Apr 272014

9-13 AUGUST 2014

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Worcester University Sports Centre
Henwick Grove WR2 6AJ
Instruction by Birankai Shihan & Shidoin

Training fees

£80 full course (£25 per day)
Concessions available on request


£33 per night en-suite self catering
£28 per night non en-suite self catering

All organizations welcome

Book on line at

For information contact:

Ian Grubb

07742 800116

 Posted by at 17:24
Apr 242014

S.A.F. “Summerston” Dojo

Bellcraig Community Centre, 10 Gorstan Street, Summerston (Maryhill), Glasgow G23 5QA

Course start times are Fridays 7.30 pm, Saturdays 1.30 pm.

  • SAF Course: 13th and 14th June
  • SAF Course: 5th and 6th September
  • SAF Course: 21st and 22 November

Visit the News page for photos from previous SAF courses.

Please check with local dojo to verify dates & times before embarking on trip.

To contact Scottish Aikido Federation Information Officer you can email media (at)

 Posted by at 21:13
Apr 242014

Peter Brown 6th Dan so Hombu
Saturday 10th May
14:00 – 16:00

Dunkirk Community Centre,
Montpelier Road,
Nottingham, NG7 2JW.

Mat Fees: £7,
concessions £5

Everyone Welcome
(Please bring your current aikido insurance)

Further info:
There will be a meal afterwards at Yod Siam Thai restaurant.

 Posted by at 21:06
Apr 242014

Spring Course on May 3rd / 4th

Terry Ezra Shihan 7th Dan so Hombu and Nick Waites Sensei 6th Dan so Hombu

Course Times:

Saturday     3rd May 2014    11:00-13:00    14:15-16:15
Sunday       4th May 2014    11:00-13:00    14:15-16:15

Weekend Price:

£40 (£29 concessions, £12 juniors) in advance
One Day price:
£30 (£18 concessions, £8 juniors) in advance
Paying on the day incurs £5 surcharge

 Posted by at 18:05

UKA – Phil Smith 6th Dan – Bedford

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Apr 242014

Course Cost: £15 or £10 concession
Proof aikido insurance required
Please bring weapons, they may be needed during class

Smith Shihan began aikido as a junior in 1968 when he was nine years old. He is the son of Ren Shin Kan and UKA founder William Smith Shihan, who died in 2006. In 1970, he began training with Kazuo Chiba Shihan, obtaining his Shodan in 1976 at the age of 17.

Following Chiba Shihan’s return to Japan, Smith Shihan travelled extensively with Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan. He also travelled in the USA and continental Europe, training with the following Shihan: Sadateru Arikawa, Nobuysohi Tamura, Yoshimitsu Yamada, Mitsunari Kanai, Katsuaki Asai and Christian Tissier.

In 1988, he represented the UKA at the International Aikido Federation Congress in Tanabe, Japan. He was privileged to be present at the unveiling of the statue of O Sensei commissioned to commemorate the centenary of his birth. Smith Shihan has conducted seminars in Greece, Serbia and Australia.

Smith Shihan has been practising iaido since about 1972 and was promoted to 3rd dan with the British Kendo Association in 1988. He continues to train and teach iaido at Ren Shin Kan with the assistance of Karl Gibbons (3rd dan BKA)

The Bunyan Centre
Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom


 Posted by at 18:02
Apr 242014


Dates for courses with Ian McClarence Sensei this year:
Sat 26th April
Sat 7th June and Sun 8th June
Sat 19th July
Sat 20th Sept and Sun 21st Sept
Sat 25th Oct
Sat 29th Nov and Sun 30th Nov


Saturday sessions are 1pm-4pm, Sundays 10am-1pm, £10 per day or £15 for 2 day course (pay on the day)
Members of all organisations and styles welcome – proof of insurance is required.
Opportunity to grade at Sunday sessions for BAF members.


 Posted by at 16:30
Apr 222014

On 11th January 2014 a historic meeting took place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham where representatives of the following Aikido organisations met to ratify their organisations’ departure from the British Aikido Board and coming together under the banner of the Joint Aikikai Council.
British Aikido Federation
British Birankai
Dynamic Aikido Noquet (UKAU)
Komyokan Aikido Associaiton
United Kingdom Aikikai.
The JAC is open to all Aikikai Hombu Dojo recognised groups and will offer Aikikai standard practice in all their dojos.
From 1st February 2014 all members of the above organisations are now members of the JAC.  All organisations will continue to act independently and come together for one course annually.  All insurance will now be administered through the JAC.

JAC Founding Members

Back row: Phil Smith – UKA (JAC Coaching Officer), David Yates – BAF (JAC Treasurer), Steve Beecham – BB, John Emmerson – DAN,  Davinder Bath – BB,
Front Row: Gordon Jones – UKA (JAC Chairman), Guy Needler – UKA (JAC General Secretary), Nick Waites – KAA.

 Posted by at 10:53
Apr 102014

Joint Aikikai Council
Sunday 13th July 2014
National Aikido Course

JAC Aikido Course 13th July 2014 PDF

Venue Details:
KyuShinKai Martial Arts Centre,
Court Works Industrial Estate,
Bridgenorth Road,


Day Rate £15
Concession £10
U18 £6

Start Time:

Finish Time:

Instruction From:

Guy Needler (5th Dan) United Kingdom Aikikai

Matthew Holland (7th Dan) Scottish Aikido Federation

John Emmerson (5th Dan) Dynamic Aikido Nocquet

Tony Cassells (6th Dan) British Birankai

Nick Waites (6th Dan) Komyokan Aikido Association

DavidYates (5th Dan) British Aikido Federation

Neil Mould
07581 195826


Please bring a packed lunch and drink with you

 Posted by at 10:32
Feb 152014

Open letter to Kieth Holland, Chairperson of BAB in response to the unsolicited communication to JAC members;

We were disappointed to learn of the letter you have written to the now ex-members of the BAB. I was hoping that our departure would be handled in a manner appropriate to the principles of the art that we all follow. It seems that is not going to be the case.

Your concern over the welfare of JAC members is commendable, but before you contacted ex-members of the BAB, it would have been advisable to check out the facts rather than to give out inaccurate and ill-informed information…no doubt in an attempt to spread alarm and undermine the unity of the JAC.

For your information then the FACTS are.

  1. During the summer all JAC groups held AGM meetings at which there was an overwhelming vote in favour of leaving BAB, this was not a decision taken in haste nor in secret, it has been 2 years in the preparation with our members being fully informed during this process.
  2. When the PR subject was raised 4 years ago, it was overwhelmingly rejected by the smaller groups whose influence within the BAB is out of proportion to their aikido authority. So the point that I made about never being able to democratically change the direction of the BAB in accordance with our members wishes is very valid.
  3. The insurance company who have secure our business have confirmed that they view the JAC as the ‘governing body’ in relation to insurance matters and will support JAC coaching awards which have been carried over from BAB.
  4. DBS disclosures which we presently hold are transportable and are valid until expiry, providing the activity remains the same.
  5. Our members (small m) will in fact be paying exactly the same insurance fees than with the BAB.
  6. We have also secured the services of a free-lance legal adviser and an expert on child protection should this be required
  7. The membership application to Sports England has been made, it is at Stage 1 and being considered along with another large BAB group. To claim that there is ‘no chance’ again is ill informed information. In fact your unwarranted and unsolicited communication to JAC membership will only go to support our application.
  8. We do though; hold full membership of World Aikikai Foundation all our grades are awarded on behalf of Doshu, the grandson of the founder of aikido.

Instead of this attempt to undermine the stability of JAC, your time would have been better spent trying to understand the reason why this situation has arisen and work out a way to stem the growing exodus from the BAB.

Again I will reiterate my regret that this situation has developed, I was confident after our meeting at Christmas that the JAC/BAB could work in harmony for the benefit of aikido in the UK. ….clearly I was mistaken.

Gordon Jones

 Posted by at 15:09