Club closure in August

This is a reminder that the Genryukan dojo will be closed in August, due to some renovation work taking place at the Clarendon & Westbury Community Centre.

The last training session will be on the 26th July 2010, and we will resume normal practice on 6th September 2010.

In the meantime, other aikido clubs in the area will be open and will welcome you if you wish to train with them. If you need a lift, contact us via the website or our Facebook group, and we can arrange some car-sharing.


South Of The River Seminar – Pictures

The “South Of The River Seminar” has been very successful.
We would like to thank the team from Gowaryu for organising such a great event. We would also like to thank all the students who attended, without your support events such as these would not happen. The coaches for this event were second to none with well thoughtout themes.
Here are some pictures of the events, the entire gallery is available here.


ZETAR grading, 10th July 2010

National ZETAR grading at Canvey Island on Saturday 10th July 2010. The results for our friends from Gowaryu Aikido were as follow:

  • Jim Dempster – Sandan
  • Lis Jepsen – Shodan
  • Jon Pieterse – ikkyu
  • Matthew Drinkwater – ikkyu
  • Emma Rutt – nikyu
  • Trevor Orman – nikyu
  • Lloyd Martin – yonkyu
  • Mike DeFroad – yonkyu
  • Kris gooding – shichikyu
  • Jim Arundell – shichikyu
  • Lynn Bracken – shichikyu
  • Liam Bennett – shichikyu

Congratulations to everyone!


Recommended aikido reading

Aikido The Tomiki Way
Aikido: the Tomiki Way
by Neil Saunders

A very useful useful reference material for any Tomiki Aikidoka. This book contains over 1100 photographs demonstrating the kata system (including all six Koryu-No-Kata) of Tomiki Aikido, as well as explaining etiquette, basic movements, and ukemi that are used in this system.

Tomiki Aikido

Tomiki Aikido: Randori & Koryu no Kata
by Dr Lee Ah Loi

An essential aid for anyone studying Tomiki Aikido from beginners to Dan grades. It covers every aspect from basic breakfalls through Randori no Kata and Shichihon (balance breaking)to Koryu no Kata.

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere
By Adele Westbrook
Total Aikido

Total Aikido: The Master Course
by Gozo Shioda

This book explains the fundamental principles in fine detail. It covers the basic postures and movements, placing special emphasis on perfecting the key techniques for achieving maximum effect with minimum effort. It is aimed at beginners and advanced students.

Angry White Pyjamas

Angry White Pyjamas
by Robert Twigger

The story of an English poet who found himself training in Aikido with the Japanese Riot Police. Entertaining and interesting.

The Book of Five Rings

The Book of Five Rings
by Miyamoto Musashi

Written by the master swordsman and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi in 1643, the Book of Five Rings has become a classic on strategy and confrontation. Written not only for martial artists but for leaders in all professions, the book analyses the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.


Bushido: The Way of the Samurai
by Tsunetomo Yamamoto (Author),  Justin F. Stone (Editor),  Minoru Tanaka (Translator)

In the sixteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure which was secretly circulated among the “awakened” samurai-the samurai elite. In 1906, the book was first made available to the general Japanese public and, until 1945, its guiding principles greatly influenced the Japanese ruling class – particularly those individuals in military power. This book is the first English translation of the “Hagakure”


Christmas party!

In conjonction with Gowaryu Aikido and other local clubs to be confirmed, members of Genryukan Aikido are invited for a Christmas party in Folkestone.

It will be held in Folkestone, on Saturday 5th Dcember 2009.
We’ll meet for a drink between 7 and 8pm, then we’ll make our way toward a chinese restaurant, followed by more beverages to wash it all down.

For more details about the evening, simply ask an instructor or contact me by email.

If you think you will attend please let us know so we can book an adequate table at the restaurant.