This blog is dedicated to the memory and life of Kazuo Chiba Sensei - 1940--2015.
I first studied with Chiba Sensei in 1966.
I would describe Sensei as " The Last Samurai ".
The new book by Liese Klein tells of the life of this warrior " The Life-Giving Sword "
How Times have Changed in Almost 70 years of UK Aikido
" No matter your pretence, you are what you are, nothing more. " Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
I have studied at length with many high ranking Japanese teachers / Legends. Most memorable were Kenshiro Abbe - Mutsuro Nakazono - Kazuo Chiba . ( Tada - Kobayashi - Noro - K Williams -Ichimura - Tamura - Harada - Karate - T Otani - Kendo) Jei Nakazono.
I think back to a time when there were only five dan grades for Aikido in the whole of the UK, I was proud to be one of them.
I seriously never thought there would become a time when teachers would grade themselves or much more pathetic to be graded by their own students.
I can imagine when I was a child and all the kids in my class at school getting together to promote the teacher to `` Professor ` we would have got, and deserved a thrashing with the cane.
There are so many now calling themselves 7th or 8th dans and I believe some higher still. I have to ask the obvious question, do they really compare themselves to Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and Chiba Sensei to name a few ??
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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Kazuo Chiba Shihan
The only Official Bio Book on the life of TK Chiba Shihan
Approved and authorized by the Chiba family.
Publishers official release date 20th July 2019
Available on Amazon
Order Now From Amazon Publishing ISBN 9781696063432
Author Liese Klein Sensei
The new official history ~ Chiba family approved Bio of TK Chiba Shihan
Released on July 20th 2019
Paperback 537 pages of the incredible life of one of Osensei's most devoted direct students. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TK Chiba during his later years had many offers to write the story of his life in book form.
Dave Rogers a US journalist and newspaper Editor and Co-author of ` Positive Aikido` was one of several writers/students that offered to document Sensei's life, Sensei said without further explanation he had no interest in a book of his lifes work.
I am sure I speak for many students world wide when I say we are grateful to Liese Klein Sensei and her collaboration with the Chiba family. Liese Klien traveled across the world in search of early students of Chiba Sensei to bring this great book of 537 pages to life, it truly is an historic piece of work.
This description has been used to describe many Japanese teachers over the years, In my over 60 years of study and training of martial arts I do believe that Kazuo Chiba is more deserving of that title than any other Japanese teacher I have ever studied with.