Adult Aikido

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Why train at the Kenshinryu?

  1. Training to suit your lifestyle… We have provided full time training from the same venue 6 days a week to literally thousands of adults and juniors since 1991. The Dojo (training centre) was set up over 30 years ago solely for martial arts practice and is full of atmosphere. There is a varied class schedule with something suitable for all ages and abilities
  2. Personal Instruction… The Headmaster, David Dangerfield Sensei has studied in Japan on over 30 occasions and has been a full time professional teacher for over 25 years. In 201  he awarded his 6th Dan in recognition of his achievements in martial arts. Under him are a dedicated team of highly trained teachers with many years of experience between them. They include Tim Alberts Sensei 4th Dan and Steven Nutt Sensei 2nd Dan. Naturally there are separate adult and junior classes with many people graduating from juniors to adults over the years
  3. An extremely effective style for self defence & fitness… From day one you are introduced to strategies and techniques that can help you stay safe and improve your fitness. We have an extremely high retention rate as students quickly realise that Aikido training can build their confidence in a way that flows through to all aspects of their lives
  4. Become a part of a martial arts family… The Kenshinryu attracts people with a shared interest in self improvement. The instructors and students form a tightly knit group that creates a friendly but focused, non-competitive atmosphere. There is great camaraderie and people of all ages and abilities are welcome. We have students as young as 10 and well over 60 training
  5. Milestones to mark your progress… There are regular gradings spaced throughout the year and you will be invited to participate when you are ready to do your next grade. There a total of 10 Kyu levels before your Shodan (first degree black belt). The first four of these levels involve the essential basics of the art and you can move through these inside the first 6 months if you train regularly. It takes approximately four years to achieve your Shodan. Unlike many schools that offer a ‘quick fix’ we acknowledge that it takes time to become highly proficient at anything we do. The gradings, like the memberships, are also quite inexpensive
  6. Very reasonable fees… We recognise that people have all sorts of financial obligations to meet and we aim to allow access to training without breaking the bank. Kenshinryu memberships and fees have been maintained at a very low level for many years.  We are a not-for-profit organisation and put simply our motto is ‘Training first… money second
  7. Variety is the spice of life… Aikido comprises a very wide range of technique from strikes to throws, take-downs, joint locks, restraint & removal and pressure points. In addition there are regular weekly classes in knife, walking cane, long and short sword and 4 foot staff as well as other traditional Japanese weaponry. Such a varied syllabus ensures that students are never bored
  8. A calendar of social and study events… There are regular seminars and camps as well as a variety of social events. As a  student you will expand your friendships and build relationships that can last a lifetime. Our motto in this department is ‘Train hard… Play hard
  9. Apprenticeships are available for full time students… Opportunities exist for full time students to complete a very intensive apprenticeship and take up a role as an instructor in the Kenshinryu. If this is of interest to you, please advise one of our instructors.

Summary… A ‘Sogo Budo’ is a martial art that combines armed and unarmed practice. While the Kenshinryu provides specialist classes in each area separately, students are encouraged to attend both styles of class. The Headmaster’s Shinto Muso Ryu teacher , Nishioka Tsuneo Sensei, described them as “two wheels on the one cart”. To aid this amalgamation, during Aikido classes we refer to and regularly use the sword in particular. The Founder of Aikido used a sword throughout his lifetime to inform his unarmed practice and it seems the ultimate embarrassment for an Aikido practitioner to be anything less than competent with this weapon so central to all Japanese Budo. (In the same way students are encouraged to explore and understand the connection from weapons to unarmed practice during the Shinto Muso Ryu classes.)

Much of the sword work in modern Aikido can be seen as an insult to competent swordsmanship, even more particularly when practicing ‘tachi tori’ (sword taking). From a deeper understanding and more meaningful sword practice come so many of the key ingredients so important to Aikido.

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  • Shisei – posture
  • Riai – congruence of principle/s
  • Zanshin – awareness
  • Ki-Ken-Tai Ichi – united movement
  • Kiai – united energy
  • Metsuke – visual capability
  • Maai – appreciation of combative interval
  • Te no uchi – hand positions and feeling
  • Kime / Sundomae – control

The Martial Way

  • Rei – Etiquette
  • Shin – Trust
  • Gi – Justice
  • Jin – Benevolence
  • Chi – Knowledge

“The spirit of Budo is not concerned with winning or losing. The basis of training must be to enhance the quality of our life. In dwelling on the surface aspects only, we will be drawn inevitably towards comparisons and competitiveness. By letting go of the fear that is winning and losing … by adopting a spirit of openness, we can experience the sense of freedom and joy that is Budo.”

David Dangerfield Sensei