Jolly Shihandai

Jolly Shihandai

Benoît Jolly is a CEO of a small business specialized in engineering and development of custom made IT solutions. After a Master of Science majoring in Electronics, Telecom and IT, he got specialized in Medical Imaging. He worked a research lab in the United States and in Germany before coming back to France to start his business in IT.

Benoît Jolly began practising Aikido in 1994. He started to teach in Lyon (France) in 1998 and then in North Carolina (USA) in 2002 before coming back to Lyon. Member of the School for Teacher Training (Ecole de Formation à l’Enseignement) since 1996, he is nowadays 5th Dan.

In 2012, in Japan, he received from the governor of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai ID, the Samourai title of Renshi (Polished Samurai warrior/Highly Trained Warrior) issued by His Royal Highness Sosai, Higashifushimi Jigo, Imperial Prince of Japan, Governor of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
Since 2011, he is ambassador of Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu Ha (KAKKHRH) to the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.

Nowadays, Benoît Jolly teaches Aikido in the School for Teacher Training in France as well as in the “weapons cycle”. He also occasionally teaches seminars abroad.

During the 4th World Butokusai in Kyoto , the former Prime Minister of Japan , Mr. Kiichi Miyazawa told us about these words which I found inspiring :
« There is a significant difference between culture and civilization. If culture is a set of demonstrable knowledge, explainable , that can be taught and transmitted in the framework of theoretical courses, civilization is a lot deeper than that set of roots. Teaching martial arts, you have one of the few tools to transmit, not only culture and martial skills, but also civilization. This is an invaluable asset. »