Chris Johnston
6th Degree Black Belt, Aikido Yoshinkai


Johnston Sensei has been studying and teaching Japanese martial arts for over 35 years.

He currently holds the rank of 6th degree black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido and is a senior instructor with Aikido Yoshinkai Canada.  He has been studying Aikido for over 30 years.  Johnston Sensei also holds a 5th degree black belt in Chito Ryu karate-do.

For over 30 years now, Johnston Sensei has studied directly under the guidance of his only teacher, Takeshi Kimeda Sensei, 9th degree black belt.  Kimeda Sensei is the most senior teacher in the Yoshinkan system throughout the world today and is widely known as the Father of Aikido in Canada.  He is responsible for the introduction and spread of Aikido in Canada beginning in the early 1960s.

Johnston Sensei is also a translator of Japanese martial arts texts. Two of his most important works are the translations of AIKIDO SHUGYO and AIKIDO JINSEI, both by Gozo Shioda, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido.

Johnston Sensei holds degrees from the University of Toronto in both Political Science and Education. He is a teacher by profession with over 30 years experience teaching at both the post-secondary and secondary levels in Ontario, Canada.