South of the River 2015

The success of the recent South of the River Seminar, hosted by Genryukan Aikido, means that we were able to make an excellent donation to our supported charity SAGA Charitable Trust.

To all those who helped with the seminar, the instructors, mat movers, those who attended the weekend and very kindly donated to the charity, we would like to thank you for your generosity. We would also like to express our gratitude to the British Aikido Association for their extremely generous donation.

Sarah Jenner of SCT responded “Your donation is enough to give 180 school pupils in Kenya a bag of flour – each bag provides twelve meals for a family of four – food they would not otherwise be able to afford. Huge, huge thanks to you as always for supporting us and to everyone who got involved in making donations”

South Of The River seminar 2015


Genryukan Aikido is honoured to be hosting the 2015 South Of the River Aikido Seminar.

Thankfully this year we again have the wonderful sea views from our venue, the fantastic SAGA Pavilion in Folkestone, and have an exciting programme of Aikido scheduled for the weekend. We are hoping the weekend ticket will provide everyone with amazing value for money. It is an open event, so all are welcome.


  1. Ken Broome 7th Dan
  2. Shaun Hoddy 6th Dan
  3. Bob Jones 7th Dan
  4. Paul Wildish 6th Dan

A BAA National grading will take place on the Saturday afternoon for eligible BAA members. If you intend to take part, please email with the candidate details.

BAA Member Weekend Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) – £30
BAA Member Saturday only – £20
BAA Member Sunday only – £20

For Non-BAA members, the weekend cost will be £40.
Non-Member Saturday only – £25
Non-Member Sunday only – £25

More info on the BAA website

New Shodan

Anthony DownlingWe are proud to announce that Anthony Dowling who earned his black belt at the Herne Bay’s BAA Winter School.

He is our first Genryukan student to achieve dan grade and is a credit to the club. Congratulations Tony, all the hard work has paid off.

Also a big thank you to all the instructors and local clubs (Gowaryu, Mushin and Hassou Aikido) who helped him get there.


Howard Popkin @Genryukan 2015

Aiki Connections 2015 – with Howard Popkin Sensei 

Course date : Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June 2015

Howard Popkin Sensei

We are pleased to announce that Howard Popkin Sensei returns to Genryukan dojo in June 2015. Those who attended Howard’s first UK seminar here in May 2014 will agree it was a fantastic weekend, with all participants enjoying Howard’s great humour and sublime skills.

2013 Group photo

Howard Popkin Sensei, long time student of Okamoto Seigo, the founder of Roppokai Daitō-ryū and a student of Horikawa Kodo Sensei (longest serving student of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu founder Takeda Sōkaku).


Howard is a teacher of rare quality, profound, light-touch kuzushi, extensive technical knowledge and fine humour. His lessons and technical insights into the practice of aiki are true treasures for any serious student of aikido, judo and many other arts.

The course fee is £100 and it will be a very full weekend – to register or for more information please email Phil Eyers

Location will be at Genryukan Dojo, Clarendon & Westbury Community Centre, Belgrave Road, Dover, Kent CT17 9RA. – Easy access by car via the M20, Via train to Dover Priory Station. The Dojo is within walking distance (less than 10 mins from station). There is parking on site.

Payments via paypal in advance, just contact Phil Eyers via email at or on 07445 453182

Please book your weekend ticket via paypal.

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South Of The River seminar 2014

SOTR 2014

Great weekend with brilliant instructors and a good turnout.

Big thank you to Shaun Hoddy, Simon Fraser, Bob Jones, Ken Broome and John Burn. We had a nice variety of styles and approaches which was very interesting.

Also well done Phil Eyers for organising the event.

Finally, thank you to all the attendees who trained diligently and in a good atmosphere