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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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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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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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