Yoshinkan Master Takeno Sensei
Born 1947 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Became a live-in student at the Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu Dojo under Soke Gozo Shioda in 1968, where he remained until 1987 and held the position of Dojocho (Chief Instructor) from the age of 23. From 1978 until 1987 he was a part-time aikido instructor for the police department.
In 1981, Takeno Sensei was awarded the shihan license, and in 1988 became head of the Yamanashi branch of Yoshinkan Aikido. International Budo Federation awarded him Special Merit Award for the promotion of Budo (martial art) in 1996. Takeno Shihan is on the Board of Directors of the All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Federation and is the Yamanashi Bukkyo University and Yamanashi University Aikido Section Shihan.
In the year 2007, he was appointed as the Saikou Komon (Supreme Advisor) to Aikido Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in Japan, and subsequently to 9th Dan in the year 2008.
Takeno Sensei demonstrated Empty Hand and Knife taking techniques.
Nakagawa Chiemi Sensei (6th Dan) is one of the uke in this video.
As one of the main uchi-deshi (live-in disciples) of Yoshinkan aikido founder Gozo Shioda Soke, Takafumi Takeno Shihan, 9th Dan, has a rare pedigree in martial arts. After spending over 10 years as chief instructor at the late Shioda’s Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in Tokyo, Takeno founded his own Yoshinkan branch in his hometown of Yamanashi. The veteran Aikido Master, known for his his dynamic technique and inspirational teaching demonstrates the direct power of Aikido.
Look at the footwork and the awase (blend). Notice the throws are directly aimed at the ground.
Aikido is my life. I think that keiko [training] should not be started with set expectations. Through keiko, one will find something to aim at. In training, it is necessary to make constant efforts to find out all sorts of answers and obtain new goals.
Takeno Sensei demonstrating some good Aikido
Takeno sensei at the 25th Urayasu Demonstration
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