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Koryu Dai Ichi Seminar

Koryu Dai Ichi

Zen Eikoku Tomiki Aikido Renmei is hosting a Koryu Dai Ichi Seminar under the direction of Shaun Hoddy Sensei 6th Dan Tomiki Aikido, 1st Dan Taiho-Jutsu.

Saturday 14th November 2009, from 2:30pm to 5:45pm

“My daughter Lisa who lost her battle to cancer on 27th November 2006 has inspired this course. The aim of this course is to raise money for the Karen Ball Fund. The Karen Ball Fund is a small charity based in the county of Rutland who came to our aid by funding some of Lisa’s private treatment. All profits made will be donated to the Karen Ball Fund.”

Karen Ball Fund

Please support this good cause:

ZETAR Licensed Instructor Free
Adult Course Fee £8.00
Junior Course Fee £4.00

More details available here:
Course invite, Koryu Dai Ichi Seminar

New badges for Genryukan Aikido

Genryukan Logo

Badges have been ordered for my new Aikido club, based on the this original design (left).

They should be dispatched by the end of september… Fingers crossed, they will look awesome!

Just a reminder that Genryukan Aikido holds lessons every mondays at the Dover Leisure Centre.

Our members are mainly beginners, but seen how they are progressing, they will soon need to be promoted so they can shed their white belt.

I must say that so far, I am very pleased with the level demonstrated, and with the support I’ve received to run the club.

So thank you everybody, and special thanks to Phil, Eoin, Tom and Jim!!

Genryukan Aikido

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First training night!

Yesterday was the grand opening of Genryukan Aikido and it went pretty well!

It took place in the main hall of the Dover Leisure Centre (Dover, Kent). We were lucky to have an excellent turnout of about 25 people, shame that we had to chase the venue’s staff to get some mats put down!!! I guess you always have to expect some teething problems the first time, it’s just a shame when you are trying to be professional and your first lesson starts in a chaotic fashion.

Despite the noise, having less mats than expected and the high number of participants, we all had a lot of fun. Also, the beginners were very attentive and performed very well, which is very encouraging.

Big thanks go to Jim for helping out and take care of the more experienced members off the mat, while I was dealing with all the beginners on the mat.

Another big thank you goes to the members of Gowaryu Aikido and Katsujinken Aikido who came to support the new club, it made a hell of a difference. It also allowed us to give the new guys a demo of what Aikido is really about, and what they can expect to achieve, from ninindori, to fighting with/against weapon and various katas.

I’m now looking forward to next week and start teaching the new guys in earnest. 🙂


New Aikido club opening in Dover, Kent

Koryu Dai Yon

Koryu Dai Yon

I’m opening a new aikido club is opening on Monday 22nd June with the help of Gowaryu & Katsujinken Aikido clubs.

The new club is called “Genryukan” Aikido, Genryukan meaning  “Practical flow”.

We will be training every monday from 22nd June at Dover Leisure Centre.

Training sessions will be from 7:00pm until 9:00pm.
Our club is open to 14 year olds and over.

Beginners are welcome at any time, and the first lesson is free. Try before you buy!

The style of Aikido taught is principly ‘Tomiki’, though Traditional and Yoshinkan styles are also explored during the training sessions.All of the coaches are Nationally Qualified to teach Aikido and hold public liability insurance.

Training at Gowaryu Aikido

A quick video of a training session at Gowaryu Aikido in Ashford, Kent


Will teach aikido for doughnuts…

Getting ready to get out and distribute leaflets for the new club…

Did I mention there’s a new Aikido club in Dover?


Star Trek meets Monty Python

James Tiberius Kirk reaches Camelot!


Laughter is contagious

Tomiki Aikido Katas

Here are a few videos of me performing some Aikido kata a while ago

Randori no kata, with Jim Dempster

Koryu Dai San, with Jim Dempster

Koryu Dai Yon, with Tom Davey

Monty Python

A collection of 99 Monty Python sketches available on YouTube.

Have Fun!

1. Monty Python – Hitler in England
2. Monty Python – Spam
3. Monty Python – married
4. Monty Python – Murderes
5. Monty Python – Archaeology Today
6. Monty Python – French Sketch
7. Monty Python – Mouse Problem
8. Monty Python – Bicycle repairman!
9. Monty Python – Most Awful Family In Britain
10. Monty Python – Aussie hunters
11. Monty Python – The money programme!
12. Monty Python – A Man With Three Buttocks

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