Christian Tissier Seminar

Tissier Shihan Seminar. "May,  2019"  

Christian Tissier 8dan Sensei 

Dates; May  2019 will be the dates for our international Aikido seminar. Our guest this year will be: Christian Tissier Sensei 8th dan, from Paris, France. The seminar is hosted by James Friedman Sensei. The seminar will be held at,

11th Street Dojo, 141 11th Street, San Francisco, California. Aikidoists of all styles are welcome. 

About Christian Tissier Sensei – 8th dan

Chief Instructor Circle De Tissier, Paris France, Director of 11th Street Dojo

Christian Tissier was born in Paris, February 7, 1951. He started studying Aikido in 1962 with Jean-Claude Tavernier, then soon afterwards with Master Nakazono.

Christian Tissier was immediately seen as an exceptionally gifted student, and was awarded his second Dan by his Master in 1968, when he was only 17 years old. But it was in January of 1969 that he realized his dream: To go to Japan, to the world headquarters, to study under, and to train with, the great experts of this art that he chose, Aikido. He left for a six-month trip, but ended up staying seven years in the land of the rising sun.

He trained with all of the Aikido Masters, but mainly with Doshu and Seigo Yamagushi, to whom he became a favorite disciple, Mitsugi Saotome and the great Osawa Sensei, technical director of the Aikikai. 

Outside his martial arts classes, Christian Tissier studied Japanese at the Tokyo School for the Japanese Language and at Sophia University. At the same time, and to make ends meet, he taught French at high school and at the French-Japanese Institute in Tokyo. 

He was a 4th Dan when he decided to go back to France in July 1976. In the Paris suburb of Vincennes, he created the Christian Tissier Circle, from which many teachers were trained, as were most of the technical delegates to the French Federation of Aikido, Aikibudo and Related Arts (FFAAA). Frequently visiting Japan, the Aikikai awarded him his 5th Dan in 1981 and 6th Dan in 1986. The French National Committee of Interfederal Ranking gave him his 7th Dan in 1997 and Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba himself awarded him his 7th Dan, in Japan, in January 1998, in the presence of his future successor, his son, Moriteru Ueshiba. In 2016 Tissier Sensei was awarded to rank of 8th Degree black belt. He is the first and only non Japanese to hold this rank.

Circle de Tissier
Christian Tissier Dojo-Cho

Schedule (tentative)

Friday, May

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
04:00 PM – 06:00 PM 

Saturday, May

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Pot Luck Party at 6:30 PM at Dojo 

Sunday, May

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration & Cost

For complete seminar: $289 

2 days: $190

1 day: $95

Dojo Stay: $35 per night

Please download the PDF registration form and send in full amount check payable to Suginami Aikikai SF.
(If you are participating in only part of the seminar send PDF registration form and payment for days attending.)

You may stay at the dojo for an additional fee of $35 per night.
Please bring a sleeping bag and a towel.

You may pay by credit card or check. 

To register online and pay by credit card go to: 

SF AIKIDO Online Store /

Or send PDF registration form & check payments to:
Suginami Aikikai SF
141 11th street
San Francisco, California
94103 USA