Inoue Sensei is a 10th Dan Aikido instructor and holds the rank of Hanshi. He was Aikido instructor to the Tokyo Metropolitan police and riot squads on behalf of Aikido Yoshinkan, and later become the 2nd Kancho. Inoue is currently Aikido Master Emeritus of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, and Kancho of Aikido Nishinkan. Although no longer affiliated, he is nonetheless a living treasure of Yoshinkan Aikido, having been at Yoshinkan since its beginning and helping to formulate the distinct kihon dosa and teaching system. He is recognized as one of the very best aikidoka in the world today. In April 2009, Inoue was awarded the title hanshi and the rank of 10th dan by the International Budo Federation.