The origins of Yoshinken
Yo = To bring up, to cultivate, to support.
Shin = Spirit, feeling of
a new meaning.
Ken = Sword, (feeling),
way of the fist as in Taikiken ( Kenpo ).
Yoshinken was founded and established in Sweden during summer 2002 by
Marshall McDonagh based upon his background and experience in Japanese
Budo and Chinese Wushu, in particular Takiken ( Japan ) and Yiquan ( China ).
This martial way and philosophy has two distinct directions one being
for health and well being, the other being development in the Neijaquan or internal martial art systems, however both directions have the same
foundation, having an identical beginning to every training.
The principles of Yoshinken are those of Taikiken ( Headmaster Soshi
Kenichi Sawai 1903 – 1988 ) which are to individually and actively
develop your life energy ( Ki in Japanese or Qi in Chinese ) in harmony with nature and your
surroundings throughout your life.
The meaning of Yoshinken
1. Yoshinken is for those who have been
involved with Budo or Wushu and are still searching for that
extra deepness and balance, leading to satisfaction and harmony in
training and life. Yoshinken through the roots of Taikiken and Yiquan
will definitely improve your health.
2. With better concentration, focus, judgement, giving distance to your
normal daily work and routines.
3. Stress and all the associated symptoms such as tiredness, insomnia,
pain, exhaustion, irritation, can be brought under control.
4. Blood pressure can be better stabilised, in fact all the organs of
the body benefit from this training.
5. Due to the way and nature of this unique system of training the risk
of muscle, joint, or bone injuries are very remote.
Special features of Yoshinken
• Can be practised almost anywhere, preferably outdoors close to
nature, trees, and water.
• No special clothes are necessary
• Not limited to any particular time of day although early morning is
• After the initial entry into the art, we use no fixed forms ( Kata )
• Can be practised alone or in a group.
• Uses the eastern classical concept of teaching and grading ( Menkyo
• Yoshinken includes a special form of standing meditation, slow defined
movements to stimulate the flow of ”Qi” including different stretching
exercises methodically and carefully working the joints, and tendons,
resulting in a refreshed, recharged, well-being condition promoting a
good balance between mind and body.
• Students are only accepted on recommendation or after personal
What does Yoshinken mean to your future?
Yoshinken together with a basic
knowledge for balance in daily living and diet, all combine to make
THE PATH TO QUALITY IN LIFE