MEIDO ZENTETSU MOORE
Shinjinkai Founder, Abbot, Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery
Meido Moore Sensei began Aikido training in 1986 at the age of 18. In 1990 he was invited by the Aikido and Zen master Tenzan Toyoda Sensei to Chicago, where he began the first of six years residence as uchideshi (live-in apprentice) under that teacher. In 1991 he was appointed Chief Instructor of the original Shinjinkan Dojo.
Mr. Moore went on to serve as General Manager and later Director of Toyoda Sensei's organizations, the Aikido Association of America and Aikido Association International, and served for 10 years as Toyoda Sensei's otomo (personal attendant). He was certified Fukushidoin (assistant Aikido instructor) in 1991, Shidoin (full Aikido instructor) in 1996, and Shihandai ("representative of the master", the highest instructional title awarded by Toyoda Sensei) in 1997. He served as dojo-cho (manager) of the Ryoshinkan, Toyoda Sensei's international headquarters dojo; and in 1999 Toyoda Sensei designated Moore and another uchideshi (Mr. Marc Pandolfi) as his two successors, with responsibility for carrying and transmitting his teachings. To fulfill that responsibility, Moore Sensei founded Shinjinkai in 2002.
Moore Sensei has instructed several hundred seminars, retreats, and training camps at Aikido schools, universities (Northwestern University, University of Chicago, DePaul University, Notre Dame), corporations (Motorola), fitness and community centers, and other venues throughout the United States and in Canada, Japan, England, Germany, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria and Trinidad. In both private and agency-sponsored trainings he has additionally instructed federal, state and local law-enforcement officers in the United States, as well as military, government security, intelligence and anti-terrorist units internationally. He has served professionally as a law enforcement officer for the state of Illinois. His specific self-defense instruction for women was featured on several episodes of the Emmy award-winning NBC television series Starting Over. Moore Sensei holds the rank of rokudan (6th degree) in Aikido, and was additionally certified as an Aikido teacher (Shidoin) by T.K. Chiba Shihan in 2006. He has also been a student of several classical traditions of Japanese bujutsu.
In 2003 Moore Sensei was ordained in the Zen Buddhist tradition. A Rinzai Zen lineage holder, he today serves as abbot of Korinji, a rural monastery near Madison, WI, and as guiding teacher of the Madison Rinzai Zen Community. He continues his personal martial art practice, serving on the advisory board of Aikido Shimbokukai.
Moore Sensei's book 'The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice' was released by Shambhala Publications in March 2018.
Meido Roshi's second book 'Hidden Zen' also by Shambhala Publications, was released on October 13, 2020.