aikido at age 17, he was accepted as jyoju (live-in student) at the Ichikukai Dojo in Tokyo, where he committed himself to three years of rigorous training in misogi and zen. During this time he also pursued a law degree at Senshu University.

After graduating from Senshu University, Shihan Toyoda lived as uchideshi at Aikido World Headquarters (Aikikai Hombu Dojo), and there began his career as a professional, full-time Aikido instructor. His teaching responsibilities took him to South Korea and Hawaii, where he presented Aikido demonstrations and seminars to instructors and beginners alike. Through these demonstrations and seminars, Shihan Toyoda recognized the growing need for full-time, qualified Aikido instruction and made a personal commitment to spread the art and philosophy of Aikido beyond the shores of his native Japan.

In 1974, Shihan Toyoda moved permanently to the U.S. and settled in Chicago. He began spreading Aikido in the United States at a time when very little Aikido instruction existed in this country. Over the years, Shihan Toyoda established many dojo across the country as well as Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.

He also established training programs in Rinzai Zen meditation, Japanese language, traditional Japanese arts, and other martial arts.

Shihan Fumio Toyoda passed away in Chicago on July 4th, 2001. Shihan Toyoda dedicated his life to promoting Aikido to its highest level throughout America and internationally. He established standards of excellence in Aikido and the application of Aikido philosophy in daily life.

Click here to read a tribute to Shihan Toyoda.

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