Chiba Sensei passes away aged 75
TK Chiba Shihan
1940 - 2015
TK Chiba Shihan, our teacher and founder of Birankai, died peacefully at his home in San Diego, USA on Friday 5 June 2015, surrounded by his family. We offer Mrs Chiba and family our deepest condolences.
We are saddened by this immense loss, but are grateful that we, like so many Aikido practitioners worldwide, have been touched by his selfless teaching. We all have many stories to tell about the impact he made on our lives and we will honour his teaching by passing on his message to future generations through our practice of Aikido.
Gifts to the family
We know that many of you will want to support Mrs Chiba and family at this time. To leave a gift for the family please use the web page set up by San Diego Aikikai or the account set up by British Birankai. If you are sending a gift from the UK you may wish to use the British Birankai account to keep transfer costs down. We will transfer your donations to San Diego Aikikai together with donor information.
Gifts via San Diego Aikikai
Gifts via British Birankai
British Birankai will be celebrating the life of Chiba Sensei at our Summer School (18-22 July 2015). In 2016 we will be organising several events to honour Chiba Sensei's 50th anniversary as the first Aikikai Hombu official representative in the UK as well as his first memorial.
British Birankai — Traditional Aikido in UK
Technical Director: TK Chiba Shihan. Officially recognised by Aikikai Hombu - Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan). Member of Birankai International, Joint Aikikai Council of Great Britain (JAC)
Aikido is a modern and dynamic martial art, developed from ancient Japanese martial arts, incorporating powerful self defence techniques derived from several schools of Ju-Jitsu, Sword and Spear arts. It is often referred to as moving Zen, spiritual healing, meditation therapy and intelligent man's martial art. Aikido training is a path to complete physical, mental and spiritual development and growth. Aikido is used by police forces and armies for self defence, by business leaders to develop mental focus, business intelligence and competitive intelligence as much as by ordinary men and women to develop physical and mental coordination, inner peace, self confidence and self mastery.
British Birankai Aikido training is deeply rooted in traditional Japanese culture and etiquette thanks to its chief instructor and technical director T K Chiba Shihan who has enjoined hard physical training with weapons training, Iaido and Zazen. The traditional training environment thrives with traditional etiquette, traditional teacher-student relationship, traditional teaching methods and a deep understanding of each and every technique.
British Birankai offers a complete martial arts system of powerful Aikido techniques coupled with a deep focus on inner peace and spiritual development through relaxation and Zen meditation, a vehicle for a deeper understanding of the nature of Aikido through weapons (Bokken, Jyo, Tanto) and Iaido (Katana/Iaito) training, encourages and stimulates its members to study and realise their true self/nature/potential (spiritual awakening).
British Birankai instructors are internationally recognised and offer Aikido lessons and instruction of the highest calibre, to all abilities, from beginners lessons to master classes. Our gradings are recognised internationally with Aikikai certificates issued directly from Aikido World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan).