Ramlan Ortega Shihan
Ramlan Ortega Shihan started learning Aikido in the year 1995 and at the end of the year 1997, he was graded to 1st Dan black belt by Kancho Inoue Kyoichi Sensei who was then the Headmaster of International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation, Japan.
In early 1998, Ramlan Ortega Shihan became a student of Thamby Rajah Sensei. A year later, Ramlan Ortega Shihan was graded to 2nd Dan by Thamby Rajah Sensei. Seeing Ramlan Ortega Shihan’s enthusiasm and strong spirit, in January 2002, Thamby Rajah Sensei sent him to Melbourne for intensive training and to be trained personally under his nephew, Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan (8th Dan Aikido), who is the Chief Instructor of Aikido Shudokan Australia, Shuseki Shihan Aikido Shudokan International. Since then, Ramlan Ortega Shihan has devoted his effort to spreading Aikido under the tutelage of Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan.
During Kancho Inoue’s visit to Melbourne in March 2003, Ramlan Ortega Shihan was graded again by him to 3rd Dan.
Ramlan Ortega Shihan has been constantly going to Japan and Australia to undergo advance training and has attended many seminars overseas. He participated in the 50th Anniversary of All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration (September 2005). He also featured in many demonstrations in Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Dr. Ramlan Shihan has also trained under world-renowned Aikido teachers such as Kancho Kyoichi Inoue, Tsutomo Chida Shihan, Takafumi Takeno Shihan, Yasuhisa Shioda Kancho (son of Soke Gozo Shioda) and Robert Mustard Sensei (Canada).
In July 2007, another history of Aikido Shudokan Malaysia was created, when Ramlan Ortega Shihan was graded to 4th Dan by Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan.
In March 2012, Ramlan Ortega Shihan was graded again by Kancho Inoue Kyoichi to 5th Dan in Melbourne, Australia.
Recently in June 2018, Ramlan Ortega Shihan was awarded 6th Dan by Shuseki Shihan Joe Thambu, head of Aikido Shudokan International, and in March 2019, he was awarded the title of Shihan.