KYOSHI, TENSHIN SHODEN KATORI SHINTO RYU 7TH DAN, AIKIDO
Tetsutaka Sugawara was born in Hokkaido in 1941. He began training Aikido in 1960 at the Hombu Dojo (Tokyo) and in 1961 he became an in-house student (uchideshi) of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba at the Ibaraki Dojo (Ibaraki Prefecture). In 1964 he returned to Tokyo and entered Chuo University. He established “Minato Research and Publishing Co.” (currently Sugawara Martial Arts Institute, Inc.) in 1973. In 1975 he entered the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu, receiving the teacher’s license (menkyokyoshi) in 1986. He has also trained Okinawan Goju-ryu karate-do, receiving the instructor’s license in 1992 from Yasuichi Miyagi.
In 1992 SugawaraSensei introduced Aikido to Shangai Institute of Physical Education, Beijing University of Medical Science. And in 1993 he introduced Aikido to Wuhan Institute of Physical Education, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medical Science in China. He has received the Lecturer’s License of Shangai Institute of Physical Education. In 1995 he was awarded 7th dan in Aikido by Kishomaru Ueshiba (Second Doshu of Aikido). In addition to his extensive training in the Japanese Martial Arts, SugawaraSensei has also studied Taijiquan and other Chinese Martial Arts under Professor Xing Yan Ling of Fujian University since 1989.
As a result of his profound exploration of the breadth and depth of martial arts principles and their application during more than forty years of martial arts study, Tetsutaka Sugawara has created a beautiful and complete form of Aikido training for weapons (sword and staff) and empty hand techniques.
Sugawara Sensei lives and teaches in Japan and travels regularly to teach Aikido and Katori Shinto-ryu in Spain, the United States, Finland, the Philippines, Canada, Sweden, Malaysia, Russia, Greece, Bulgaria and Korea.
Tetsutaka Sugawara has published the following books on the martial arts:
Budo training in Aikido by Morihei Ueshiba
Traditional Aikido (5 vols.) by Morihiro Saito
The Deity and the Sword:Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu (3 vols.) by Risuke Otake
Traditional Karate-do (4 vols.) by Morio Higaona
Shinkage-ryu Sword Techniques (2 vols.) by Tadashige Watanabe
T’ai Chi Ch’uan: The Basic Exercises (Chinese Martial Arts Series 1)
T’ai-chi Swordplay & Eight-diagram Palm (Chinese Martial Arts Series 2)
Chen Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan: Thirty-six and Fifty-six Movements(Chinese Martial Arts Series 3) by Shing Yen-Ling
Fukien Ground Boxing: Nan Shaolin Leg Techniques (Chinese Martial Arts Series 4) by Cai Chu-Xian
Form and Will boxing (Shing Yee Ch’uan): One of the Big Three Internal Chinese Body Boxing Styles (Chinese Martial Arts Series 5) by Lin Jianhua
Aikido and Chinese Martial Arts Volume 1: Its Fundamental Relations and Aikido and Chinese Martial Arts Volume 2: Aikido and Weapons Training
Tetsutaka Sugawara Sensei
KYOSHI - Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū 7TH DAN - Aikidō