9th Dan – Meiyo Shihan

Tanaka Shigeho Shihan was a senior disciple of the founder of modern Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei, and is currently a 9th dan in this style. He also studied Kenjutsu and Taijutsu (sword and body techniques) from Kuni Zenya of Kashima Shinryu. He was the founding director of Shiseikan Dojo in the Meiji Jingu precinct in Tokyo and the chief coach of Akamon Aikido at Tokyo University. Tanaka Shihan is the only living member of the Aikido world to receive the Mokuhai from the Japanese government for recognition of his level of achievement and contributions to Budo