Congratulations to our latest black belt.

Congratulations to Chihiro who passed her Shodan at the recent Shodokan UK national grading.

Shodokan Open June 2014 - Tournament Info & Entry Form




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SAUK Student Nationals

Congratulations to Alumni Alice Walker in winning Bronze, Kata.

Both Alice & Ellie have continued their Aikido at University Clubs, Alice with Mo Mani (…in the background!!…)  at Nottingham and Ellie is at Manchester (see previous post of the club).

Alumni Ellie Hughes grades to 1st Kyu - Congratulations!

Ellie Hughes from Bromley is now studying at Manchester University and has started a club with Luke Simmons from Brighton – both working with Steve Evans.  She recently graded to 1st Kyu (though unaware of her grading!) and said ….weird grading without Sensei Chris Stamate giving ‘the look’!!

Check out their interview with Fuse TV :/

Randori Only Training

Randori only training will be this Thursday at Thomas Tallis Dojo, Kidbrooke Park.  7:30 – 9pm. 2nd Kyu and above. Cost is £5

Sport Aikido Session Sunday 9th Feb at Thomas Tallis Dojo

There will be a Sport Aikido Session running at Thomas Tallis Dojo on Sunday 9th Feb 2014 with others planned during the year (see dates below).

Sport Aikido Sessions are independent of all groups and have been set up, simply to get the best players and coaches on the same mat at the same time. They will help kyu grade and aspirant Aikidoka become better kata and randori players and enable Dan grades to practice and hone their skills, as well as helping the top players prepare for national and international competitions.

It is hoped that these sessions will also help build trust and relationships and enable Aikidoka to share the latest technical and tactical developments. There  will be a number of Embu (RNK, Goshin and Open) and Randori (Tanto, Kyoghi and Tai-sabaki) bouts for those who want to experiment and test their skills against players they don’t normally come against. It will also provide opportunities for those that want to learn/practice for judging, scorekeeping and referring. Training and support will be given on the day.

Everyone is invited to attend and everyone will be made welcome. No politics, no egos – just training, learning and great aikido.

A diverse and highly respected group of players will lead the various coaching sessions, these include;

Paul Bonett, Vanda Fairchild, Gitte Wolput, Jermaine Liburd, Jerome Chin-Aleong, Erik Dop, Paul Herbert, Natuley Smalle, Nicole Anson, Steve Evans, Dave Findlay, Tim Wolput, Shaun Hoddy, Ken Broome, Martin Livingston, Justin Gallagher, Michael McCavish, Scott Albright, Paul Wildish and Phil Newcombe.

Other coaches and top players within the UK and from the USA, Europe, Russia and Japan not on this list will also attend from time to time.

Format -
10.00 – 10.30 Dojo opens, registration and warming up
10.30 – 11.30 Embu coaching session for everyone on the mat
11.30 – 12.30 Embu competition practice – round robin format with flags and judges and an open mat – free practice
12.30 – 1.00 Lunch
1.00 – 2.00 Randori coaching session for everyone on the mat
2.00 – 3.00 Randori competition practice – round robin with flags, scores and referees and open mat – free practice

Minimum age is 18 and all aikidoka must have valid and up to date insurance and sign a register at the start of each session. The price of each session is £10. Everyone on the mat pays, no exceptions. Dates of the sessions:-

2014: 9th February, 30th March, 18th May, 6th July, 5th October
2015: 18th January, 8th March, 10th May, 14th June, 2th July

Please invite the people you teach and train with and encourage them to attend. Please join the Facebook group – Sport Aikido Sessions (if you have not done so already) and invite others who have not done so yet.   Any questions or queries whatsoever, please email

Shodokan Open 2014 Confirmed for Saturday 7th June 2014

This years Shodokan Open will be held on Saturday 7th June 2014 at The Thomas Tallis Dojo, Kidbrooke Park Road. The Shodokan Open competition is open to all Aikido practitioners from any organization.
At this years competition there are plans to have an increased number of events for kyu grades to enter and gain competition experience.
Please save this date in your diary! More details to follow soon.
Jon Gorf

New beginners course starts January 2014 at our Kidbrooke Park dojo

Have you ever thought of trying a martial art? If so then this is the ideal opportunity.

This specially designed 6 week course will start by explaining what Aikido is and how it differs from other martial arts that you may know.

Over the weeks you will be carefully guided through how to breakfall properly and the basic body movements that are unique to Aikido. Aikido is a martial art involving a wide range of techniques that can be used to throw or immobilise an opponent and it helps the practitioner to develop fitness, confidence,  improve balance and movement. Aikido is suitable for both men & women, as the principles rely on correct execution of the technique rather than brute strength.

Open to both men and women our beginners’ courses are held in a safe, well run environment. Our instructors hold BAB (British Aikido Board) instructor licences and insurance, they have all trained in Japan and are graded  to Japan Aikido Association (JAA) qualification. Our club is a member of Sport Aikido GB and is one of the oldest Shodokan Aikido Clubs in the UK.

Beginners courses are an excellent way to try Aikido. Our beginners courses last six weeks and covers all the basic elements. To reserve yourself a place, please contact Erik Dop (4th Dan JAA) by email or by phone on 0781 – 715 1584. In the meantime if you have any questions we would love to hear from you.

Please make sure you reserve your place in advance as these courses are very popular and are sometimes over subscribed.

Date: Thursday 23rd January 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm (please arrive at least 15 minutes early to register)
Venue: Thomas Tallis School, Kidbrooke Park Road, London, SE3 9PX.

Congratulations to everyone who graded at Greenwich this week.

Fredrick Johnson to 4th Kyu with a star
Jacob Johnson to 4th Kyu
Asher Waysome to 4th Kyu
Donell Waysome to 4th Kyu
Matthew Harris to 4th Kyu
Martin Richards to 4th Ky
Mark Shraga to 3rd Kyu with a star
Joe Farrow to 3rd Kyu with two stars
Chihiro Kawasaki  to 1st Kyu with two stars.

Tanseikan Juniors Funday - next weekend!

Club Tanseikan are hosting another Funday!   Open to all juniors and teenagers and comprises a number of teaching sessions, world class demonstrations, a mini competition (Embu, Tanto Tai-Sabaki, Hikitategeiko and Ninindori) plus Medals and Trophies and lots of fun and teams games.

Date : Saturday 5th October 2013
Time:  9.30 am – 3:00pm
Cost: £15 entry fee, sibling discount £10 per child per family).
Where: Seven Islands Leisure Centre, 100 Lower Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 2TU
Travel: There is ample free parking available (car park underneath the sports centre).  Nearest tube station is Canada Water (Jubilee Line).
Competition Entries:   Competition entries should be emailed to by 28th Sept.

The categories are; Embu (3 groups- group A kihon 1-5, group B Kihon 1-10, group C any 14 techniques).  Tanto Tai-Sabaki , Hikitategeiko (1 minute paired demos) and Ninindori. Any juniors without partners will be paired on the day.

Children must bring their membership book for signing and proof of insurance.  Please also bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinks (no fizzy or caffeinated drinks). Adults and family members are very welcome to watch and all adult Aikidoka will be made most welcome and can assist on the day. As ever the more the merrier!

Any questions – please call David on 07810 507 235 or Vanda on 07957 403 578 or Email