Sensei was born in 1940 and began his Aikido training at the age of 18.
He successfully petitioned to become an uchideshi or "live-in student"
of Master Morihei Ueshiba. For seven years, he trained intensively under
the master himself, and his son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba Doshu.
As part of the world-wide dissemination of Aikido, Chiba Sensei was
assigned to Britain in 1966 to form the country's first national Aikido
organisation, the Aikikai of Great Britain (later known as the British
Aikido Federation). At first, Chiba Sensei established his headquarters
in Sunderland, and then in London, naming his dojo Ten Pu Kan, "the
House of the Heavenly Wind". Chiba Sensei spent ten years promoting the
development of Aikido in Britain and many other countries throughout
Europe. In 1970 he was promoted to 6th Dan and awarded the title of
Shihan or "master instructor".
Sensei returned to Japan in 1976. In 1981, on the invitation of the
United States Aikido Federation (USAF), he moved to San Diego,
California, to become Chief Instructor of San Diego Aikikai and Chairman
of the Teaching Committee of the USAF Western Region. He was promoted to
8th Dan in 1994. In February 1995, a group of Chiba Sensei's students in
the United Kingdom came together to form the British Aikikai with Chiba
Sensei as its Technical Director.
Chiba Sensei strives to maintain a traditional outlook in his
training by adhering to the teachings of O-Sensei and the historical
Japanese philosophical traditions of personal struggle as a way of
"I try to stick to the traditional ways as much as possible. The
martial, warrior spirit is something I admire greatly and is something I
try to preserve. The combatative arts have a profound body history in
them and I don't want to lose it. But it's more than that. We follow the
art, which is struggle. And through the struggle, we transcend into the
path of Aikido. Eventually, it brings harmony between you and the