The 4th edition of the South Of The River seminar took place this weekend at the SAGA Pavilion in Sandgate, Kent. It was organised by Genryukan Aikido with the invaluable help of Gowaryu Aikido and Hassou Aikido.
There was an excellent atmosphere throughout, people having fun practicing. We had the pleasure to have Shaun Hoddy, Paul Bonett, Bob Jones and Ken Broome who gave their time and knowledge freely.
The SOTR is British Aikido Association event held in profit of the “Saga Respite for Carers Trust”. In the UK today there are more than six million people looking after a family member, partner or friend, often isolated and unsupported. The Saga Respite for Carers Trust was launched to help carers aged 50 and over by providing a much needed holiday for the carer and a friend.
There was also a BAA grading taking place on the Saturday, and our students did brilliantly. Geoffrey Harris was promoted to 4th kyu (orange belt), whilst Yvette Marshall and Tony Dowling were promoted to 1st kyu (brown belt).
There will be a BAA National Grading on Saturday afternoon to all levels. This is open to all eligible BAA members. If you intend to grade, if possible please contact us in advance via the email@example.com email address.
The instructors we have for the weekend are;
Ken Broome 7th Dan Bob Jones 7th Dan Shaun Hoddy 6th Dan Paul Bonett 5th Dan
The club is 4 years old today! Big thank you to everybody for your help and looking forward to many more sessiosn and learning (and a bit of fun every now and then too).
I’ve learned a lot since the club has been going, not only from my colleagues and the great guest instructors who’ve been visiting us, but also from the students, past and present. I feel lucky to have such a good bunch of people training with us, and proud of the progress I’ve seen. Let’s keep it up, we all still have a lot more to learn!
Our great friends Meikyokai Aikido are once again holding this prestigious open seminar with Toby Threadgill and Robert Mustard in 2013. 2012’s event was absolutely fantastic, quite simply one of the best seminars I have ever been to, and I will not miss it this year.
The idea of two budo masters from entirely different martial arts, teaching together on the mat seems like it might not work. On the contrary, the chemistry and common ground found throughout worked incredibly well and I think most participants felt the event was even more special because of it.
Meikyokai Aikido Presents an open seminar with Toby Threadgill & Robert Mustard Dartford Judo Club, Kent on 14th September & 15th September 2013.
Costs: Sat & Sun £100 One Day (Saturday) £50 One Day (Sunday) £50 **BOOK BEFORE 1ST July AND PAY ONLY £90 FOR BOTH DAYS**
Robert Mustard Sensei (7th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido Shihan)
About Robert Mustard Sensei Robert Mustard began his Yoshinkan Aikido training under Kimeda Takeshi Sensei (9th Dan) over 30 years ago having previously studied kung fu and Kendo. After achieving the level of Sandan he left Toronto to study at the Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu Dojo in Tokyo. In 1987, Mustard Sensei completed the intense 9 month “Senshusei” training course which is mandatory for the Tokyo Riot Police and Honbu Dojo instructors. For close to 10 years he trained as a student of Soke Shioda Gozo, founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, Takeno Takafumi Sensei, 9th Dan; and Chida Tsutomu, 8th Dan. In 1991 Mustard Sensei was appointed Itaku Shidoin by Shoida Kancho and remained the Chief Foreign Instructor at the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo until he moved back to Canada in 1995. In September 2011, Mustard Sensei was awarded a Shihan licence by Shioda Kancho. Today, Mustard Sensei teaches full-time at his dojo in Vancouver and at clinics and seminars around the world. He is considered to be one of the foremost exponents of Aikido in the world today. More information about Robert Mustard Sensei can be found here
About Toby Threadgill Sensei Toby Threadgill began his martial arts training in 1978 in Santa Barbara where he studied western fencing under USN Capt. Hart Kait. He has since trained extensively in Wado-ryu karate, muay thai boxing, jujutsu, aikijujutsu and Jeet Kune do. In 1985 Toby Threadgill initiated training under Takamura Yukiyoshi, headmaster Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin ryu. In 1992 he founded the Soryushin Dojo and in 1994 was appointed a branch director of the Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin Kai. In 1999, he was one of three people to be awarded a menkyo kaiden in Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu. Following the passing of Takamura Yukiyoshi in 2000, he was asked by the other TSYR branch directors to accept the position of administrative head (kaicho) of the Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin Kai. He currently oversees instruction at the Shindo Yoshin Kai Hombu Dojo and maintains a busy international teaching schedule. More information about Toby Threadgill Sensei can be found here