Butoku-Ryu Instructors

We are still updating the Instructors page. Here is a brief blurb:

  • Tanaka Shigeho 9th Dan - Meiyo Shihan
  • Tanaka Shigeho Shihan was a senior disciple of the founder of modern Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei, and is currently a 9th dan in this style. He also studied Kenjutsu and Taijutsu (sword and body techniques) from Kuni Zenya of Kashima Shinryu. He was the founding director of Shiseikan Dojo in the Meiji Jingu precinct in Tokyo and the chief coach of Akamon Aikido at Tokyo University.Tanaka Shihan is the only living member of the Aikido world to receive the Mokuhai from the Japanese government for recognition of his level of achievement and contributions to Budo.

  • Fujimori Akira 9th Dan - Shihan
  • Fujimori Sensei was a student of Tanaka Shihan and the founder and head instructor of Butoku-Ryu Aikijujutsu. Fujimori Shihan received 7th Dan from Ueshiba Kishomaru. The Butoku-Ryu system is the culmination of Fujimori Sensei's intensive study in Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Aikido, Judo, Sumo and Jojutsu for over 50 years. Fujimori Shihan was given permission to open his own school by Tanaka Shihan. In fact the formal name of the school is Tanaka Ha Butoku Ryu Aikijujutsu.

  • Brett Nener 7th Dan - Shihan-Dai
  • Brett Nener Sensei is the Australasian head of Butoku-Ryu Aikijujutsu. He teaches at the UWA Martial Arts Club in Perth. Brett started his training with Fujimori Sensei in the 1970's at the University of Tokyo where he was doing postgraduate studies and at Shiseikan Dojo where he also trained under Tanaka Shigeho 9th Dan and Inaba Minoro Shihan (second director of Shiseikan). Brett received his second Dan from Tanaka Shihan in Showa 54 (1979, see certificate). He received the Kyoshi grade in Tanaka Ha Aikijujutsu in Hesei 14 (2002, see certificate) and was progressively graded receiving seventh Dan in Hesei 22 (2010, see certificate). He has also trained in Judo and Greco Wrestling in his youth, becoming state champion in his age group in Judo. He studied Jujutsu under Jan DeJong, Sano and Uno Yoshiaki (Yoseikan Aikido).

  • Giles Sadler Sensei 5th Dan
  • Giles is the head instructor of the Melbourne Aikijujutsu Club. Having previously trained actively in boxing and rugby, Giles started training in Aikijujutsu under Brett Nener Sensei and Fujimori Sensei in 1996. He has also been training in Judo since 2002. Giles was encouraged and given permission by Fujimori and Brett Sensei to open a dojo in Melbourne.

    He used to work as a bouncer, but now he is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner