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 schools 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 Advisory Board
The Advisory Board is composed of full member dojo of Sosei Aikido Kyokai, Dojo Cho and Yudansha ranked Sandan and above. The Advisory Committee helps set the Policies of the Kyokai by advising and working with the Director of Sosei Aikido Kyokai.

Roberto (Bob) Garza – Godan – Director – Sosei Aikido Kyokai

Kyokai Advisory Committee:

Dianne Costanzo – Yondan – Tokushinkan Dojo
Elisabeth Menning – Yondan – Onshinkan Dojo
David Rose – Yondan – Soseikan Dojo
Juan Torres – Sandan – Aikido Center Cincinnati
Lionel Romanzow – Sandan – Gakushinkan Dojo
Shareef Muhammad – Sandan – Bushinkan Dojo
Dr. Henry Brown – Sandan – Soseikan Dojo

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

Kyokai Teaching Committee:

Bob Garza – Godan – Soseikan Dojo
Dianne Costanzo – Yondan – Tokushinkan Dojo
Elisabeth Menning – Yondan – Onshinkan Dojo
David Rose – Yondan – Soseikan Dojo

Sosei Aikido Kyokai Testing Committee
The Testing Committee is composed of full member dojo of Sosei Aikido Kyokai, Dojo Cho and Yudansha ranked Sandan and above. The Testing Committee observes and grades students taking Kyu and Dan Rank exams on Kyokai Exam Days. Only Full Member Dojo can receive Sosei Aikido Kyokai Kyu and Dan Certification.

Kyokai Testing Committee:

Bob Garza – Godan – Soseikan Dojo
Dianne Costanzo – Yondan – Tokushinkan Dojo
Elisabeth Menning – Yondan – Onshinkan Dojo
David Rose – Yondan – Soseikan Dojo
Juan Torres – Sandan – Aikido Heiwa Toushikan Dojo
Lionel Romanzow – Sandan – Gakushinkan Dojo
Shareef Muhammad – Sandan – Bushinkan Dojo
Dr. Henry Brown – Sandan – Soseikan Dojo

It should be noted that any Dojo can become an Associate Member of Sosei Aikido Kyokai, but only Full Member Dojo get the opportunity to sit on committees and take a greater leadership roll within Sosei Aikido Kyokai. Associate member dojo receive discounted seminar pricing.

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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