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Old 12-12-2002, 05:35 AM   #1
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Dojo: Aikido Shinju-Kai
Location: Singapore
Join Date: Sep 2002
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how many 9 dans in aikido

How many people are holding a 9 dan n above in aikido?
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Old 12-12-2002, 10:28 AM   #2
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Dojo: Aikido Yoshinkan Sacramento - Seikeikan Dojo
Location: Orangevale, CA
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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.
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Old 12-12-2002, 11:02 AM   #3
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Dojo: Midwest Center For Movement & Aikido Bukou Dojos
Location: Hudson, WI
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Hiroshi Tada Shihan

Shigenobu Okumura Shihan

Sadateru Arikawa Shihan

These three are hombu instructors.

Mike Ellefson
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For Movement &
Aikido Bukou
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Old 12-13-2002, 02:25 AM   #4
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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.

A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
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Old 12-19-2002, 03:03 PM   #5
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Isn't Koichi Tohei Sensei a 10th Dan?
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Old 12-19-2002, 04:26 PM   #6
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Yes, in fact it was awarded to him my O-sensei himself.
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