SHIHAN CHIBA KAZUO Although aikido was introduced to Britain by Abe Kenshiro in the late fifties early sixties it was the appearance in 1966 of Shihan Chiba Kazuo that heralded the true birth of aikido on these shores. Shihan Chiba had trained in karate at the JKA honbu in Japan alongside Enoida shihan and Kanazawa shihan when they were beginning their studies. He had also trained in judo and it was an incident at a judo tournament that was to set him on the road to becoming one of the most respected of O Sensei's uchidechi. Chiba shihan defeated a third dan judo in a competition and the judoka was so incensed that he remarked that Chiba had " stolen his judo" but he still had kendo and issued a challenge. Giving Chiba shihan a bokken (wooden sword) and taking up a shinai (bamboo sword) proceeded to beat him severly. Chiba shihan related that this was when he decide to find an art that would be effective against armed or unarmed attack.He went to O Sensei's dojo and requested to be taken on as an uchideshi (live in student). He was turned away being told that O Sensei was not there. He sat down in the garden refusing to move. On the third day he was invited inside and O Sensei told him that martial arts training was very sever and asked if he thought he could take it. He answered in the affirmative and was accepted as an uchideshi.During his time as an uchideshi Chiba shihan taught at the Kokugakuin (self defence force) Kogaku Kan and Aichi Daigakuin universitys He came to Britain in 1966 when Abe kenshiro approached O Sensei and asked that an instructor be sent here,and remained for ten years spreading aikido until he returned to Japan in 1976 before going to San Deigo in 1981. Kuden (oral instruction) I have no time I make my students learn. Aikido is the confrontation of two spirits. You must show respect for me by trying to kill me with your attack. I shall take you to places from which there is no escape. Known for his incredible martial spirit I feel that this has blinded many to the utter dedication he shows to O Sensei and to his own students and the true compassion of the man.Everything he did or said in the ten years I was his student was always aimed at the progress and growth of his students. Respectfully koyo edit once when asked who would win if an aikidoka fought an exponent of another martial art he answered that if we have no other option we must fight instantly and immediately but to "fight" to simply see who is best is the action of a fool. Chiba shihan training with O Sensei incedently it was Chiba shihan who first introduced Iwama aiki ken and aiki jo to britain.