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Uchi-deshi (内弟子, lit. "inside student") is a Japanese term for a live-in student/apprentice who trains under and assists a sensei on a full-time basis. The system exists in kabuki, rakugo, shogi, igo, aikido, sumo, karate and other modern Japanese martial arts.


  • Lifestyle 1
  • Related terms 2
  • Current uchi-deshi programs 3
  • Current special training programs 4
  • External links 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7


Uchi-deshi usually live in the dōjō or the home of the teacher, or in separate accommodations near the dōjō. He serves the teacher all day, every day. Duties may include cleaning and secretarial work. In contrast to uchi-deshi, students who live outside are referred to as soto-deshi (外弟子, lit. "outside students"). Some dojo, like Aikido in Fredericksburg, have uchideshi rooms right in the dojo.

Historically, an uchi-deshi was typically chosen and groomed to become the next head of a school of martial arts when a direct family member was not available. Nowadays, the term is used synonymously as an apprenticeship.

Related terms

In modern times, the role is also referred to as tsukibito (付き人, lit. "attached person"). Other terms include senshūsei (専修生 "specialized student") and kenshūsei (研修生, "intensive training student" or "research student"), although these terms are more general and do not necessarily indicate a live-in apprentice. Senshūsei and kenshūsei often refer to set training programs or goal-oriented training rather than students who have a special relationship with a teacher. For example, kenshūsei of the Kodokan dojo began training for Olympic Judo competition in 1960.[1] The term renshū-sei (練習生) is used in Japanese pro wrestling. The term jikideshi translates to "personal pupil" and is a term used for students who show dedication and commitment to their master and/or school.

Current uchi-deshi programs

  • Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu[2]
  • Aikido Shudokan[3]
  • Aikido of South Florida[4]
  • Aikido in Fredricksburg[5]
  • Nippon Kan[6]
  • Aikido of San Leandro[7]
  • Kyokushin Karate Goki-Ryo[8]
  • Aikido of Berkeley[9]
  • Aikido Association of America[10]
  • Aikido Heiwa[11]
  • Asociación Sudamericana de Aikido, Buenos Aires[12]
  • Seibukan Jujutsu, Monterey Budokan, Monterey, CA[13]
  • Shinjinkai, Chicago[14]
  • México Aikido, Mexico City[15]

Current special training programs

External links

  • Patrick Augé Becoming an Uchideshi: How to Train Seriously in Japan

See also


  1. ^ Bluming, J. "The Beast of Amsterdam", Journal of Combative Sport, March 2000. Retrieved on 3 September 2014.
  2. ^ Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu Uchideshi system
  3. ^ Uchideshi/Dojosei program
  4. ^ Aikido of South Florida Uchideshi Program
  5. ^ Special Projects Information
  6. ^ Nippon Kan Uchideshi Information
  7. ^ Uchi-deshi Intensive Training Option
  8. ^ Goki-Ryo
  9. ^ Aikido of Berkeley Uchi Deshi
  10. ^ Aikido Association of America Uchideshi Program
  11. ^ Aikido Heiwa Uchi-Deshi
  12. ^ (Spanish) Programa de Deshis
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Shinjinkai Aikido Uchideshi Training Program
  15. ^ (Spanish)Mexico Aikido: Uchi Deshi
  16. ^ International Senshusei Course Training Details
  17. ^ Aikido Mugenjuku Kenshusei Course details
  18. ^ classes tagged with Kenshu at Aikido Yoshinkai Burnaby
  19. ^ Kodokan School of Judo
  20. ^ JKA instructor qualification
  21. ^ CSSD Advanced Studies Program
  22. ^ [2]
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