Yoichi has dedicated his life to gymnastics.
Starting his career in his native Japan, Yoichi immigrated to the U.S. at 18 and went on to earn several titles in the sport. He became an NCAA Champion on parallel bars in 1975, placed in the NCAA all-around in 1979, and was third in the all-around at the U.S. Championships in 1979.
After his competition days were over, Yoichi transitioned to coaching and has had a prolific impact. From his own facility – Gymnastics World in Tucson, Ariz. – Yoichi has produced 13 Junior Olympic all-around champions as well as many junior and senior national team members and was selected as the Assistant Coach for the Olympic Games in 1988 and 2000.
In parallel, Yoichi has served as the Chairman of the Men’s Program Committee and as a member of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors.