Herne Bay – New Study Group venue

Following the great visit to Herne Bay’s Shogun Martial Arts last week, and after further discussion with Lee Adams, we are pleased to announce we will be holding regular monthly Daito-Ryu Study Group sessions in the new year. They will be on the first Friday of each month, starting with…

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Study group hits Herne Bay

Last night, we took a “Study Group on Tour” trip over to Lee Adams’ dojo, Shogun Martial Arts School, in Herne Bay. It’s the first time I had seen Lee’s new dojo, which was once an amusement arcade on Herne Bay sea front. We were most impressed with the facility.…

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Tickets already half sold

We have already sold half of the tickets to next year’s Aiki Connections weekend. If you intend to participate but have yet to secure your ticket, I would advise you to act now. Read testimonials from previous attendees here. Understanding that stumping up the necessary consideration this close to Christmas…

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Discounted Aiki Connections 2018 T-shirts

We have a few remaining T-Shirts from Aiki Connections 2018. If you would like one, we are offering them for £12 each plus £3 postage. Book your Aiki Connections 2019 weekend ticket now Order the last remaining event t-shirts for £12 (plus £3 postage) below via PayPal. Where to? Posted…

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Study Group hits Bristol

The classic training error of taking the group shot at the end when 5 people had already left. I just got back to Kent after a long drive back from Bristol (4 hours is always an eternity with my kids in the car). On Saturday, we held a 6hr “Study…

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Early bird discount ends

The 1st September is upon us. This means the early bird discount for Aiki Connections comes to a close. We have added the facility to pay a deposit in order to secure a limited space without paying the full £120 in one go. Book your Aiki Connections 2019 ticket now

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Book early and save £20

On 1st September 2018, the ticket price for Aiki Connections 2019 will go up to £120.  If you want to save £20, book early and in turn help us greatly with the organisation of the event. Visit our event page to book your place now

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Horikawa Kodo

Some fantastic photos of Horikawa Kodo, Okamoto Sensei’s teacher. Our thanks to Ole Kingston of Daito Ryu Enryukai. A Young Kodo Taiso Horikawa, Sokaku Takeda, Kodo Horikawa. The famous photo of Kodo with a young Gozo Shioda.

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Study Group session in Cornwall

Whilst on holiday in Cornwall, I visited fellow Ginjukai member Dave Remnant. Dave kindly showed me around his land and property before we took to his home dojo. Converted from a former stable, this fantastic facility was the setting for an evening of Daito-ryu, beer and pizza. My thanks to…

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Latest feedback

Some nice feedback from John Shields… I have been practising the art of Aikido for the last 30 years, and have had the good fortune to have trained with various Sensei and Shihan from both Europe and Japan. On meeting Sensei’s Popkin and Brogna, I was amazed at their technical…

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Seminar Feedback just in…

Aiki Connections seminar feedback just in courtesy of Phil Glover….. Tl;dr: It was good, join us next time. So, it’s been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Aiki Connections Seminar and I’ve been using the time to try and organise my thoughts to offer some feedback. Before we start, a bit…

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Another review

New review received, this time courtesy of Mr Mark Jenner…. Another great Daito Ryu weekend in Dover with the Aiki connections crowd, four years now and it’s not yet failed to deliver! This is much more than just another martial arts seminar, enlightening, thought provoking, and frustratingly minimalist, it’s all…

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New Aiki Connections review

Our thanks to Simon Thackeray for this feedback… An enlightening and enjoyable weekend with knowledgeable, skillful teachers who were keen for everyone to get what it is they’re teaching and make time for everyone there. Some six hours a day of training time could have been heavy going, but it…

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Great testimonial

Aikido folk often pay lip-service to the fact that their art derives from Daito-ryu, but not many get the chance to actually train in aikido’s parent art. I was fortunate enough to be able to share a mat with Howard Popkin and Joe Brogna at the Aiki Connections seminar recently,…

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Post weekend thoughts

Thank you to everyone who attended the weekend. It was lovely to see so many old friends and to start so many new friendships. It was an absolute pleasure to train with you all. I always derive huge enjoyment in seeing the surprise/shock on people’s faces when they grab Howie…

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Great feedback

I have been a committed budoka for some fifty years, first practising judo, then subsequently practising Tomiki Aikido, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido and Mugai Ryu Iaiheiho. Throughout my budo journey I have shared practice with jujutsu, jodo, kenjutsu, karate, Nihon Shorinji Kempo and Chinese tai chi teachers. This experience…

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Nice words…

“My brief time training with Popkin and Brogna Sensei radically altered my perspective on aiki. One of the first things you will notice with Popkin and Brogna Sensei is the confident effortlessness of their movement. Come in contact with one of them, and instantly you are attached to something you…

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Aiki Connections Single Day tickets

As we reach the “one month to go” mark before the Aiki Connections weekend with Howard Popkin and Joe Brogna, we are very pleased that so many have booked up to attend.  We understand that there are some who are unable to make the whole weekend, so to help with…

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Assumptions, courtesy of Peter Boylan

An excerpt from an old post on Peter Boylan’s (the Budo Bum) blog…. “Getting out to a seminar or two in another art can broaden your perspective on situations the arts you study are intended to deal with. Every art has a frame through which it interprets the world. It’s…

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Aiki Connections 2018, not long now!

As we reach the four weeks to go to point, there’s good news for those who booked their place early.  The complimentary event t-shirts are ready and will be available at the Aiki Connections weekend. Those who missed the free event t-shirt offer can still order one here Aiki Connections…

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Epic training day

We had a fantastic days training on May Bank holiday Saturday. The beautiful weather set the scene for an intensive seven hour training session. Participants came from as far afield as Cornwall, from London, and from the local area of course. I want to thank the Cornish contingent for travelling…

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Aiki Connections 2018

As we get closer to Aiki Connections 2018, if you are planning to attend, please book your ticket via the event page here http://www.daitoryu.co.uk/aiki-connections-2018/ Event T-shirts can also be ordered for delivery or pick-up at the Aiki Connections event. http://www.daitoryu.co.uk/aiki-connections-2018/aiki-connections-t-shirt/

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Great feedback from Nikos

Last summer, through a contact of my teacher, Quentin Cooke, I was informed of a small Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu study group led by Phil Eyers that follows the Roppokai tradition and Seigo Okamoto sensei. This group has been inviting two American teachers, Howard Popkin and Joe Brogna sensei (personal students of…

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Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujutsu article for Aikidoka

Last year I wrote the following article for the British Aikido Association magazine “Shizentai”. The intended audience is mainly Tomiki Kenji lineage aikido folk. I very much like the name Shizentai, as “natural posture” is generally what we use in our practice. _______________________________________ Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu When asked about what they…

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300 mile round trip

We recently took a flying visit to Suffolk, where Oran Redmond operates the UK’s only UK Mainline Daito-Ryu Study group. It was a long drive (thanks Jamie), but it was well worth the effort to network with other folk with a shared love of all things Daito-ryu. We had a…

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