Chiba Sensei passes away aged 75 PDF Print E-mail

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.

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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.
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  • Challenge of Age
  • Centre of Gravity
  • In-Yo
  • BE Summer Camp 2014
  • English Small Pleasures
  • CMW Beginners' Class
  • Etsuji Horii Sensei in Wroclaw
  • Summer School 1970
  • Shihan Jack Arnold
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You may have noted the absence of BE Musubi in January. The
decision was made to coordinate events with the publication date to give more advance publicity of events. The new publication dates will now be in May and November.
For the past three years the UK has hosted the BE Summer School. This year the mantle has been passed on to Poland where it will beheld in Wroclaw with Shihan Tsuruzo Miyamoto 7th Dan from Hombu Dojo, Japan. To qualify for a reduced rate early bookings must be made by 31 May 2014. Further details are available at and on page nine.
Our congratulations to Shihan Joe Curran. Hombu Dojo has ratified his Birankai Shihan award with the Hombu Shihan certificate he received in April 2014. He wrote about this promotion in our January 2013 issue.
In this issue Anne Ducouret gives us an insight into the way we
should use our body’s centre of gravity in practice. Tim Sullivan writes
a moving eulogy on Shihan Jack Arnold 7th Dan who passed away on
5 November 2013. Tim a British Birankai student spent over three years
in 2009 at Arnold Sensei’s Dojo.
Wellington Tsang has joined the editorial board as the new Sub-editor.
Our thanks to Chris Howlin who worked with us from the first issue in
July 2010. We wish him all the best in his new ventures.
Thanks to all the contributors who submitted articles and photos. ☯
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