On January 14th, 2018, Hombu Dojo posted the latest promotions for the New Year at the Kami Biraki Ceremony. Listed among the promotions was our very own Gentil Pennewaert Sensei who was promoted to Shihan “Master Instructor”.
Congratulatory comments flooding in from emails, social media, and text messages with “Well Deserved” messages were received all day. With over 35 years of aikido experience, Gentil Pennewaert Shihan began martial arts at age 8 with Judo in Belgium. Having experienced aikido in his early twenties after finishing his service with the special forces and earning his Red Beret, Pennewaert Shihan started training with Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan until he met Seiichi Sugano Shihan. The two never parted and Gentil Pennewaert Shihan became his traveling otomo. The relationship lasted for years until Sugano Shihan suggested that he started teaching and gave him the name of his first dojo “Shin Do Kan Dojo” which means “The house where we practice the way of the heart”.
For the last 30 years, Gentil Pennewaert Shihan has taught with passion and travels the world teaching and spreading the art of aikido. Click here for his upcoming schedule in Belgium.
“It is an honor to be recognized by your seniors at the highest level which encourages me to keep improving and continuing to offer the best aikido to my students and to the aikido students across the world. I will make sure to honor this distinction.” – Gentil Pennewaert Shihan