As an integral part of the growth of the USAF and aikido world-wide, Chiba Sensei’s teachings and spirit as an instructor, a mentor, and a friend touched so many lives and was a privilege that will remain cherished by all who knew him. Yamada Sensei and the USAF extend to Chiba Sensei’s family and students our sincere condolences for this profound loss. Our roots run deep and will always keep us connected as one family, as we extend our support during this difficult time and moving forward.
Birankai International has issued the following statement:
On behalf of Birankai International, with deep sorrow, Birankai North America announces the death on June 5th, 2015 of our Founder and teacher T. K. Chiba, Shihan. Martial artists here and around the world salute his life as they mourn his passing. During more than 50 years of training and teaching, Sensei inspired, forged and changed the lives of generations of students. United in gratitude for the great gift he gave us, we offer our condolences to his family.
A celebration of Sensei’s life will be held at Birankai North America 2015 Summer Camp. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a gift for the family.