What is Sensei?
The word “sensei” is formed of two kanji: SEN and SEI. In a literary sense, it is formed of two words.
Based on the paragraph above, when the word sensei translated into English in a BUDO sense, it means master. It is the understanding the significance behind these words that matters. For those who are aware, grow up in BUDO discipline, it is not an ordinary word. It is a title which is reverenced and respected. It represents someone who is knowledgeable, humble and solid. A sensei leads the people around him and serves to humanity. It is one of the greatest titles in BUDO that one can achieve.
O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
Morihei Ueshiba who is the founder of the Aikido was born on 14th December 1883 in Wakayama. Today Wakayama area is known as Tanabe. He was the only son of a farmer family. He also had 4 sisters. His samurai determination and political interest sourced from his father, Yoroku. His mother thought him about art, religion, and poem. When he was a child, he was a weak and sick kid. Therefore, he preferred to stay at home instead of playing with other children. He was interested in listening to the myths about the St. En no Gyoja and St. Kobo Daishi. The Buddhist religions had an important influence on him. In fact, he planned to be a priest when he was a child. To prevent these wishes, his father told him the stories of the samurai Kichiemon. His father also encouraged him about practice sumo wrestling and swimming.
2 Mart 1933 de Osaka- Japonya’da doğdu. Soyu Japonya’nın asil ailelelerinden gelen Tamura’nın babası da kendo ustasıydı. Nobuyoshi Tamura 1953 yılında Aikikai Hombu Dojo’ya Morihei Ueshiba’nın uchi-deshi’si olarak katıldı. O-sensei’nin en iyi öğrencisi olan Nobuyoshi Tamura, kurucunun pek çok gösterisinde kendisine eşlik etti. 1964’de Aikikai’nin resmi temsilcisi olarak Fransa’ya yerleşti. Kendisi Milletlerarası Aikido Federasyonu’nun (IAF) kurucusu olup, Teknik Yüksek Konseyi (Superior Concil) temsilciliğini yaptı. Fransız Aikido Federasyonu milli teknik danışmanı olan Tamura Sensei dünyanın en yüksek Aikido ustası sayılmaktadır. 65 yıldır disiplin sanatlarını (Budo) çalışan Tamura Shihan, aynı zamanda pek çok ülkenin de güvenlik kuvvetlerinin teknik eğitmenliğini yapmıştır.
Nebi VURAL was born in 1951 in Turkey and has started training martial arts at the age of 15. He has devoted himself to the teachings of Nobuyoshi TAMURA Shihan, whom he has met in 1973 in France, where he went in order to pursue his higher education. Nebi VURAL Sensei was in close contact with Japanese masters, moreover being a hard working student, profoundly attached to his Master, Nebi VURAL Sensei is known as a perfect follower and serves an example of loyalty. Along with being the Technical Director of Turkey Aikido and Budo Federation, Nebi VURAL is also a Technical Advisor of Aikido Federations in many countries. His most important duty is to train Aikido instructors. He has been giving seminars in different countries of Europe and Asia each week, for many years now. He is the creator and mentor of International Aikido Festival.