Tsuruzo Miyamoto was born on March 30, 1953, on the island of Kyushu, Japan. He is an 8 Dan and one of the most respected Hombu Shihans at the moment.
At the age of 18, he entered the University of Fukuoka where he started doing Aikido under the Morito Suganuma Sensei who was already an important instructor in the Aikikai.
After graduating from the university Miyamoto had to make the choice of his life: get a job or pass on with the Aikido. This was a time when he joined his first Aikido seminar and seen Kisshomaru Ueshiba performing. He was so inspired that he asked Suganuma Sensei for permission to apply as uchi-deshi at Hombu Dojo, where he was accepted in April 1975. Tsuruzo learned from Kisshomaru and many others grands. You can find him serving as uke for the best of the best, like Doshu or Yamaguchi Sensei.
He used his experience successfully to be able to teach abroad and is giving seminars on a regular basis in different countries like USA, Israel, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, France.
Henko Waza and great timing are Miyamoto’s jams. Henko Waza is when one technique blends to another. Next video was made in Wroclaw, Poland. Uke is Piotr Mastzalerz.
He is very welcome in Russia and not only Moscow and Novosibirsk. During the World Combat Games 2013 Shihan served as one of the technical advisors for the Aikido department.
Miyamoto is an Aikikai Shihan, IAFs Technical Council and is one of the most respected Aikido instructors in the world at the moment. During the Kagami Biraki 2016, he was awarded the 8th Dan by the third Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba along with the Jiro Kimura and Christian Tissier.
Here’s a Miyamoto Tsuruzo Shihan Facebook page for you to follow. He’s still sharing his skills during the seminars around the world and you’ll have your chance. Check out the Aikidotravel.com Shihans calendar for the upcoming seminars in a section below.