Shigeyoshi Takano was a fencing master. His contribution to fencing circles has been immense.
Shigeyoshi Takano was born in 1877 in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan.
Studied Chinese classics under Jikei Kami during his early days and at the same time attended Mito Tobukan, a fencing schoool. Proceeding to Tokyo he became a student of Sasaburo Takano and mastered the Ono-Ittoryu school of fencing.
He was appointed fencing teacher for the staff of South Manchurian Railway and was most popular as a skillful teacher.
He was awarded the title hanshi (the highest rank of a fencing master) (1922) but in a command duel before the Emperor was defeated by Moriji Moehida in the final bout.