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
ON, Toronto Yumi Nakamura
ON, Toronto George Hew­son

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
NS, Antigonish Peter MacLean
NF, St. John’s Shin Chin
QC, Que­bec David Mooney
QC, Montreal Marcel Lavigne
ON, Toronto Jim Barnes
ON, Toronto Alex Loo
ON, Toronto Rob Car­roll
SK, Saska­toon Don Ragush
AB, Edmon­ton Bill Heron
AB, Cal­gary Dzung Nguyen
BC, Vic­to­ria Bob Moline
BC, Vic­to­ria Hilary Daw­son
BC, Van­cou­ver Liz McKin­lay

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.

Small, remote CAF dojos that request a visit of a Shi­doin to their dojo may be elli­gi­ble for a travel subsidy.

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.