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Shiki Tadanori Hanshi Sensei received his 10th dan certificate from the Hombu Dojo this month in Okinawa Karate-do Goju-Ryu Meibukan. Although the certificate was recently awarded, his rank was approved by Dai Sensei in 2001. Shiki Sensei is a representative of the Meibukan Hombu Dojo for Ibaraki Prefecture on the main island of Japan and one of its most dedicated Budoka.
Master Shiki Sensei has a long lineage of Budo ancestry. The generations of dedication to the Bushi-do code has cultivated a truly refined master of Japanese martial arts. His expertise extends beyond Goju-Ryu Meibukan as he is a master recognized by the Dai Nippon Butokukai for Kendo, Iaido, and Ju-jitsu.
As a long time dedicated student of the late Yagi, Meitoku Dai Sensei, he has always made the efforts to visit Okinawa and attend the official functions of the Okinawa Goju-Kai and the Meibukan Hombu Dojo. Both Dai Sensei and Shiki Sensei share the vision that martial arts should be practiced primarily budo and must maintain the ancient warrior traditions that come with it.
Shiki Sensei is a teacher of art of Shodo (calligraphy), which is a passion also shared by Dai Sensei. Following a gentle monastic life and he is accepted at monasteries throughout Japan. Some of his yudansha also share this spiritual lifestyle and are recognized priests. This Ibaraki master has truly devoted much of his life to Japan’s cultural arts. One would think that his accomplishments thus far would be enough. Shiki Sensei however is also a recognized doctor of Japanese holistic medicine.
Despite these achievements, spiritually, intellectually, and physically, those who have met him will notice his quiet and modest demeanor. He carries himself with the utmost dignity and discipline. This is common in Japan as the way of the master who follows the ancient warrior code. Many of his students follow in his footstep and demonstrated at the last Okinawa Goju-Kai celebrations in October 2006.