Kenji Shimizu (清水 健二 Shimizu Kenji b. 1940) is an aikido teacher and founder of the aikido style Tendoryu.Kenji Shimizu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shimizu was born in 1940 in Fukuoka, Japan.
Shimizu had been training judo since childhood and held a 4th dan in this art when he changed to aikido in 1963. He then became one of the last personal students of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba. After Ueshiba died in 1969, Shimizu, then with a 7th dan in aikido, founded his own school in Tokyo named Tendoryu (ten: heaven, dō: way, ryū: school).
Tendoryu Aikido is characterized by its large and clear movements and convinces spectators and students by its naturalness and harmonic flow of motion.
Since 1978, Shimizu sensei has regularly held seminars in Germany and other European countries with the formation of the German Tendoryu Society was founded in 1993.
He received the 8th dan aikido from the Japanese Budo Federation in 1998.
Shimizu sensei co-authored a book titled Zen and Aikido (ISBN 4-900586-13-7) with Shigeo Kamata.
Shimizu received the award of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the year Heisei 14 (2002) for his work spreading aikido abroad for many years. In the same year he was invited to the autumn garden party at the imperial palace in Akasaka, Tōkyō.