Darren Edwards Sensei began his martial arts training in 1987, trying his hand in Karate before beginning his training with Yoshiaki Unno Sensei(*) in Yoseikan Aikido/ Aikijujutsu. Edwards Sensei stayed as student and friend of Unno Sensei until his death in 2006.
After 2006 Edwards Sensei affiliated with the Institute of Aikido Australia, learning and grading in a traditional style of Aikido.
In late 2012, Edwards Sensei began correspondence with Jan Janssen’s Sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan from the Aikijujutsu Yoseikan. The style and direction of the Aikijujutsu Yoseikan appealed greatly to Edwards Sensei being the roots of his journey in martial arts.
Edwards Sensei is proud of his direct links to Mochizuki Sensei, as a student of Janssens Sensei and Unno Sensei. The result of this is that Edwards Sensei’s teaching is strongly grounded in the traditions and origins of our martial art and how it relates to other traditional unarmed and weapons based Japanese martial arts.
Edwards Sensei holds a 4th Dan grade in Yoseikan Aikido, 5th Dan in Aiki Budo and is a 4th Dan with the Aikijujutsu Kobukai International.
(*) Yoshiaki Unno Sensei was a student of Mochizuki Sensei in Japan and came to Perth in 1974 – he was the founder of Yoseikan Budo in Australia, state Karate coach and hand to hand combat instructor for the SAS. Unno Sensei had more than 30 Dan grades. He held 7th Dan in Aikido, Kobudo, Karate and Iaido, 4th Dan in Nihonden Kempo, Kenjutsu and a 2nd Dan in Judo. He also held Dan grades in other styles of Aikido and Karate.