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Encyclopedia > Fumio Toyoda
Tenzan (Fumio) Toyoda, taken at Chozen-ji temple, Hawaii.
Calligraphy by Fumio Toyoda: Ikkyoku shuchu, Takyoku bunsan ("Concentrate on a single point, spread out to many points"). This phrase was a personal motto.
Calligraphy by Fumio Toyoda: Ikkyoku shuchu, Takyoku bunsan ("Concentrate on a single point, spread out to many points"). This phrase was a personal motto.

Fumio Toyoda, (1947-11-08 - 2001-07-04) was a Japanese aikido teacher who taught extensively in the United States and Europe. Image File history File linksMetadata ToyodaPhoto. ... Image File history File links Ikkyoku. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For the United States holiday, the Fourth of July, see Independence Day (United States). ... Aikido is a modern Japanese budō, developed by Morihei Ueshiba between the 1920s and the 1960s. ...


Raised in Tochigi prefecture in Japan, Toyoda began training at age 10 with his first teacher Koichi Tohei, whose family land neighbored that of the Toyoda family. Toyoda was awarded the rank of shodan at age 17, during a test administered by the late Morihiro Saito. At age 17, he also began training in the misogi methods taught at the Ichukukai Dojo in Tokyo. Toyoda would go on to live for three years at Ichikukai as a resident student, or jyoju. It was here that he began studying zen as well. Tochigi (栃木市 Tochigi-shi) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. ... Koichi Tohei (born January 1920) is a 10th Dan aikidoka and founder of the Ki Society and its style of aikido, officially known as Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido - aikido with mind and body unified, but commonly known as Ki-Aikido. ... Morihiro Saito Morihiro Saito (斎藤守弘) (March 31, 1928 - May 13, 2002) was an aikido teacher with many students around the world. ... Misogi is a Shinto practice involving purification in a waterfall or other natural running water. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the capital of Japan. ... Zen is a form of Mahayana Buddhism that places great importance on moment-by-moment awareness and seeing deeply into the nature of things by direct experience. ...


Toyoda later enrolled as uchideshi at Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, and lived there for over two years. He was awarded sandan rank at age 22, and yondan at 24. As a young instructor at Hombu Dojo, his teaching responsibilities included classes at 11 locations, including Daio Bunka University, Seikei University, and International Christian University. During this time he also visited South Korea, where his instruction included classes for Korean martial art groups and a session for members of the Korean CIA. Toyoda traveled often as otomo (attendant and assistant) for Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and had contact with many other prominent aikido teachers active at the Aikikai. Uchi-deshi (内弟子) is a Japanese term for a live-in student who trains under and assists a sensei, or master, on a full-time basis. ... Aikikai Hombu Dojo Aikikai Hombu Dojo (合気会 本部道場) is the headquarters of the Aikikai which is an umbrella organisation of various national, as well as smaller, aikido organisations. ... Kisshomaru Ueshiba (植芝 吉祥丸 Ueshiba Kisshomaru) (June 27, 1921-January 4, 1999) was the third son of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. ... The Aikikai Foundation (財団法人合気会) is the original organisation for the Japanese budo art aikido, officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940. ...


In 1974, when Koichi Tohei split off from the Aikikai Foundation to eventually form his Ki no Kenkyukai (Ki Society), Toyoda followed. In that same year - now 27 years old and holding the rank of godan - he was sent by Tohei to Chicago, USA. Tohei would eventually promote him to the rank of rokudan. Disagreements between the two, however, led to Toyoda's departure from Tohei's organization. In 1984 Toyoda founded his own Chicago-based organization, the Aikido Association of America. Now independent and traveling extensively to lead seminars, a network of European students would also grow to form a sister organization, Aikido Association International. AAA/AAI would eventually re-affiliate with Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1994. The Aikikai Foundation (財団法人合気会) is the original organisation for the Japanese budo art aikido, officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940. ... The Ki no Kenkyukai, sometimes called Ki Society, was founded by Koichi Tohei in 1971, while he was still the chief instructor at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. ...


Toyoda's activities to promote zen training in the United States were also notable. The International Zen Dojo Sogenkai, a lay organization devoted to promoting Rinzai Zen meditation and training methods, was founded in Chicago in 1979 and developed a number of affiliated branches. Toyoda, confirmed as a lay zen master in 1997 with the Buddhist name of Tenzan Gensei Rokoji, acted for a time as chairman of the board. Sogenkai's mission, as conceived by Toyoda, was to propagate the teachings of the late Omori Sogen Roshi, a well-known zen, sword, and calligraphy master who is considered one of the most influential zen teachers of the 20th century. Toyoda Shihan was a successor of Tenshin Tanouye Roshi, himself a successor of Omori Roshi. Zen is a form of Mahayana Buddhism that places great importance on moment-by-moment awareness and seeing deeply into the nature of things by direct experience. ... There is a disputed proposal that this article should be merged with Rinzai and Linji. ...


On July 4th, 2001 he succumbed to a bacterial infection, dying suddenly at the age of 53.


AAA and AAI continue to be active today, as affiliates of Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan. Several other martial art organizations and schools, founded by Toyoda's senior students after his death, are also active. The zen organizations Toyoda helped build eventually coalesced to form Daiyuzenji, a Rinzai Zen temple still active in Chicago. Aikikai Hombu Dojo Aikikai Hombu Dojo (合気会 本部道場) is the headquarters of the Aikikai which is an umbrella organisation of various national, as well as smaller, aikido organisations. ...


Our Founder: Fumio Toyoda Shihan. Retrieved on 2006-11-12. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 49 days remaining. ...


Bibliography

  • Fumio Tenzan Toyoda by Wayne Muromoto
  • Interview with Fumio Toyoda by Mark Binder

Links to Related Organizations

  • Aikido Association of America/Aikido Association International

 
 

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