Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi, recently passed away on 23rd December 2017, was a 10th Dan Aikido master and a model gentleman.
While a junior in university, Inoue Hanshi was also studying at the Logos English language school in Mejiro because he wanted to become a diplomat. It was during this time that he heard about aikido from a classmate and the course of his life would be altered.
Inoue Hanshi enrolled at the Yoshinkan dojo on November 1st, 1955, about six months after the Tsukudo Hachiman dojo was built, together with Kushida Takashi Sensei. Inoue Hanshi trained daily, morning until night, with Kushida Sensei and it wasn't long before he became an uchideshi under headmaster and founder Shioda Gozo, and later a Yoshinkan instructor. Inoue Hanshi was chosen to be a member of the first kenshu intensive training program that was started the spring following his enrollment. After that, he became an instructor and was sent around to teach at various organizations such as the police training academy, the riot police, and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. It was during his early years as an uchi-deshi, that he developed the Yoshinkan's foundational system, together with Takashi Kushida Sensei and in consultation with Shioda Gozo Kancho.
In the years 1970 to 1996, he was employed as a martial arts instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police after a decade of teaching the riot police. In 1992, he received his 9th Dan from Shioda Gozo Kancho. In 1994, Shioda Gozo Kancho died and Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi was named the new kancho (director) of the Yoshinkan in 2002. His 10th Dan was certificate was issued by the International Budo Federation in April 2009. Since resigning from the Yoshinkan in 2006, he established Aikido Shinwakan, which later became Aikido Nisshinkan.
- 10th September 1935: Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi born
- 1st November 1955: Enrolled in Yoshinkan dojo
- 1970: Began teaching women and riot police at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Office
- 1992: Received 9th Dan from Shioda Gozo Kancho
- 1996: Retired from Tokyo Metropolitan Police Office and became Dojocho of the Yoshinkan
- 2002: Became Kancho of the Yoshinkan
- 2006: Resigned from the Yoshinkan
- 2009: Received 10th Dan from International Budo Federation
- 2010: Established Aikido Shinwakan
- 23rd December 2017: Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi died
During all the time he has been teaching Aikido, he has tirelessly travelled to numerous countries to teach seminars and demonstrate in order to spread the art of Aikido. His technique was awe-inspiring and he is very commonly described as a true gentleman. Aikido Shudokan was very fortunate to have been under the auspices of Inoue Hanshi and are very thankful for his wise input throughout the years.
Numerous senior Aikido Shudokan instructors including, Ramlan Ortega Sensei, Mark Hadiarja Sensei, Enrica Cheung Sensei, Fulori Smith Sensei and Bart Lea Sensei have had the honour of being graded by him in 2012 and 2017. The experience and honour of grading under the person who developed the kihon dosa and teaching system of the Aikido that we do, a person who has dedicated his life to Aikido and had perceptions so finely-tuned and could see every movement that we made, correct and incorrect, was very nerve-wracking as we all wanted to do our best for ourselves, the dojo and the art.
His death is a significant loss to us and the Aikido and Budo community but he has touched so many lives to ensure that the spirit in which he taught continues to live on.