Robert Mustard Sensei
Robert Mustard Sensei (8th Dan) is recognized worldwide as being among the very best Yoshinkan Aikido practitioners and instructors.
For close to 10 years he trained as a student of Soke Gozo Shioda, founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, Takafumi Takeno Sensei, 9th Dan; and Tsutomu Chida Sensei, 8th Dan. In 1991 Mustard Sensei was appointed Itaku Shidoin by Shioda Kancho and remained the Chief Foreign Instructor at the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo until he moved back to Canada in 1995.
He began his Yoshinkan Aikido training under Takeshi Kimeda Sensei (9th Dan) over 30 years ago. After achieving the level of san-dan (3rd degree black belt), he left Toronto to continue his study at the Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu Dojo (headquarters) in Tokyo.
In 1987, Robert Mustard Sensei completed the intense 9-month Senshusei training course which is mandatory training for the Tokyo Riot Police and Honbu Dojo instructors. As a direct result of his determination and focus in this grueling training, he was among the first foreigners ever to receive the award for best performance at the annual All-Japan Yoshinkan Demonstration.
Today when he isn’t conducting clinics at aikido dojos all over the world, he is instructing classes in his own dojo located in Burnaby, B.C. Canada. This is where he now lives with his wife Carol and daughter Emily.
Robert Mustard Sensei teaches virtually all classes at Aikido Yoshinkai Burnaby. He teaches two types of lesson at his dojo; regular instruction and Kenshu lessons. Kenshu (research) classes deal with detailed and logical explanation of techniques.
Robert Mustard attained the rank of Nana-dan (7th degree black belt) in December 2006, and was awarded the title of Shihan in August 2011. He was awarded Hachi-dan (8th degree black belt) by the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in November 2014.