is the founder of the Aikido style Tendoryu.
was born in 1940 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is one of the last personal
students of the aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba.
After o-sensei died in
1969, Shimizu sensei, then with a 7th dan in aikido, founded his own
school in Tokyo named Tendoryu (School of the Way of Heaven).
Tendoryu Aikido is
characterized by its large and clear movements, emphasizing naturalness
and harmonic flow of motion.
Since 1978, Shimizu
sensei has regularly held seminars in Germany and other European
countries after the formation of the German Tendoryu Society in 1993.
received the 8th dan aikido from the Japanese Budo Federation in 1998.
And in 2002, he received the Foreign Minister award for his effort to
promote aikido abroad