Tristão Da Cunha Sensei

Master Tristan da Cunha, 7th Dan Iwama Shin Shin Aikido (Iwama Ryu), holds the position of Technical Director for the Portuguese Association, Aikishuren Dojo. He earned his degree 5th Dan in Taijutsu and Bukiwaza, from Morihiro Saito Sensei in 2001 in Iwama, Japan. Later, he received the degree 6th Dan Shin Shin Aiki Kaicho from Hitohiro Saito Sensei, son and successor of Morihiro Saito. He has got the 7th Dan in 2006.

Sensei Da Cunha began his traditional Aikido training in 1981 with Sensei Barry Night in Melbourne, Australia while studying at university. Sensei Night had just recently arrived from Japan where he had spent several years as a student of Morihiro Saito Shihan. Tristan Da Cunha trained daily with Sensei Night in order to finish the course, and then returned to the Dominican Republic where he had been living with his family.

Sensei Da Cunha first traveled to Japan in 1986 where he remained an uchi deshi of Morihiro Saito Sensei in the Aikido Founder's dojo. He returned to Portugal with a mission to spread traditional Aikido throughout Portugal. At the request of Morihiro Saito, Da Cunha founded Aiki Shuren Kai Portugal (the Portuguese Association, Aiki Shuren Dojo). Since then he has returned several times to Iwama as an uchi deshi of Sensei Saito.

The Portuguese Association of Aiki Shuren Dojo has developed into one of the largest Aikido organizations in Portugal, comprised of dozens of dojos with hundreds of active members. The dojo’s instructors have also been educated in Iwama as uchi deshi of Saito Sensei.

Tristan da Cunha was uchi deshi of Grand Master Morihiro Saito the last year he was active before succumbing to bone cancer.

After Morihiro Saito died, Tristan continued with his son and successor, Hitohiro Saito Shihan. In February 2004, Tristan traveled to Japan to attend the opening ceremony of Iwama Shin Shin Aikishurenkai, the organization created by Hitohiro Saito Sensei to preserve and spread the teachings of his father of the founder's Aikido.

Since then Da Cunha Sensei has returned several times to Japan to be uchi deshi of Sensei Hitohiro. In addition to Aikido, he is also a practitioner and teacher of Shuriken Jutsu, a martial art mastering shuriken throwing, taught by Morihiro Saito. While in Japan, Tristan taught this martial art as Negishi Ryu Shuriken Jutsu. In honor of his master, and because he had a very unique method of teaching, he decided to name it Saito Ryu Shuriken Jutsu. Hitohiro Saito Shihan also continued with the daily practice of this art, having also added their practice to technical curriculum in Iwama Aikido.

The Portuguese Association Aiki Shuren Dojo is a associated with Iwama Shin Shin Aikishurenkai. Master Tristan Da Cunha is also co-founder of Iwama Shin Shin Aikishurenkai-Latin America Kyokai. In addition to Aikido and Shuriken Jutsu, he has practiced Judo, Full-contact, Shaolin Chun Fa Kempo and Ryukyu Kobujutsu for 2 years.

合 気 道 AI-KI-DO is a path

合 (AI) means harmony, 気 (KI) energy / or spirit, the spirit of a person, the spirit universal, 道 (DO) means a path.
合気道 - AIKIDO - is a path that we have to follow.

This route has several stages.
The first stage is technical study itself, the second is purification of one's own person, and lastly purification internally and extrernally. The study of basic techniques is kihon and the study ki-no-nagare is more fluid.

Finally, the deeper study is a result of the other two, the takemusu aiki. Those arriving at the level of takemusu aiki
reach the top level of the Art of Aikido.


Uke: Jorge & Yan - 2013 Portugal