Born in Tokyo in 1949, Yoshinori Kono is a Japanese martial arts master and researcher. He launched Shouseikan Dojo in 1978, and has dedicated himself to research and development of a unique style of martial arts. His research has been utilized effectively in various fields such as sports, performance of musical instruments, dance, engineering, and nursing care.
His research activity was aired on the serial TV program series of NHK Educational TV in 2003. Kono was a visiting professor at Kobe College for three years from 2007.
Presently, he mainly lectures and conducts seminars and workshops on bujutsu across Japan.
He has authored many books,
including Ken no seishinshi (The Spritual History of Swordsmanship) (Chikumashobo); Budo kara bujutsu e (From Budo to Bujutsu) (Gakken Publishing);
Jibun no atama to karada de kangaeru (Thinking with Your Own Mind and Body) (Co-authored with Takeshi Yoro, PHP Institute);
Karada o toshite jidai o yomu (Reading the Times Through Your Body) (Co-authored with Tatsuru Uchida, basilico; paperback: Bungeishunju).