T.K. Chiba Shihan, 8th Dan
T.K. Chiba was born February 5, 1940 in Tokyo. At 14 years of age, he began serious Judo training at the International Judo Academy. He began the study of Sho To Kan karate at age 16. Dissatisfied with the martial arts he had studied, he began searching for the art which would satisfy his yearning.
In 1958 he found Aikido and began seven intensive years of live-in study as an uchideshi, or O'Sensei's private student, at Hombu Dojo. By 1960, Chiba Sensei earned the rank of San Dan, 3rd degree black belt, and was assigned to Nagoya City to establish a branch school and serve as its full-time instructor. In 1962, he earned 4th Dan and began teaching at Hombu Dojo. Within three years, during which he taught at many local universities, Chiba Sensei completed his training as uchideshi, earning promotion to 5th Dan.
Chiba Sensei moved to Sunderland, England, in 1966. There he formed the Aikikai of Great Britain, which later changed its name to the British Aikido Federation. Currently Chiba Sensei is the technical director of the British Aikikai, a group formed by long-term students of Chiba Sensei in Britain.
During 1970, he was awarded the title of Shihan, meaning "teacher of teachers," and received 6th Dan as well. In 1975, Chiba Sensei returned to Japan and served as Secretary of the International Department of Hombu Dojo. During this time he also studied Zen meditation in Shizouka Prefecture
In 1981, he accepted an invitation from the United States Aikido Federation (directly affiliated with Hombu Dojo, Aikido World Headquarters, and currently headed by Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu) and moved to San Diego, California. There he formed San Diego Aikikai. Currently he is Chairman of the Teaching Committee of Birankai International. He holds the rank of 8th Dan.