GOZO SHIODA was born in Tokyo in 1915. In 1932 he entered training with Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and became one of his outstanding students. In 1954 he entered the All Japan Martial Arts Exhibition, and won first prize. Holder of the ninth rank black belt, he founded the Yoshinkan Aikido. In 1988 he was awarded the title of Aikido Meijin (Master) by the International Martial Arts Federation. He was also chief instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Air Self-defense Force, the Japanese National Railways, Sophia University, Meiji Gakuin University, and Takushoku University, his alma mater. He passed away in 1994.