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Old 03-12-2011, 07:46 AM   #3
Dojo: Sakumeikan N.E. Aikkai .Newcastle upon Tyne.
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,266
United Kingdom
Re: Who brought the Saito a.k.a. Iwama lineage to Europe?

Chiba Sensei invited Saito Sensei to the U.K. in the early 70s. The object of this was to further expose weapons work to the U.K. At that time Saito Sensei had written the introductory Vol1/2/3 of his excellent books which contained weapon training.
Both Tomita Sensei and Bruce Klickstein Sensei also travelled with Saito Sensei in the U.K.
My own original teacher, Mr Coyle, in the 70s was also instrumental in introducing Saito Sensei type weaponry in Scotland.
At present I believe there is an Iwama style dojo in Edinburgh.
In North Africa I had the pleasure of training with Iwama students from Algeria led by Hasseine Mohamed el Hadi Sensei
who attended the Ist Tunisian Summer School in Sousse.
Cheers, Joe.
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