What is Sensei?

The word “sensei” is formed of two kanji: SEN and SEI. In a literary sense, it is formed of two words.

SEN: Already, former, precedent, future, the place to go, direction, peak, first, power, wit.
SEİ: Life, live, keep (someone/something) alive, use, carry a child, be born, clean.

Based on the paragraph above, when the word sensei translated into English in a BUDO sense, it means master. It is understanding the significance behind these words that matters. For those who are aware, grow up in the 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 humanity. It is one of the greatest titles in BUDO that one can achieve.

Nebi Vural Sensei

Nebi Vural Sensei 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 Aikido and Budo Federation – Turkey, 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 founder and technical director of Eurasia Aikido Organization (EAO). You can reach his seminar calendar at nebivural.com .




Tamura Shihan

Nobuyoshi Tamura Shihan was born at 2.3.1933 in Osaka in Japan. His father was a teacher of kendo. In the year 1953 entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo as an uchi-deshi of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. He was one of Ueshiba’s favorite pupils and since 1964 has greatly contributed to the development of aikido in Europe and France in particular. He held the rank of 8th dan and the title of Shihan. Tamura Sensei passed away at 9.7.2010.

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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’s 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 to practice sumo wrestling and swimming.

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