In the dojo community, advanced students of aikido are called Yudansha (black belts), the beginners are called Mudansha (unranked and kyu ranks).You will not become a Yudansha only by improving your ability. It is also necessary to strengthen your mind and soul according to the way of the warrior. A Yudansha always gives more to the dojo than he takes. For him, the dojo is more than a sports center. It is a part of his life and the members are a part of his family.

Therefore, in the dojo, all the members are connected in a Sempai (Senior) and Kohei (junior) relationship. Everybody, even the teacher, is always a sempai and kohei at the same time. The sempai is the senior member despite his physical skills or the degree he might have. The kohei is the junior member. Even if he is more skilled and higher ranked than his senior, the kohei has to respect him as long as he lives. The senior takes care of his junior and always tries to be a guide to him on his way of budo. 

Shoji Nishio


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.


Robert Mustard Sensei

For those interested in attending the Robert Mustard Sensei seminar in Dartford along with Christophe and I in October, to save £10 on the weekend ticket (normally £70) you have to have the application in before September. If you give the form and payment to me this week before we close for August, I will forward it on to the organisers.

This is one seminar not to be missed.

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