Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós
Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós trained full-time under the direction of Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan) from 1986 to 1993 at the Iwama Dojo in Japan.
Before beginning his training in Aikido, he trained for 10 years in both Judo and Karate (Shotokan Karate under the direction of Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei, 9th Dan, in London).
During his stay in Japan he also practiced Kyudo (traditional Japanese archery) and Zen.
Since his return from Japan he has dedicated himself entirely to teaching Aikido and to date has given more than 300 international seminars. After his return he maintained regular contact with his teacher, through seminars participating both as an assistant and as a translator, until the death of Morihiro Saito Sensei in 2002.
Lewis received the 5th Dan Aikikai degree from Morihiro Saito Sensei in 1999 and the 6th Dan Aikikai degree from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (Hombu Dojo in Tokyo) in 2009.
He is the main instructor and examiner, recognized by Hombu Dojo, of the European network of dojos “Traditional Aikido Europe”, committed to the development, research and dissemination of the Aikido style known as Aikido Takemusu (Aikido Iwama), which was taught directly to Morihiro Saito Sensei during his more than 23 years as a direct student at the founder’s dojo in Iwama, Japan.
Lewis is the Dojo Cho of Takemusu Aikido Motril (Granada – Spain) and the Technical Director of Traditional Aikido Europe (TAE).
Lewis is a direct student of Morihiro Saito Sensei.