The Birankai is the school founded by T.K. Chiba Shihan. Birankai International represents the culmination of a long-held wish of Chiba Sensei. He has long desired that his students, who are scattered across the globe, should have a single organization to support their training.

The role of Shihans (highest teaching certification) pupils of Chiba Sensei is :

  • To establish good communication between themselves and the general members.
  • To strengthen the connection between continental Europe, the UK, and the US.
  • To maintain the clear, high standards that Sensei has developed for teachers.
  • To stimulate the growth of the art by providing strong support for the teacher-student relationship.

Birankai is recognized by Hombu Dojo.

Lineage of Birankai in Europe

O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei
Morihei Ueshiba

T. K. Chiba Shihan T. K. Chiba Shihan
8th Dan

  • Patrick Barthélémy Shihan
    Patrick Barthélémy Shihan
    6e Dan
  • Daniel Brunner Shihan
    Daniel Brunner Shihan
    6th Dan
    Switzerland, Poland
  • Tony Cassels Shihan
    Tony Cassells Shihan
    6th Dan
    Britain, Austria
  • Dee Chen Shihan
    Dee Chen Shihan
    6th Dan
  • Norberto Chiesa Shihan
    Norberto Chiesa Shihan
    6th Dan
  • Michael Flynn Shihan
    Michael Flynn Shihan
    6th Dan
    Britain, Greece, Portugal
  • Chris Mooney Shihan
    Chris Mooney Shihan
    6th Dan
    Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Israel
  • Mark Pickering Shihan
    Mark Pickering Shihan
    6e Dan
  • Gabriel Valibouze Shihan
    Gabriel Valibouze Shihan
    6th Dan