Raised and trained in Japan, the late Aikido and Zen master Tenzan (Fumio) Toyoda arrived in Chicago in 1974 and immediately set to work spreading the teachings of Japanese martial arts
He stated that his dream was to found three major training halls in America, to be named
Tenshinkan, Shinjinkan, and Ryoshinkan. In the meantime he also built an organization
of more than 100 affiliated schools around the world training under his guidance.
Well known for his powerful technique and charismatic teaching style, Toyoda Sensei was
a popular teacher; his students number in the thousands, and he influenced entire generations
of Aikido practitioners in several nations. He was additionally instrumental in the transmission
of an important Rinzai Zen lineage - the line of the great Zen, sword and calligraphy master
Omori Sogen - to the West.
Toyoda Sensei's dream of three dojo was finally fulfilled in 1997, only a few years before
his death. One of the three, Shinjinkan, continues today as the headquarters of Shinjinkai.
Building upon Toyoda Sensei's lifelong work of transmitting authentic Japanese martial art
and Zen teachings to the West, we dedicate our efforts to his memory.
TENZAN TOYODA ROKOJI
(Fumio Toyoda Sensei, 1947-2001)
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 and teaching in support of Shinjinkai, 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.