Tony Smibert’s painting is greatly influenced by his study of Aikido. Introduced to Aikido in by Arthur Morsehead in 1964 he became a student of Seiichi Sugano soon after. He then studied with Sugano Sensei until the latter’s death in 2010 and considers him his art teacher as well – “…for showing that within form there is always an inner-art, for inspiring lifetime study and for helping me to see that technique is far less important than harmony… “ This apprenticeship led to Smibert’s deep study of JMW Turner – and his current standing as a Turner scholar. Smibert is now ranked Aikido 7th dan, has the title of shihan (master teacher) from Aikido World Headquarters in Japan, is a former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation (IAF), a Member of the IAF Senior Council, President of Aiki Kai Australia and a Trustee of the Sugano Foundation. He teaches Aikido in many countries.
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