November 14, 2021 – Montreuil, Aikido-Aikiken

Hello to all of you. Please note our third Aikido and Aikiken session of the 21-22 season which will take place on Sunday November 14 from 2 to 5 pm at the Dojo des Guilands in Montreuil and which will also be the last one this year 2021. Our next meetings will be on Sunday … Continue reading November 14, 2021 – Montreuil, Aikido-Aikiken

October 31, 2021 – Montreuil, Aikido-Aikiken

Hello to all of you, As specified on the attached poster, the second volume of my Aikido and Aikiken mini-workshops will take place on October 31, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Dojo des Guilands in Montreuil. I hope to see you on the tatami on this occasion for an afternoon of … Continue reading October 31, 2021 – Montreuil, Aikido-Aikiken

26 Septembre 2021 – Montreuil, Aikido-Aikiken

En espérant que nous puissions enfin reprendre un cycle d’entraînement normal, voici un premier mini-stage de travail Aikido-Aikiken qui se déroulera sur 3 heures le 26 septembre au Dojo des Guilands de Montreuil. N’oubliez pas de vous munir de votre passe-sanitaire et d’un bokken. Au plaisir de vous revoir sur le tapis.  

“A Life in Aikido” still continue : Part 5 – A New Start in London

Chiba Sensei’s writings on his years in England as published by the San Diego Aikikai Newsletter end here. What will follow is partly based on my memories and partly on the biography of Chiba Sensei compiled by Liese Klein, published by Birankai North America and available through amazon.com. PART VI – The London Years (1967 … Continue reading “A Life in Aikido” still continue : Part 5 – A New Start in London

PART V – A New Start in London

A New Start in London On December 14th, 1967, I left Newcastle Station on the 11:55 train bound for London. I had made this particular trip countless times, but this time was different – I was relocating to London for good. It had been one year and seven months since the political mess in the … Continue reading PART V – A New Start in London

PART IV – The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel The year 1967 ushered in changes so profound that the whole of my life continued to be influenced by the events of that time. Prior to the first signs of change I had suffered countless sleepless nights beset by anxiety, anger and depression, struggling over the question … Continue reading PART IV – The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Part 3: Private Classes With Chiba Sensei

Shortly after my arrival at Hombu Dojo, having earned the trust of the small group of foreigners who attended Chiba Sensei’s class on Friday evenings, I learned that some of them had formed a working group to practice privately with him. This group included several Americans: Paul Sylvain, Lorraine Sylvain-DiAnne, Meik Scoss, Bruce Bookman and … Continue reading Part 3: Private Classes With Chiba Sensei

Part III – My First Year in England – Vol.4: The End of the First Year

The End of the First Year I went to see the man in charge of Sunderland Physical Education (SPE) whom I had met once before through Mr. Logan. Although he was no longer active, I had been told that he was an Aikidoist who had led an SPE-sponsored group of practitioners that was loosely associated … Continue reading Part III – My First Year in England – Vol.4: The End of the First Year

PART III – My First Year in England, Volume 3: Nothing is Working

Nothing is working ... As the days crawled by, I became increasingly more agitated and angry with my situation: There had been no change, no news from Mr. Logan regarding the progress of a dojo for me and no contact from any Aikido schools or other dojos in the country. I felt I was being … Continue reading PART III – My First Year in England, Volume 3: Nothing is Working