Biography of Terada Kiyoyuki, Saikoo Shihan
Kiyoyuki Terada (9th Dan)
Yoshinkan co-Founder, Kudan Saikoo Shihan
Terada Kiyoyuki, Saikoo Shihan, was born on March 20, 1922 in Nagasaki, Kyushu, Japan. Below, you will find a brief chronology of events in his life. This starts in April of 1934, when he graduated from the Minami Kushiyama grade school and entered the Kaisei Junior High School where he took up his first martial art of Kendo. Many thanks to Terada Shihan and the Yoshinkan Seiseikai International Committee for supplying the following information and to Leslie Mills Sensei for her assistance with the formatting and editing. Enjoy!
June, 1937: Terada Shihan , age 15, wins Judo championship and receives an award for best Judo player of the year. He had been scouted by Judo Shihan at that time and became an uchi-deshi at the Shubukan dojo and in July of 1937, while a student of Nagasaki prefecture Junior High school, he participated in the school Judo tournament.
April, 1940: At the age of 18, Terada Shihan entered Takushoku University, where he joined the school Karate club. In 1941 he enters the Shidojuku University dormitory where he meetsShioda Gozo Soke. During the period between 1940 and 1943, Terada Shihan had learned Sumo from Akutsugawa Sensei, Judo from Sone Sensei, and Kashimaryu Jujitsu from Osugi Sensei.
December, 1943: Terada Shihan, age 21, joins the army because of the ongoing war and in March of 1944, received orders to go to the Air Force academy to become an aircraft mechanic. Terada Shihan reported to Kumamoto Airfield in 1944, where he engaged in aircraft maintenance until August of 1945. At that time he heard the official announcement (in Kumamoto) that the war was over. Two days later, on August 17, he returned home to Nagasaki.
1948: Terada Shihan, age 26, moves to Tokyo to work for Miyakoshi company. Two years later, in 1950, he goes to work for the military police in Yokohama. That same year, Terada Shihan started training at the Aikikai Honbu dojo and took lessons from Ueshiba Morehei O’Sensei and Ueshiba Kisshomaru Doshu.
1952: Terada Shihan, age 29, conducts an Aikido training seminar for NKK Company and 85 police stations in Tokyo, together with Shioda Gozo Soke. Then, in 1955, he conducts Aikido training for the Police Department in Yokohama and Camp Drake in Saitama.
July 1955: Terada Shihan, age 31, co-founded Yoshinkan Aikido with Shioda Gozo Soke.
1957: Terada Shihan, age 33, meets US Senator Robert Kennedy and Prime Minister Nakasone at the Yoshinkan Honbu dojo.
1961: Terada Shihan, age 37, leaves Tokyo and starts teaching Aikido at the military base in Yokosuka, where he meets and starts to train Amos Parker Sensei, who had started his training under Noguchi Yukio Sensei.
1967: Terada Shihan, age 43, makes the first of several trips outside Japan to conduct an Aikido seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1977: Terada Shihan begins to teach Amos Parker Sensei again after his retirement from the U.S. Navy. Terada Shihan would train Parker Sensei for another 20 years after his returned to Yokosuka, from Guam.
1990: Terada Shihan, age 66, receives his 9th degree (Ku dan) from Shioda Gozo Soke. He also receives the title of “Saikoo Shihan” of Yoshinkan Aikido. Today he is the president of National Yoshinkan Renmei and the president of Aikido Yoshinkan Seiseikai as well as being the only Saikoo Shihan in Yoshinkan Aikido.
Some of Terada Shihan’s other travels outside Japan include:
Kiyoyuki Terada, Saikoo Shihan October 1997: Aikido seminar in Georgetown, Canada.
April 1999: Aikido Seminar in Melbourne, Australia.
February 2000: Aikido seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
March/April 2000: Aikido seminar in London, Canada.
April 2001 2001: Aikido seminar in Windsor, Canada.
June 2001: Aikido seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia
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