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Shigemi Inagaki Shihan, was born and raised in Iwama. He became a student of the Aikido Founder, Ueshiba Morihei, in 1958. After graduating from Nihon University in Tokyo in 1969, Inagaki Sensei spent 2½ years in the Iwama Dojo as uchideshi under Morihiro Saito Shihan.
Inagaki Sensei is featured as Saito Sensei’s weapons training partner in the book series ”Traditional Aikido” together with the films Saito Sensei released in the early 1970s. He travelled with Saito Sensei to the USA in the 1970s, and in the 80s he often taught in Hawaii. From 1996 Inagaki Sensei has been teaching annually in Myanmar (Burma). In recent years, Inagaki Sensei has also made annual trips to Europe and South America to conduct seminars.
JAPAN AND ABROAD
Inagaki Sensei is the General Manager of, and a teacher in, the Iwama Dojo, now called Ibaraki Shibu Dojo (Ibaraki Branch Dojo). This is O-Sensei’s dojo – the dojo where Morihiro Saito Shihan also taught for 33 years. Inagaki Sensei is a member of the All Japan Aikido Federation Council, and Regular Director of the Ibaraki Aikido Federation. Inagaki Sensei is also the Chairman of Myanmar Aikikai and Chief instructor of Aikido Association of Myanmar.
Today Inagaki Sensei is one of the most well known, and experienced, teachers from the Ibaraki Shibu Dojo. He travels worldwide to teach, and generously shares his deep understanding in Aikido, based on almost 55 years of training, as a direct student of O´Sensei for 11 years, and for many more under Morihiro Saito Sensei. One special feature of his teaching is to incorporate talks about what Aikido has meant to him, and of his views on the spiritual dimension of Aikido.