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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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
[email protected]
07581 195826


Please bring a packed lunch and drink with you

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