His focus is also on popularizing aikido and improving teaching methods in order to make aikido as accessible to as many people as possible. Considered one of the top aikido practitioners in the world, he is highly sought after as a teacher both for his technique, which most directly resembles Shioda Sensei`s, and for the warmth of his personality.
Ando Sensei was born in 1956 in Nihama City, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. He attended Tokushima University where he studied engineering. Ando Sensei first became captivated by aikido when he joined the Tokushima University Aikido Club.
After graduating from university he was briefly employed by a chemical company. However, he quickly decided that the life of a Japanese salary-man was not for him. He had already been greatly impressed by Shioda Sensei`s technique when he attended a Yoshinkan Aikido training camp and so, in 1981, he joined the Yoshinkai as uchi deshi (apprentice) where he spent over 14 years as a disciple of Shioda Sensei.