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Aikido Renshinkai is now accepting for our Shensyusei Course 2016.

Duration:  April 2016 through February 2016
Minimum Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8:00am to 1:15pm, Saturdays 6:30am to 1:15pm
Requirements: a recognized

For more information on fees and other requirements, please see the “5th Annual Senshusei Coursei Course”.
And if you need more information, please contact us [email protected]

Following are some impression of current 4th Senshusei.


I first heard of the Senshusei course back in 2009. At the time I already had Yoshinkan shodan. Going to Japan for the first time, my main motivation was to learn aikido not from those who are one of the best teachers, but from THE best. Chida Sensei was an uchi deshi of Gozo Shioda for 30 years. I wanted a taste of that, the taste of the real thing. So here I am.

Senshusei course is designed to teach from scratch, beginners and experienced alike. So I approached it with an open mind, trying to put aside everything I thought I knew from before. First weeks were shocking, and you immediately feel the difference in the approach, level of teaching, and requirements of the Senshusei comparing to regular students’ training. Attention is put to the slightest details of every aspect of your aikido: the attitude, the technique, the inner feeling, the understanding, as well as working together with your training partner. Nothing is left to chance and they make sure you have a correct image of everything you do, it’s up to you to work hard to mimic it. But every minute invested pays off. You will be amazed how much you learn and improve.

Day in and day out is the hardest thing. What once was an enjoyable hobby two, three or at best five hours a week, now becomes a full time job. But more than that it becomes a lifestyle coated in everything else this beautiful country and its rich culture have to offer. The language, the customs and the spirituality, the mentality of the people made up of kindness, respect, dedication and continuous striving for harmony; the delicious food, the genki attitude and ganbatte approach will flow through you. Exposed to such a different circumstances and multitude of stimuli from which you are used to, this is surely going to challenge all of your senses and perception, and if you allow it, touch into areas that otherwise would have stayed dormant. Yes, in many ways it will take you out of your comfort zone, and in that lays it’s greatest value. Experience you will never forget.



I began knowing very little. I was a fifth kyu that trained only twice a week in Canada. I didn’t know any techniques beyond shomen-uchi shomen iriminage and I could hardly do a flip. During one of the after class get-togethers, my teacher told me about the Senshusei course. The prospect of improving my Aikido quickly intrigued me, but the physical demands intimidated me.

Before it really sank in, I landed in Tokyo. Training quickly began and it was hard. Three and a half hours of hiriki no yosei 2 was brutal and I could hardly keep up when doing drills of techniques. Then, going home to complete my academic obligations just made me feel even more exhausted. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing here. I questioned if I was cut out for the course at all.

But the teachers here kept me going. Dylan sensei helped me with flips, Takeda sensei showed me how to be delicate, and Laurance sensei helped me review techniques. I was learning from all of the teachers and all of the teachers were more than willing to help me improve.

Moreover, what was taught to me was coherent and directly supervised by Chida sensei. In fact, Chida sensei personally taught the Senshusei kenshu class every day. He would first watch the class do drills, then he would pick out the mistakes that needed to be address. He would allow the class to ask questions and would eventually teach the principles behind the techniques. Sometimes, he would let us feel his technique and he would feel ours. I was, and continue to be, humbled. I looked forward to his class every day, because I knew for certain that I would learn something cool and interesting.

Thus far I have learned a lot. Some things I expected that I’d learn before I came; basic movements for the techniques for example. However, there are a lot of things that the Renshinkai senshusei course taught that I did not expect. Delicacy and sensitivity, for example, are values that are repeatedly taught that remain extremely difficult to execute for me.

Fortunately as a Senshusei student, opportunities to practice are plentiful. All of the morning, evening, and weekend classes are available. There, one can train with domestic students and work with a diverse range of body types. Moreover, with permission, kenshu classes are as well. There one can train with black-belt students who are all very knowledgeable and skillful. In other words, opportunities to learn are everywhere.

I recall that on the very first day Chida sensei said that the training will be hard, but it will be good for you. It’s true. Everything I’ve done within the Senshusei course has been towards improving my Aikido, so I have been exceptionally lucky and grateful. While I know I cannot master everything that has been taught, I also know that my Aikido journey is lifelong, and I am incredibly glad that this course has been part of that journey. There are still times when I am in disbelief because I would watch Chida sensei on youtube at home and then I would realize that I get to see him tomorrow and he would teach me. It’s very surreal, but I love it.


Mr.C (短期 Short Course)





Ms. D (短期 Short Course)



Ms.E (短期 Short Course)