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May 18th 2022
First Doshu Yoshigasaki Memorial Seminar

Doshu Yoshigasaki First Memorial Seminar took place last weekend. This was the first opportunity where Doshu’s four highest grades, Shihan Peloni, Shihan Volpe, Shihan Maule, and Shihan Burgess, who are all Ninth Dans, taught together in the same seminar. They were supported by a few younger teachers who were also given a chance to teach to an audience of over a hundred participants.

The seminar was very well received. Having a wide range of teachers allowed everyone to experience very international teaching, which although varied, all built upon the teachings of Doshu Yoshigasaki.

Shihan Maule and the students of Dojo Ronin Ki Aikido Novara were excellent hosts and made everyone welcome. 

An interview (in Italian) with Shihan Bruno Maule can be seen here:

April 5th 2022
First Doshu Yoshigasaki Memorial Seminar

The revised details of the first Doshu Yoshigasaki Memorial seminar in May have been announced. The instructors include shihan Philip Burgess and sensei Jayesh Karadia from the British Ki Society.

April 5th 2022

The Future of Aikido

Following the death of Doshu Yoshigasaki, Aikido Dojos have to decide how they wish to carry on his legacy in the future. Shihan Philip Burgess and Shihan Bruno Maule were both appointed 9th Dan by Doshu Yoshigasaki. They have released the following joint statement:

“Aikido as ‘Art of Life’ is an activity to make one’s life as an art. The whole activity of one’s life must become an art. You must try to understand your own imagination at each moment by knowing what you are doing. Aikido training must help develop this ability.”

Doshu Yoshigasaki

1) Ki-Aikido is a Martial Art. Both the martial and the art aspects of the practice must be respected and considered of equal importance.

2) As with any art, establishing a school provides a solid foundation where the practitioners can develop through the teacher-student relationship. This is reflected in Japanese culture where a hierarchy is fundamental, experience is valued and a lineage can be established. This ensures not only that high quality will be maintained but also that we can improve and progress with each generation as there is a structured transmission of skill.

 3) We do respect and want to build relationships with the other clubs that would like to keep a more European structure. It is essential to encourage exchanges, through shared seminars where we work together.  We are open to assisting any other clubs as it is important that nobody is left isolated. By creating a strong collaboration we can ensure Ki Aikido has a future.

March 13th 2022
Two promotions were announced today by Shihan Burgess:

Sensei Kevin Towers (Coventry Ki Society) has been promoted to Godan (5th Dan)
Sensei Mike Hayes (Burton Ki Society) has been promoted to Rokudan (6th Dan).

These grades were awarded by Shihan Burgess and endorsed by Shihan Maule.   Shihan Burgess and Shihan Maule are both Kudan (Ninth Dan), the highest grade awarded by Doshu Yoshigsasaki and two of his appointed examiners.
We congratulate Kevin and Mike on their promotions.

January 26th 2022
Aikido seminar in Italy on 29th April – 1 May 2022.
Please note this is not the re-scheduled memorial seminar for Doshu Yoshigasaki.

January 12th 2022
First Doshu Memorial Seminar Postponed
Due to the worsening COVID 19 situation the seminar has been postponed until 13th, 14th and 15th May 2022. further details will be announced nearer the date.

January 2022
First Doshu Memorial Seminar announced
The first seminar held in memory of the late Doshu Yoshigasaki will be held in Novara, Italy. Classes will be taken by the four Ninth Dans, including Shihan Burgess, and a number of other instructors, including Sensei Karadia from the UK. Details can be found here.

November 2021
Grading Seminar at Alness Dojo
A grading seminar was taken by Sensei Burgess at the Alness dojo on the 21st November. Gradings were passed by the following students:

Graham Bull awarded Jokyu
Duncan Henderson awarded Okuden
Nicolette Austin awarded Nidan (2nd Dan Aikido)
Malcolm Aldridge awarded Nidan (2nd Dan Aikido)

We offer our congratulations to these students for their well-deserved achievements.

August 2021
Sensei Jayesh Karadia awarded 5th Dan
Sensei Jayesh Karadia, senior instructor at the London Ki society, was presented with his Godan (5th Dan) certificate by Shihan Burgess at the Coventry Ki Society Dojo. Sensei Karadia was promoted to 5th Dan by Doshu Yoshigasaki in the New year, when such promotions are traditionally made.

Sensei Burgess presents his certificate to Sensei Karadia

January 2021
Shihan Burgess awarded 9th Dan
Shihan Philip Burgess was awarded the rank of Kudan (9th Dan) in Aikido by the late Doshu Yoshigasaki in the New Year. The award was made in 2021 but only made public after Doshu’s death. Shihan Burgess is the Chief Instructor and Secretary of the British Ki Society. The photo shows Sensei Burgess together with Sensei Jayesh Karadia at the Coventry Dojo. We congratulate Sensei Burgess on his achievements in Aikido.

Sensei Burgess (right) and Sensei Karadia (left)