Hungary 10th Anniversary Seminar 2006

August 27th, 2006

Lovely course, lovely dojo and lovely people.
Great fun and no shortage of training partners!
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New Mats, New Mats!

December 1st, 2005

Now even more ‘fully matted’ than before! The London dojo has been completely rematted, with that unmistakeable new mat aroma. The first chance to practice on the new mats (other than Barney’s sneaky forward breakfall after we laid them) is on Tuesday 13th December – they’ll never be this new again! So soft you’ll wish we did zagi practice non-stop.

But seriously, this is excellent news. A photo for those with mat (not Matt) fetishes!
New mats

Open Course and Grading News

November 19th, 2005

On his most recent visit to Japan, Jeff took his Nidan grading at Hombu Dojo with Aikido Kobayahi Dojos. No mean achievement. We even have Justin as a gaijin witness!

Saturday Open Course at the London Dojo for November.
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Justin in Japan

September 26th, 2005

Justin Marchant heads off to Japan to begin 3 months as an Uchi Deshi in Aikido Kobayashi Dojo’s Japan.To follow his exploits tune into his blog (be warned – it’s explicit!).

Various Hiroaki Courses

August 27th, 2005

Photos from various Hiroaki courses from 1999 to 2005.
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Aikido Kobayashi Dojo’s Seminar, London

June 26th, 2005

Our Annual International Aikido Kobayashi Dojo’s Seminar concluded successfully in London.

Another highly enjoyable (and tiring) seminar by Hiroaki Sensei. Unfortunately, so much fun that no one wanted to take pictures. We only seem to have this one from the end!

First Yudansha Grading as part of Aikido Kobayashi Dojos

June 26th, 2003

The first Yudansha Grading as part of Aikido Kobayashi Dojos was held, successfully concluding our annual international seminar.

Congratulations to all involved! Everyone passed!

  • Nidan : Mathew Riley
  • Shodan : Dewinder Bachu, Mark Diacopoulos, Jeff Mills, John Philips, George Smith, Barney Wilkinson.

Many thanks to the guys from Iceland for adding to the seminar.

We’ve moved!

March 26th, 2003

We are now at the Finsbury Leisure Centre near Old Street.

The new dojo is fully matted and we now have 3 nights practice per week, in one central location. The full address is the Finsbury Leisure Centre, Iron Monger Row, London EC1V 3PU.

Welcome To The Open Aikido Association, London

September 26th, 2002

The OAA is a traditional aikido association. Founded in 1990, and UK representatives of Aikido Kobayashi Dojos, Japan from 2002 to 2014, we are now affiliated with the Yokohama International Aikido club, under the supervision of Mimuro Atsushi Shihan, 7th dan.
We follow the Aikikai syllabus and style – combining fun with good, hard practice.

Our yudansha gradings are held under the direction of Mimuro sensei.

We hold regular international seminars and welcome visiting aikidoka from all around the world and from many styles.

OAA appointed as official UK representatives of Aikido Kobayashi Dojos, Japan

March 26th, 2002

Following our 2002 International Seminar, the OAA were offered the opportunity to become Aikido Kobayashi Dojos’ official UK representatives. This is a great honour for everyone in the OAA and a very important step for us.

Following our Annual International Seminar in 2002 given by Kobayashi Hiroaki Sensei, 6th Dan, we were honoured to be officially appointed as the UK representatives of Aikido Kobayashi Dojos, Japan. This confirmed years of work and practice by the OAA to build strong links with Kobayashi Dojos and traditional aikido in Japan as we developed our own aikido.

Aikido Kobayashi Dojos was founded by Kobayashi Yasuo Shihan, 8th Dan, in 1969 and has grown into an international organisation with over 120 affiliated and directly run dojos in Japan and abroad – spanning 15 countries and regularly sending instructors to hold seminars and gradings there.

Shihan Kobayashi began his training in 1954 and, as an uchideshi in Hombu dojo, received direct instruction from the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, as well as his senior instructors and students (more information about Shihan Kobayashi’s aikido career and Kobayashi Dojos can be found here).

This is a very important step for the OAA and all our students. It means we become part of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo’s extended family, receiving direct instruction and recognition from Japan. Going forward all our Dan gradings will be under the direction of Hiroaki Sensei and will be officially recognised in Hombu Dojo. Our first Yudansha grading as part of Aikido Kobyashi Dojos took place in June 2003 and students from our dojo have now taken part in the uchideshi program in Japan. This a strong and vital link in the OAA’s future and benefits our students greatly. And it’s fun!

Congratulations and thanks are due to everyone in the OAA and Aikido Kobayashi Dojos for making this happen.

Chris Diacopoulos, Chief Instructor Open Aikido Association.