Sep 272017

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Aikikai of Great Britain/British Aikido Federation and to celebrate this milestone, I am pleased and proud to announce that we have arranged a course with Hombu dojo-cho, Ueshiba Mitsuteru sensei over the weekend of 19-21 October 2018.  The course will be held at the Leigh Sports Village Centre, Leigh, Manchester.

Further details will be available in the near future but we hope to end the seminar with short demonstrations by each of the JAC organisations.  The weekend will conclude with a demonstration by Waka sensei.

Regards to all,

David Yates

On behalf of the British Aikido Federation National Committee.

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Oct 172016

Manchester Aikido Club hosts a special Anniversary Course to celebrate

Peter Gillard Sensei – 70th birthday & 50 years in Aikido
David Yates Sensei – 60th birthday

And are pleased to welcome as the guest instructor
Takeshi Yamashima Shihan
(7th Dan So-Hombu)

Saturday 19th November 16 2pm – 5pm
Sunday 20th November 16 10am – 1pm

Fees: £35 weekend or £25 per day (Concessions £25 & £20)

Course Location: Leigh Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh WN7 4JY

Contact: Rob Yates or Sue Yates

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Jan 092015

JAC AGM for 2pm Sunday 15 February 2015.

The meeting will be taking place at the Haydock Thistle Hotel (Wrexham room) Penny Lane, Haydock WA11 9SG, which is just off the M6 junction 23.

All JAC members are entitled to attend this meeting.

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Apr 272014

9-13 AUGUST 2014

Poster to Download

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

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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)

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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.

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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

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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


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