“It’s up to you…”

Back fresh from my week in the USA, which included the three day Daito-Ryu Ginjukai Honbu Weekend (among other things) on Long Island, New York. I had a fantastic time, and learned so much. It is great to train and benefit from the experience of so many other Ginjukai members.…

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Cracking night in Herne Bay

Last night, all eyes were on Herne Bay seafront as our intrepid gang of Daito-Ryu enthusiasts met once again for more action. We were joined for the first time by our friends Lionel, Lisa and Mark from Essex. Fresh from their first experience of Daito-Ryu at Aiki Connections 2019, they…

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Some great feedback

Some cracking feedback courtesy of Stu Marshall…. What can I say that hasn’t already been said multiple times with greater eloquence and insight? Not much. It’s all true what people say. Every bit of it. Unless it’s anything other than superlative, in which case it’s an outrageous fabrication. Fake News.…

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Will’s seminar review

I was given an opportunity to learn about Daito-Ryu courtesy of Phil Eyers when I joined Genryukan dojo. I was interested in Aikido for being able to throw your opponents without using force compared to other popular martial arts. I never knew a style softer than aikido existed until I…

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Seminar feedback

Some more feedback, this time courtesy of Lionel de Nobrega; You expect occasionally to take a little leap forward in your understanding of things. What you don’t plan for, is to have your mind blown open by new possibility and instead end up realising that what you thought you knew…

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Weekend feedback from Paul Conway

Some feedback from the weekend, courtesy of Paul Conway…. “Back from a weekend of training with Howard Popkin and Joe Brogna, the leaders of the Ginjukai school of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. I think you would struggle to find a better seminar than those led by Howard and Joe. They both…

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Weekend thoughts

I just got back from the airport run, and am in full on adrenaline dump mode. I just wanted to get a few thoughts down about the weekend. This was the sixth consecutive Aiki Connections seminar. Each year Howard and Joe have attracted an increasing number of participants to the…

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Last minute T-shirt orders

If anyone is tempted to order a last minute event T-shirt, please be aware there is now insufficient time to produce your shirt for pick up at this weekends seminar. All orders from now will require the additional postage option. Aiki Connections 2019 T-Shirt page

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Seminar weekend timings

Quick update on timings for the weekend. Friday night, in Herne Bay. 7pm – 9pm (please arrive early). Car park opposite is couple of quid for the evening. Venue – Shogun Martial Arts, 55-56 Central Parade, Herne Bay CT6 5JG Saturday in Dover. Please arrive by 9.30 so we can…

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6 weeks left

Now’s your chance to snag the last couple of spots at the Aiki event of the year. If you are aiming to attend Aiki Connections 2019, this is your final call to action. Don’t delay, act now. Don’t miss out

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Herne Bay update

We forgot to take the obligatory group pic, so heres Will and Dave from last time. Great session Friday night, and a warm welcome to our new group addition Dan. See you all for more on the 6th June.

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Don’t forget your T-shirt

Calling all Aiki Connections participants! Make sure you get your orders in for this year’s ultra limited edition run t-shirt design. Look at these beauts, absolutely loving their 2018 shirts. Don’t miss your chance to be an absolute legend. This year’s design, again Hokusai Katsushika inspired, features mount Fuji and…

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Pictorial Daito-ryu Ginjukai Lineage

Pictorial lineage of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Ginjukai Takeda Sōkaku, the founder of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu (October 10, 1859 – April 25, 1943) Takeda Sōkaku (middle) and his student Kodo Horikawa (right). Kōdō Horikawa (1894–1980) Kōdō Horikawa (second from left) seated with Shioda Gōzō (third from left). Kōdō Horikawa (middle) training with…

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Interesting Interview with Ueshiba Morihei

A both fascinating and unorthodox interview with Daito-ryu Instructor and Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei, has surfaced. Aikikai Aikido and Takumakai Daito-Ryu student Guillaume Errard posted that he found it recently. Good job Guillaume! A very curious dynamic develops between interviewer and interviewee, ranging from amused to annoyed (on both sides).…

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Okamoto Seigo Interview

I forgot to share this last month when it was posted up. Originally published in 1990 by Gekkan Hiden Magazine (“Secret Teachings Monthly”), our friend Chris Li put up part one of an interview with Okamoto Sensei on his excellent Sangenkai blog. (I love this picture)

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West country whistle stop

That was a busy weekend…. We just had a great weekend’s study group action in the west country. First a quick 4 hour Friday night drive down to Bristol, courtesy of my trusty chauffeur/Brother. Sone refreshments followed of course.. On Saturday Daren gave me a quick tour of Bristol before…

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Daito-ryu in Bristol or Torquay anyone?

Next weekend, the Study Group will be on tour in the west country. On Saturday (23rd March 2019), we will be in Bristol, hosted by Daren Sims at Bristol South Aikido Dojo. Hopefully a few beers will be tasted on Friday, followed by training on Saturday from 1pm – 5pm.…

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Articles for Archive purposes

Daito Ryu Article for BAA Shizentai Magazine Daito Ryu article in BAB Aikido Times Magazine Howard Popkin Interview part 1 in BAA Shizentai Magazine Howard Popkin Interview part 2 in BAA Shizentai Magazine Aiki Connections 2017 advert in BAB Aikido Times Magazine

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2016 Interview with Howard Popkin

Howard, you and Joe Brogna operate the Daito Ryu Ginjukai in New York. For those who don’t know what it is, please could you tell us about Daito Ryu? Daitoryu Aikijujutsu was brought to the public eye a few generations ago by Takeda Sokaku. The son of a Samurai, Sokaku…

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Control yourselves….

This handsome chap has the very first and only Aiki Connections 2019 t-shirt produced. His rugged good looks are perfect for showing off this year’s design. Order your shirt today, then either pick it up at Aiki Connections or have it posted to you.

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Takeda Sokaku Timeline

This timeline is reproduced from the archive of Aikido Journal. Many thanks to Josh Gold at Aikido Journal for permission. 1859 – Born on October 10, 1859 at the Takeda Mansion in Oike, Aizu Bange-cho, in present-day Fukushima Prefecture. Father, Sokichi Takeda (1819-1906), mother Tomi (unknown dates), daughter of Dengoro…

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On the fence about Daito-ryu?

Have a read of some of the testimonial quotes below from previous participants of the Aiki Connections weekend, then head over and book your place at this year’s event. “There is only one way to understand this level of Aiki and that is to feel it or to get “Hands…

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2019 T-Shirts available to order

Aiki Connections 2019 T-Shirt We are very pleased to be able release for pre-order, the newly designed Aiki Connections T-Shirt for 2019. Our shirts are becoming very sought after as they are produced in limited numbers each year. Order your shirt here and pick it up at the event in…

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Aiki Connections 2019 – Book now.

July will see our 6th annual Aiki Connections weekend with Howard Popkin and Joe Brogna. As anyone who has participated before will tell you, it’s a fantastic weekend full of laughter and a rare opportunity to sample and try for yourself, some amazing authentic Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujutsu. Half the places for…

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Study Group “On Tour” dates

We are pleased to announce the following Daito-Ryu Study Group sessions in Bristol and Torquay during mid February. Following the successful visit in 2018, we return to Bristol on Saturday 23rd March at Bristol South Aikido Dojo, Fortfield Road Bristol, BS14 9NX. On Sunday 24th March, we are at St…

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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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