Hiroshi Tada was born on December 13th 1929 year and is the only living 9th Dan Aikido Aikikai holder. He entered Hombu Dojo in 1950 and doing aikido now for 67 years! He was just always there, he knows them all, and seen it all happened and changed with his own eyes.
In 1964 year he was sent by Moriteru Ueshiba to Rome, Italy where he established Italian Dojo Centrale in 1967. Aikido school in Italy is just huge these days and you now have a guess who is a father of the Italian Aikido.
Sensei have innumerous count of seminars, aikido trips, student, awards. He dedicated his whole life to aikido and Ueshibas. Watch any video with him and you will see that he is fully there, giving everything he have inside, putting every peace of power he have without any fear to fail. One must have a strongest character to be able to do this and Hiroshi Tada is the one.
This video was made just yesterday, where it all happened, at All Japan Aikido Demonstration 2017. 87 year old man is performing aikido with everything he does have, just like he did it through years. 87! Inspiring, amazing and incomparable!
By the way, before going to Europe Sensei studied breathing exercises, yoga and misogi with Tempu Nakamura who was a Japanese martial Artist and a founder of Shinshin-toitsu-do. Soon after Tada Sensei developed his own and breathing and meditation system named Ki no Renma…