South Of The River seminar 2013

South Of The River seminar 2013

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The 4th edition of the South Of The River seminar took place this weekend at the SAGA Pavilion in Sandgate, Kent. It was organised by Genryukan Aikido with the invaluable help of Gowaryu Aikido and Hassou Aikido.

There was an excellent atmosphere throughout, people having fun practicing. We had the pleasure to have Shaun Hoddy, Paul Bonett, Bob Jones and Ken Broome who gave their time and knowledge freely.

The SOTR is British Aikido Association event held in profit of the “Saga Respite for Carers Trust”. In the UK today there are more than six million people looking after a family member, partner or friend, often isolated and unsupported. The Saga Respite for Carers Trust was launched to help carers aged 50 and over by providing a much needed holiday for the carer and a friend.

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There was also a BAA grading taking place on the Saturday, and our students did brilliantly. Geoffrey Harris was promoted to 4th kyu (orange belt), whilst Yvette Marshall and Tony Dowling were promoted to 1st kyu (brown belt).

Genryukan is 4 years old!


The club is 4 years old today! Big thank you to everybody for your help and looking forward to many more sessiosn and learning (and a bit of fun every now and then too).

I’ve learned a lot since the club has been going, not only from my colleagues and the great guest instructors who’ve been visiting us, but also from the students, past and present. I feel lucky to have such a good bunch of people training with us, and proud of the progress I’ve seen. Let’s keep it up, we all still have a lot more to learn!

“Shoshin” all the way!

Weapon techniques

As done this morning, here is the video of Morihiro Saito doing the full 20 Jo Suburi (of which we quickly saw the first 5):

http://www.aikiwaza.net/2010/06/07/morihiro-saito-sensei-20-jo-suburi/

And for future reference, here is the 31 Jo Kata:
http://www.aikiwaza.net/2010/04/16/31-jo-kata-kumi-jo-by-morihiro-saito/

SOTR 2012

SOTR 2012

This weekend, the 3rd edition of the South Of The River seminar took place at the SAGA Pavilion in Sandgate, Kent.

We were lucky to have an excellent line up of instructors: Yoshiomi Inoue, Ken Broome, Shaun Hoddy, Harvey Goodman, Mick Pratt and Danielle Jones. We were also honoured to have a visit from Tetsu Ehara Shihan.

The atmosphere was very friendly as all the students were keen to practice new techniques. The different approaches from the various senseis made this weekend very interesting, whether you were a beginner or an experience practitioner. It really gave everybody something to think about and work on. I wouldn’t know where to start to resume the lessons, so if you missed it this year, look out for the next one!

It was also an excellent opportunity to practice with aikidokas who came all the way from Ireland, Belgium and Holland. Even the juniors had a good time with a tanto taisabaki and open kata competition. I was impressed by their sustained attention and performance.

The whole event was a fundraising event, with all the profits going to SAGA Charity.  We will let you know the results soon.

Anyway, a big thank you to everybody who gave their time and money and made this weekend a successful event.

Pictures are available in the Genryukan Aikido gallery:
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Tetsu Ehara Shihan and Yoshiomi Inoue SenseiTetsu Ehara Shihan & Yoshiomi Inoue Sensei

Nidan grading

Me being awarded my Nidan (2nd Dan) in Tomiki Aikido
by Shaun Hoddy Sensei (6th Dan) in Basildon, Essex, the 14th July 2012

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New mats have arrived.

At last, we have received our new mats!

We now have 48 Shogun Supermats, thanks to a grant from Sport England Small Grants Programme.

We’d like to thank all the people who came to the dojo at 8am, ready to help unloading the mats. It was much appreciated.

After 2 hours wait enjoying a continental breakfast, everybody sprung into action when the delivery vab arrived. The specially made gingerbread “mat biscuits” may have help boost energy (thanks Yvette).  Once the mats unloaded and laid down, we had just enough time for a short inaugural training session.

I would also take the opportunity to thank Richard Scopes from the Dover Bushido Judo Club who let us use their mats for the last 2 years.


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Robert Mustard Sensei @ Genryukan Aikido

On Tuesday, our little club was honoured to play host to none other
than Robert Mustard Sensei (7th Dan).

Mustard @ Genryukan

We crammed 24 people into the dojo for the 2 hour session. Many of the participants had not met Mustard Sensei before, and were therefore yet to experience his incredible aikido talent, and be treated to his excellent sense of fun and good humour.
Those who had met and trained with Mustard Sensei before were once again left in awe of his aikido, and with the amazing “aikido enthusiasm” one experiences after his sessions.
A fantastic evening was had by all who attended. Many thanks to all of you, and well done for your willingness to adapt to the differences with Yoshinkan aikido.
We had some club rank promotions to administer, and Mustard Sensei very kindly presented the new belts and certificates. Congratulations to Yvette Marshall and Tony Dowling for achieving their 5th Kyu. Very well deserved.
A massive thank you to Robert Mustard Sensei for the fantastic evening and to Neil Saunders for arranging the visit. Thanks to Mick Mercer, Andrew Medland and Mark Atkinson for travelling down for the evening to train and help coach us.

Gallery – Robert Mustard Sensei @ Genryukan Dover

Mustard Sensei’s club in Cananda – Aikido Yoshinkai Burnaby

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Robert Mustard Sensei coming to Genryukan Dojo!!!!!!!

Genryukan students have got seriously lucky here. What a coup for our little dojo!

We are pleased to announce confirmation that Robert Mustard Sensei (7th Dan Yoshinkan) is coming to teach at Genryukan Dojo.

This special class will be on Tuesday 4th October 2011 from 7pm – 9.30pm (so the day immediately after the regular class), and is strictly limited to 20 students.

Price for this session is £20 per person.

Places will be filled on a first come first served basis. Once places are filled, we will then operate a wait list in case of drop outs between now and October.

Mustard Sensei

For close to 10 years Robert Mustard Sensei trained as a student of Soke Gozo Shioda, founder of Yoshinkan Aikido,Takafumi Takeno Sensei, 9th Dan; and Tsutomu Chida Sensei, 8th Dan. In 1991 Mustard Sensei was appointed Itaku Shidoin by Shioda Kancho and remained the Chief Foreign Instructor at the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan until he moved back to Canada in 1995.

Today he is recognized worldwide as being among the very best Yoshinkan Aikido practitioners and instructors.

Mustard throwing Phil

If you are interested in attending, contact Phil asap.

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South Of The River Seminar 2011

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Genryukan Aikido and Mushin No Shin Aikido are honoured to be jointly hosting the 2011 South Of the River Aikido Seminar.

Again we have the wonderful sea views from our venue, the fantastic SAGA Pavilion in Folkestone, and have an exciting programme of Aikido scheduled for the weekend.

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We are hoping the weekend ticket will provide everyone with amazing value for money.

It is an open event, so all are welcome regardless of association.

This year we have a dedicated juniors programme, with some fantastic activities lined up.

Instructors;

Ken Broome 7th Dan

Shaun Hoddy 6th Dan

Paul Bonett 5th Dan

Chris Stamate 4th Dan

Mick Pratt 4th Dan

Jim Dempster 3rd Dan

Pricing;

Adult Weekend Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) – £15

Junior Weekend Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) – FREE

Adult Saturday only – £10

Adult Sunday only – £10

Juniors Programme – Lots of fun and games. Embu (Randori & Open kata).

Seniors Programme – TBA

Please visit the event home page for updates

For more information please contact Phil Eyers on Facebook via Genryukan Aikido group or email phil@genryukan.co.uk

Please feel free to RSVP on our Facebook event page

New venue for Genryukan Aikido dojo!!

I am really pleased to announce that the Genryukan Aikido dojo is moving to a new venue, the Clarendon & Westbury Community Centre. It is located in Belgrave Road, off Folkestone Road in Dover.

Training there will start from the 22nd February, and every Monday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

I must thank Richard Scopes Sensei from Dover Bushido Judo Club who very kindly agreed to lend us their mats. This allows us to move sooner than we hoped for.

Also thanks to the Vista Leisure Centre that allowed us to get started at the first place.

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