Sep
23

The Dynamic Christian Tissier of France in action

“Tissier brought back a new kind of Aikido that soon
captured the imagination of the European aikido scene”

This is a particularly nice action shot of famous French instructor Christian Tissier Sensei, 7th dan, executing an aikido technique. Having begun Aikido as a boy in France in 1962, Tissier spent eight years in Japan at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo training with many of the art’s top masters such as Seigo Yamaguchi, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Kisaburo Osawa, Mitsugi Saotome, and others. This was an era in which foreign aikidoka were just beginning to train in numbers at the World Headquarters school in Tokyo.

On his return to his native France, Tissier brought back a new kind of Aikido that soon captured the imagination of the European aikido scene, especially in his country. He is at present the leading figure in the FFAAA organization, one of France’s two large Aikido associations, and travels extensively worldwide conducting seminars. Tissier was the first foreign instructor to have taught at the International Aikido World Congress.

Tissier is also the subject of a fascinating documentary titled “Christian Tissier: ‘An Aikido Odyssey’”

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