Fabiano Lemes holds the rank of Yondan, 4th Dan (fourth degree black belt), under the Aikikai Foundation – the Aikido World Headquarters, and has been training aikido for more than 20 years. He is a qualified aikido coach (CL1) by the British Aikido Board.
Fabiano started practising in 1997 under Marcus Caires Sensei, 5th Dan Aikikai, and got his black belt, Shodan, in 2003. He then moved to Barcelona where he had the privilege to practice under Michelle Feilen Sensei and Francisco Manchón Sensei, both holding the rank of Shidoin, 6th Dan Aikikai. It was there that F. Lemes was examined by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan Aikikai, and awarded his 2nd Dan in 2006, his 3rd Dan in March 2010, and his 4th Dan in March 2015. Fabiano also trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, holding the rank of purple belt.
F. Lemes has traveled widely to train Aikido. In September 2011, he undertook a two-week training trip to Tokyo, where he practiced intensely at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo under many shihans. In 2010, he went to the New York Aikikai, where he practiced for 10 days. He has participated in many international seminars, where he has had the opportunity to train under Yamada Shihan, Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, Waka Sensei, Donovan Waite Shihan, Miyamoto Shihan, Osawa Shihan, Chiba Shihan, Peter Bernarth Shihan, Shibata Shihan, Seki Shihan, Christian Tissier Shihan, Kanazawa Shihan, among others. Fabiano Lemes believes in a harmonious, technical, respectful and yet powerful approach to practicing aikido.