Aiki Connections 2020 Places Sold

Fantastic news, we have sold half of the available places on the 7th annual Aiki Connections weekend in May, with Howard Popkn and Joe Brogna. If you would like to participate in the most fun weekend on the calendar, we advise you book your spot sharpish. Book your place at…

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Required reading : TSYR History and Technique

Before I fortunate enough to start training Daito-Ryu Ginjukai in 2014, I was an avid practitioner of Aikido alone. Through my good friend Neil Saunders, in 2009 I was lucky enough to meet Robert Mustard of Yoshinkan Aikido, a Canadian Aikido teacher who had been famously depicted in Robert Twiggers…

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5 years

It is five years since the passing of Okamoto Seigo. We have to thank him for all he did to openly spread awareness of Daito-Ryu Aiki around the world, and for passing his skills to our teachers so we can all continue to benefit from his memory. We will do…

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What are the basic techniques of Daito–ryu?

Shihan Certification & Hiden Ogi scroll awarded to Okamoto Seigo by Horikawa Kodo What are the basic techniques of Daito–ryu? Okamoto: These are basics that were created by Shisho (Kodo) in Hokkaido. In our case we have changed them a little, but basically speaking they are the same. If one…

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Very familiar sentiment

My own martial arts training started with Shaolin kung fu, then jujitsu. So since starting training in Aikido, my biggest battle has been with acquiring softness and trying not to use brute strength in techniques. As one part of my early investigations into aikido I investigated the source of Aikido,…

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An island of good ‘Aiki’

When I was younger, I had a very good friend who I spent more hours training with than I can remember, and thanks to him I carry some of the injuries I do today and likewise for him I would imagine. We were stupid and probably pushed close to the…

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A Memorable Event

A two-day seminar with Howard Popkin and Joe Brogna. As martial artists we tend to walk a fairly similar path. We try out a style, find it is a good fit for where we are at that time and we either stick with it, or as our life and needs…

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The best experience

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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What is Daitō-ryū?

Reposting this article for the benefit of our Study Group members (and anyone else who might be interested of course). 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…

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Final flourish

For our last Herne Bay Study Group session of 2019, our intrepid band of merry Daito-ryu practitioners spent an evening studying kotegaeshi with a focus on Aiki sage. Genuine progress is very noticeable, and I couldn’t be happier with how the group is going. My thanks to everyone involved, and…

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West Country abound

It was “Study group on tour” shenanigans this weekend.Will and Tom joined me for a weekends Daito-Ryu training in Bristol and Torquay.As is becoming the tradition, Will kindly brought some booze with him which obviously we had to taste in advance.Daughter made some crafty Daito-Ryu gifts to take with us.And…

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Rob’s feedback

Some more Aiki Connections feedback, this time courtesy of Rob Ayre. “The line between Aikido and Daito-Ryu is fast disappearing for me. Everything I want from Aikido exists in Daito-Ryu. The subtle and soft movements with devastating effects are worthy of sincere study. To be unable to move or to…

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“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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