South Of The River seminar 2013


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).


Genryukan Club grading

Yesterday 6th August 2012, Genryukan held a local kyu grading.  The judging panel were Jim Dempster, Christophe Courtin and Phil Eyers. Congratulations to the following Genryukan students who successfully graded under the BAA syllabus.  Very well done.

6th Kyu – White Belt
Georges Lejeune
Darren Jarvis
Patrick Hughes

2nd Kyu – Blue Belt
Tony Dowling
Yvette Marshall