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12-12-2002, 04:35 AM
How many people are holding a 9 dan n above in aikido?

12-12-2002, 09:28 AM
In the Yoshinkan, there are two. Both elevated by Gozo Shioda Kancho.

Kiyoyuki Terada Hanshi:

Most senior of all Yoshinkan instructors. Is Yoshinkan Saikoo Komon (Chief Advisor). Resides in Yokohama and is head of Aikido Yoshinkan Seiseikai.

Inoue Kyoichi Kancho:

Yoshinkan Aikido Kancho and technical head. Resides in Tokyo at the Yoshinkan Honbu dojo.

12-12-2002, 10:02 AM
Hiroshi Tada Shihan

Shigenobu Okumura Shihan

Sadateru Arikawa Shihan

These three are hombu instructors.

12-13-2002, 01:25 AM
In addition to the ones mentioned above, I also know of Tanaka Shigeo Sensei. At least he was referred to as a 9th Dan on th eoccasions he came to visit us. I am not sure of his afffiliation now, he has been linked with both the Yoshinkan and the Aikikai in the past. When I was in Tokyo, he was my Sensei's Sensei, a very powerful and sometimes scary man, but fantastic technique. He teaches at Meiji Jingu in Tokyo.

12-19-2002, 02:03 PM
Isn't Koichi Tohei Sensei a 10th Dan?

12-19-2002, 03:26 PM
Yes, in fact it was awarded to him my O-sensei himself.