Christian Tissier

Christian Tissier

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Christian Tissier (born 1951 in Paris, France) was instrumental in spreading the art of aikido in France and is one of the best known European Aikido teachers. He is the first non-Japanese shihan to be awarded the rank of 8th dan, the highest rank now granted in the Aikikai system.

Tissier started his Aikido training in 1962 as a child in in Paris, and was awarded 2nd dan by Mutsuro Nakazono  before leaving for Tokyo in 1969. He came to the Aikikai Hombu Dojo as an 18-year-old, and trained there for seven years. He is a founding member of the Fédération Française d'Aïkido Aïkibudo et Affinitaires (FFAAA or 2F3A), and a member of the technical college (Collège Technique) in charge of the dan grades examination and of the awarding of teaching certifications.

Christian Tissier also serves the International Aikido Federation as an instructor during congresses and as a technical coordinator and demonstrator during major events such as the World Combat Games.

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  • Christian Tissier: On Revitalizing Aikido

    Episode 1

    This is the first installment of a multi-part interview with Christian Tissier Shihan. Tissier Sensei talks with Aikido Journal about the health of aikido and what we can do to revitalize the practice and growth of the art. Along with the video of the interview segment, we've summarized Tissier ...

  • Christian Tissier: Lessons from the Master

    Episode 2

    This is the second installment of Aikido Journal's interview with Christian Tissier Shihan. In this interview segment, Tissier Sensei shares insights from his own personal aikido journey.  Along with the video of the interview segment, we've summarized Tissier Sensei's key points and our conclusi...

  • Christian Tissier: On the Evolution of Aikido

    Episode 3

    This is the third installment of Aikido Journal’s interview with Christian Tissier Shihan. In this segment, Tissier Sensei shares his perspective on the evolution of the art of aikido. Along with the video of the interview segment, we've summarized Tissier Sensei's key points and our conclusions ...

  • Christian Tissier: On Stanley Pranin

    Episode 4

    Christian Tisser Shihan remembering Stanley Pranin. Interview was conducted in May 2017 in San Francisco.

  • An Aikido Odyssey: Christian Tissier

    Episode 5

    This one-hour special on Christian Tissier Shihan was produced by Aikido Journal at the 2005 Aiki Expo. The video includes an in-depth interview with Tissier conducted by Stanley Pranin in French (English subtitles), detailed technical demos, and footage from his seminar instruction at the Expo.

  • Christian Tissier: 2005 Technical Demo

    Episode 6

    A special demonstration by Christian Tissier Shihan filmed during 2005 Aiki Expo in French with English subtitles.
    Do you do tenkan out of habit? Are there any other directions you can move to execute a technique? Tissier Shihan explores and explains different approaches to various attacks in t...

  • 2005 Aiki Expo: Christian Tissier (Aikikai)

    Episode 7

    This 2005 demonstration with Christian Tissier Shihan includes both Kashima style sword and traditional aikido. The traditional aikido attacks include Yokomenuchi, Ryotedori, Shomenuchi, Tsuki, Katatedori, Keri, and Keri Yokomenuchi.