Sensei Takashi Kushida
May 2, 1935 - May 10, 2012

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of  Sensei Takashi Kushida, who died on May 10, 2012 after an extended illness.

The founder of Yoshokai Aikido, Kushida-Sensei was one of the first uchideshi of Gozo Shioda-Sensei — an original student of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei.


It was with sadness that on Monday 27th December 2010 we received the news of the sudden passing of our dear friend Miya Sovetnikova.

Those of us lucky enough to have known this very special lady even in this moment of sadness can take comfort and strength in remembering her smile, her warmth and positive outgoing charisma that made you feel good even if things seemed bad, her very entrance into the dojo brought energy to everyone.

Miya was more than just my student she was my friend and mentor enquiring nearly every day about my health and often telling me off if she thought that I was doing something wrong.

I could write a whole book about Miya, her funny ways, her great sense of humor but its enough to say that she touched the hearts of all of us and I know that I speak on behalf of everyone.

Yes Miya we will sadly miss you but your spirit will always live inside each of us and the Misogikan Dojo.

Your Friend and Sensei
David Eayrs


Some photos of Miya are published in the gallery.


It is with sadness that I announce the passing away of my friend and fellow Aikidoka Sensei John France following a long illness.

All of us who knew John here send his wife Sheila and his family our condolences.

John was one of the early pioneers of Yoshinkan Aikido in England and many of the now highly ranked Sensei owe their start in Aikido to John.

I have known John and his family for well over 30 years and remember well the times we spent  together they were times of warmth and happiness.

John came to see me in Russia a couple of years ago and one evening we were invited to have dinner with our Russian friends who live on the next floor of our apartment block after a few hours I returned home leaving John with my friends and he stayed until 04:00 hrs entertaining with his great sense of humor, how I don’t because my friends don’t speak English but in this time he made a lasting impression on our friends with his charisma, wit and open minded approach to life, this was John at his best.

Thank you for being my friend  I am lucky to have so many warm memories of times we have spent together.

Rest in Peace old friend.

David, Oksana, Nikita and your Russian friends Andre, Firuza and the two boys.



Andre Deveen

(13th September 1981 – 26th October 2002)

Andre Deveen Memorial

Some time ago a young man came to my dojo and said "Sensei I have read many books about Aikido and in particular about Master Gozo Shioda, please may I join your classes" and nearly every day since that time young Andre has trained at my side.

Some months ago Andre said "Sensei I wish to become your Deshi, I realize that I cannot become a deshi in the real sense but I will do the best that I can".

Andre did his best to become a true deshi and Aikidoka of Yoshinkan he watched my every moment to try and sense my needs, I remember each morning as I arrive at the dojo for training Andre would always be there before me waiting for me to arrive so that he could carry my bags from my car to the dojo. And how one day he said to me with such pride "Sensei, I have studied from several books on how to fold the Hakama now I have learnt several ways to beautifully fold your Hakama, at the recent seminar here in Moscow with Kancho Inoue Sensei every coffee and lunch break would find Andre standing outside the room where Kancho rested between training, one lunch time I said Andre please go and eat lunch he I can't sensei maybe you or Kancho will need something, and I must study Nakano Sensei to learn how to be a true deshi.

Sadly Andre, his Mother and Father went to see the musical 'North East' and as the world knows the theater was subjected to an act of terrorism as result of this Andre died, and his funeral took place on Saturday 2nd November 2002. All of Misogikan students came to say good bye to this young Aikidoka who was an inspiration to all.

Andre's dream was to earn the black belt of Yoshinkan, technically he was already at this standard and was to take his examination in the new year. Prior to his coffin being sealed and in the time when every one could say their last farewells to him I posthumously awarded him his Shodan and with his Mothers permission placed my black belt in his coffin from all of us who love Aikido.



David Eayrs
Moscow Russia



Hanshi Kiyoyuki Terada 

Hanshi Kiyoyuki Terada (in the center sitting) during his visit in Russia 12.06.2001
Hanshi Kiyoyuki Terada (in the center sitting) during his visit in Russia. 12.06.2001.


It was with sadness that I was informed of the passing away of the great Aikido Master Kiyoyuki Terada Hanshi on July 13th 2009, we the Misogikan send our condolences to his family, students and friends.

I remember the wonderful warm moments that I have spent with him both in Japan and here in Russia , his contribution to the development of Yoshinkan Aikido world wide was of great importance and it was his drive and natural charisma as co-founder of the Yoshinkan that helped set the Yoshinkan on its path to international recognition.

I have selected a few photographs of Terada Hanshi taken both in Japan and Russia which you may like to look at, each shows a special moment in his company.

David Eayrs

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