Shihan/Shidoin

Shi­han’ or ‘Mas­ter Instruc­tor’ is the high­est hon­ou­rific title in Aikido. This title is granted by the Aikikai Foun­da­tion (Hombu Dojo) at the request of a rec­og­nized orga­ni­za­tion such as the CAF, and it applies only within the orga­ni­za­tion. A ‘Shi­han’ is an Aiki­doka of at least 6th Dan, who has been at that rank for a min­i­mum of 6 years, and who has been a shi­doin for at least two years. For a more com­plete descrip­tion of the require­ments please refer to CAFDoc_34-E_CAF Tech­ni­cal Pol­icy v01 JB(pdf).

List of Cur­rent CAF Shihan

The names of the cur­rent Shi­han in the CAF are listed below by location.

Prov/City Shi­han Email
BC, Van­cou­ver Ishu Ishiyama
ON, Toronto Osamu Obata

Shi­doin Sys­tem Summary

A ‘Shi­doin’ is an Aiki­doka of at least 4th Dan, who is selected by the CAF in con­junc­tion with the CAF Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor and Provin­cial Asso­ci­a­tions to act as a mentor/teacher for dojos.  The pur­pose of the Shi­doin sys­tem is to pro­vide men­tor­ing from senior teach­ers to dojos, and to help pro­vide CAF dojos with a more con­sis­tent tech­ni­cal foun­da­tion.  More details about the Shi­doin sys­tem, its rea­sons for being cre­ated and the spe­cific duties of Shi­doin are pro­vided in the CAF Shi­doin Terms of Ref­er­ence
(CAFDoc_34-E_CAF Tech­ni­cal Pol­icy v01 JB(pdf)).

Please also view this let­ter of intro­duc­tion of the Shi­doin sys­tem to the CAF Dojos.

List of Cur­rent CAF Shidoin

The names of the cur­rent Shi­doin in the CAF are listed below by location.

Prov/City Shi­doin Email
BC, Vic­to­ria Mike Chin
BC, Vancouver Michael St. Germain
BC, Kelowna Pat Olson
AB, Edmon­ton Ger­ald Hilchie
AB, Calgary Kevin Ellwood
SK, Saska­toon Don Ragush
ON, Toronto George Hew­son
ON, Kanata David Yates
ON, Toronto Yumi Naka­mura
ON, Toronto Fran Turner
QC, Mon­treal Mar­cel Lavigne
NS, Antigonish Peter MacLean
NF, St. John’s Shin Chin

Pro­ce­dures for Con­tact­ing Shidoin

Dojos that wish to con­tact a Shi­doin for train­ing advice or assis­tance may con­tact them directly through the email addresses pro­vided above, or through the Shidoin’s Dojo con­tact infor­ma­tion as pro­vided on the CAF Dojo web page.

Shi­doin posi­tions are vol­un­tary and avail­abil­ity of Shi­doin assis­tance is sub­ject to the sched­ules and per­sonal pref­er­ences of each Shidoin.

Arrange­ments to reim­burse Shi­doin for costs incurred for travel and accom­mo­da­tion are the respon­si­bil­ity of the Dojo request­ing assis­tance.  It is expected that Shi­doin will not be out-of-pocket for costs incurred to pro­vide assis­tance to a Dojo.  Any hon­o­rar­i­ums or fees charged to con­duct sem­i­nars or work­shops is at the dis­cre­tion of each Shi­doin and should be con­firmed by the Dojo when mak­ing their plans.

CAF Poli­cies Con­cern­ing Shi­doin and Seminars

Click on the title of any pol­icy to open that document.

CAFDoc_25-E_Shidoin_Travel_Subsidy_v02(pdf)
Small, remote CAF dojos that request a visit of a Shi­doin to their dojo may be elli­gi­ble for a travel subsidy.

CAFDoc_26-E_Shidoin_Yudansha_Book_Signing_Policy_v01.pdf
This Pol­icy is intended to pro­vide direc­tion to all CAF dojos for the sign­ing of Yudan­sha Books at sem­i­nars being taught by a Shi­doin rather than a Shihan.

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Doug Math­ieu
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