Brent Hire Sensei (b.1971) has been a longtime student and instructor of budo. At age 5, Hire Sensei began studying karate followed by Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. Then in 1986 he was introduced to the art of Aikido by Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei (disciple of Saotomi Sensei).
At age 18, Hire Sensei’s commitment to martial arts led him to Los Angeles, California, where he pursued intensive training in Aikido, Shinkendo and Kobudo with Obata Toshishiro Kaiso and in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu with Professor David Bellman.
In 1993, Hire Sensei moved to northern California to help establish Suigetsukan, a school for Shinkendo, Aikido and Danzan Ryu Jujitsu with attached quarters for uchi deshi (live in students).
Hire Sensei moved to Europe in 1999 to oversee the growth of Shinkendo and Aikido schools as the Chief European Instructor of the International Shinkendo Federation. In 2000, he founded the Shinbukan Dojo in Amsterdam and helped establish a network of dojo in 9 different European countries.
Hire Sensei’s dedication and enjoyment of the martial arts stems from the experience that they hold the potential to wholly reinvent mind and body. Corper Sensei’s guidance has helped him to more clearly see the value of staying focused on the common core principles underlying every effective martial art. To these ends, Hire Sensei has also been honored to train I Liq Chuan under GM Sam Chin, Filipino empty hand and weapon arts under Datu Kelly Worden, and Aun Kai under Minoru Akuzawa. These experiences continue to feed the inspiration to explore and teach the core source of the miraculous body and mind power from which the arts spring.
In 2012, Hire Sensei joined Itten Suginami Dojo, where he currently trains and teaches Aikido under the direction of Alec Corper Sensei, Chief Instructor. Hire Sensei currently holds the rank of Godan and is the Technical Director of Itten Suginami Amsterdam.