Sensei Robert Mustard Seminar

Meikyokai Aikido are pleased to announce they will be hosting a two day seminar with Sensei Robert Mustard on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 2010. This event will be open to all styles of Aikido regardless of affiliation and anyone interested in ‘aiki’ related arts.

Robert Mustard SenseiMustard Sensei is one of the leading exponents of the Aikido in the world today having trained in Japan for 10 years under Soke Gozo Shioda, Takeno and Chida Sensei’s.

The seminar will be held at the Dartford Judo Club in Dartford, Kent. For more information on this seminar, costs and booking form, please click here.

The course will run from 10:00 – 17:00 on both days with the dojo opening at 09:00. If you have any questions related to this seminar please do not hesitate to contact Meikyokai via e-mail at or via telephone on +44 (0) 7510 309 474.


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”


Session with Neil Saunders Sensei

Last night Gowaryu enjoyed a Yoshinkan flavour with a visit from Meikyokai Aikido club, Bexley.  Neil Saunders (4th Dan) took the class through the following exercises;
  • Kamae
  • Nikajo/nikkyo/kote mawashi
  • Sankajo/sankyo/Tenkai kote hineri
  • Hiji ate/Mae otoshi
  • Kotegaeshi
  • Iriminage
  • Kokyu ho
  • Osae waza
The evening was mainly focused on the importance of good kamae (posture), but while being relaxed.  We liked how resistance from uke made no difference to the techniques, yet there was no discernable pain compliance used in locks.
Many of the techniques were focused on disturbing uke’s balance through the shoulder.
Our thanks again go to Neil Saunders, Dave Clarke, Mark Atkinson, and Rob Cole for coming down.  A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening was had by all.