Renshinkai Aikido is under the auspices of 8th-dan Tsutomu Chida-Shihan, a top uchideshi of the late founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, Gozo Shioda-Sensei. Chida-Shihan is working hard to guide the next generation of leaders and teachers by instilling in them the techniques and spirit that he inherited from Gozo Shioda-Sensei.
Chida-Shihan was an uchideshi of Gozo Shioda-Sensei from 1971 and has had the longest career at the Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu. Even after the passing of Gozo Shioda-Sensei in 1994, Chida-Shihan continued his support for 13 years until December of 2007 when he retired from the Yoshinkan Honbu. In April of 2008, he decided to move on from the Yoshinkan organization and established Aikido Renshinkai.
Chida-Shihan’s demonstrations and clinics are much sought-after both throughout Japan and around the world. It has been his calling to pass on accurately to the next generation the Aikido that he received from Gozo Shioda-Sensei; accordingly he continues to contribute to the expansion of Aikido.
|October 1950||Born in Tokyo|
|1969||Joined the Yoshinkan|
|1971||Began training as a Yoshinkan uchideshi|
|September 1987||Awarded the title of Shihan|
|1988||Appointed Yoshinkan Instructor of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Academy|
|March 1993||Awarded 8th Dan|
|June 1994||Appointed Chief Technical Instructor of Yoshinkan Headquarters|
|June 2002||Appointed Chief Instructor of Yoshinkan Headquarters|
|December 2007||Officially retired from the Yoshinkan|
|April 2008||Assumed role of Chief Instructor of Aikido Renshinkai|
|April 2008||Received Special Recognition Award from Tokyo Metropolitan Police Academy|