YoshinKan is a Japanese form of martial arts characterized by initiating attacks, body control and throws. There is a strong emphasis on pulling and pushing energy. Yoshinkan is a style of akido that emphasizes correct form over correct timing, thus contributing to its image as a hard style. Heavy emphasis is placed on stance, basic movements, attention to distance, and balance. It is not a competitive style sport.
Founded in 1955 by Japanese akido teacher Gozo Shioda, Yoshinkan is a style of akido akin to the Aki Budo technique practiced before World War II. In 1990, Shioda founded the International Yoshinkai Aikido Federation in order to facilitate the learning of Yoshinkan outside of Japan. Today, both the All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Federation and the International Yoshinkan Akido Federation are now led by the founder's son, Yasuhisa Shioda.