This is the latest update in our High-ranked non-japanese yudansha list :
Floquet, Alain - Aikibudo, France,8th Dan
Alaoui, M'barek - Aikikai, Morocco, 7th Dan
Aoyagi, Robert - Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Blaize, Gerard – Aikikai, France, 7th Dan
Doran, Frank - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th Dan
Hagihara, Eddie - Aikikai, USA, 7th Dan
Hirao, Richard - Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Konigsberg, Harvey – Aikikai, (USA), 7th Dan
Kubo, Robert – Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Moriyama, Donald - Aikikai, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Nadeau, Robert - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th Dan
Seagal, Steven - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th Dan
Tissier, Christian – Aikikai, France, 7th Dan
Witt, William - Aikikai, California(USA), 7th dan
ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA DI AIKIDO (AIA) :
Savegnago, Giampietro - Italy, AIA 7th Dan
Walter, Gerhardt - BDAS 7th Dan/Aikikai 5th Dan, Germany
BU IKU KAI :
Cognar, André – France, Bu Iku Kai 8th Dan
Suriano, Piero – Italy, Bu Iku Kai 7th Dan
DAÍ NIPPON BUTOKUKAI :
Roy T. Suenaka - Butokukai, USA, 8th Dan
Stobbaerts, Georges – Butokukai, Portugal, 8th Dan
DEUTSCHE AIKIDO BUND (DAB) :
Altenbrandt, Erhard - DAB, Germany, 7th Dan
Brand, Rolf - DAB, Germany, 7th Dan
Caldwell, Charles - Fugakukai, Colorado(USA), 7th Dan
Copeland, Henry - Fugakukai, Alabama(USA), 8th Dan
Geis, Karl - Fugakukai, Texas (USA), 10th Dan
Jackson, Rianard - Fugakukai, Texas(USA), 7th Dan
Joe, Tim - Fugakukai, Texas(USA), 7th Dan
Norgaard, Clif - Fugakukai, Arkansas(USA), 7th Dan
Wright, Harry - Fugakukai, Alabama(USA), 7th Dan
Soulenq, Michel - GCERCCE, France, 7th Dan /Aikikai, 6th Dan
Allen, John - Independent, W. Virginia(USA), 7th Dan (previously belonged to the Fugakukai)
INSTITUTE OF AIKIDO :
Foster, Haydn – Institute of Aikido, England, 7th Dan
INTERNATIONAL AIKIDO ALLIANCE :
Wilkinson, L.F. - Texas(USA), IAA, 7th Dan
INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION (IMAF) :
Fredrix, André – Belgium, IMAF 7th Dan
Paterna, Luciano – Italy, IMAF 7th Dan
IWAMA RYU :
Corralini, Paolo - Iwama Ryu, Italy, 7th Dan
Evenas, Ulf - Sweden, Iwama Ryu, 7th Dan
Clark, Chuck - Jiyushinkai, USA, 8th Dan
Makiyama, Thomas H. - Keijutsukai, Japan, 8th Dan (born in Hawaii)
Curtis, Christopher – Ki-Aikido, Hawaii(USA), 7th Dan
Nonaka, Takashi – Ki-Aikido, Hawaii(USA), 8th Dan
Suzuki, Shinichi – Ki-Aikido, Hawaii(USA), 8th Dan
Chan, Stewart - Seidokan, California(USA), 7th Dan
Jones, Gwynne - England, Shingitai, 7th Dan
SHODOKAN (TOMIKI) :
Eustace, Brian – Tomiki/England, 7th Dan BAA
Forest-Webb, Robert – Tomiki/England, 7th Dan JAA/BAA
Lawrence, William – Tomiki/England, 7th Dan BAA
Lee, Ah Loi - Tomiki, England, 7th Dan (JAA)
Waite, John – Tomiki/England, 7th JAA/BAA, 5th BJA
SHUDOKAN (Malaysia) :
Rajah, Thamby - Shudokan, Malaysia, 9th Dan
UNITED STATES MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION (USMAA) :
Krenner, Walther von - USMAA, USA, 8th Dan
Periello, Lou - USMAA, USA, 8th Dan/Aikikai 5th Dan
WORLD KOBUDO FEDERATION :
Blok, Kevin - World Kobudo Federation(Aikido Section), 7th Dan/Yoshinkai 6th Dan
Augé, Patrick - Yoseikan, USA, 7th Dan
Parker, Amos - Yoshinkai, USA, 8th Dan
I would like to ask everybody's help in checking this list. Did anybody died? Any new 7th Dan? Comments, additions, observations ?
02-26-2002, 10:37 AM
Is this just for Aikido? If not, our chief instructor, John Roseberry Shihan, holds a 9th Dan in Goju-Ryu Karate, a 7th Dan in Judo, and a 3rd Dan in Aikido.
Thank you all for your interest and cooperation. With your help, this list will get better and better.
To Sherman Byas : This list is about high-ranking non-japanese yudansha and not Shihan. But you are right : There’s no relation between getting a 6th Dan and being indicated a Shihan.
To Kevin Beyer : Please take a look at Jun’s e-mail. The answer is there.
To Michael Ellefson : You’re absolutely right. My mistake. It is corrected.
To Noah Diegel : Sorry, it’s just for Aikido Yudansha and believe me, it’s already a lot of work.
To Salvador Lopez : Ay, Hermano! Non, yo pergunté 3 nombres a Peter Goldsbury Sensei. La relación completa es muy grande. Algun nombre especial?
To Joe Cavazos : As you yourself has said, Bill Sosa has no rank and ours is a list of HIGH-RANKING people. And the last rank he got was godan and our list begins with 7th Dan. This means no disrespect for Bill Sosa Sensei.
Keep writing and commenting, please.
Best regards and a good keiko ;)
02-26-2002, 04:53 PM
You are right about Sosa Sensei technically not having rank because of founding the IAA.
His last rank conferred was Rokudan by Roderick Kobayashi Sensei when Sosa Sensei was still a top instructor for Seidokan.
You are also right about his Godans.
But, on the IAA site he still refers to himself as a Rokudan. And in his office he has his Rokudan Certificate. I may be mistaken, but knowing Sosa Sensei it is probably out of the amazingly high level of respect he holds for his instructors (Koichi Tohei, Isao Takahashi, and Roderick Kobayashi)
P.S. Joe, did I meet you at Sensei's surprise birthday party?