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Old 09-17-2003, 06:20 AM   #26
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Reza Kauzar (sanosuke) wrote:
why not? but I haven't heard any 5th dan woman graded by Hombu Dojo.
Mutsuki Minegishi sensei 6th dan aikikai, currently head of aikido of Guam and Saipan. There's one for you. ooops off topic!

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Old 09-17-2003, 09:00 AM   #27
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I only know of two official british Aikikai Shihan in the UK (both of whom have a certificate of Shihan from Hombu Dojo)

They are:

Mr. Ken Cottier 6th Dan

and Mr. William Smith MBE 6th Dan

However I have met a lot of "Shihan" over the years.
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Old 09-17-2003, 10:05 AM   #28
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I only know of two official british Aikikai Shihan in the UK (both of whom have a certificate of Shihan from Hombu Dojo)They are:

Mr. Ken Cottier 6th Dan

and Mr. William Smith MBE 6th Dan

Do you know which Dojo's they teach at by any chance?

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Old 09-17-2003, 12:24 PM   #29
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You can look up both of these fine teachers on the British Aikido Board website. BTW Mr Smith also has an O.B.E. for his services to the martial arts. I have trained under him on seminars at our club and he is an awesome teacher with a mean line in atemi. Nice man too.

Have fun.

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Old 09-18-2003, 06:37 AM   #30
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Hi Steven,

Mr. Smith (UK Aikikai) teaches in Cradley, the dojo website is here - http://www.renshinkan.co.uk/

Mr. Cottier is (or was) the chief instructor for the Hong Kong Aikido Association however I think he may now be linked to the British Aikido Federation although I can see no mention of him on their site - http://www.bafonline.org.uk/ perhaps he links with them whilst he is over here in the UK?

Jim, I think Mr. Smith was awarded with M.B.E not the O.B.E.

Best Regards,
John

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Old 09-18-2003, 07:53 AM   #31
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Mr. Smith does indeed teach at Ren Shin Kan Old Hill West Midlands UK.

The dojo is open 7 days a week and all are welcome no matter what style.

If people want an extended stay contact the dojo beforehand and bring a sleeping bag.

P.S. Mr. Smith was awarded the MBE for his services to Aikido.
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Old 09-18-2003, 08:36 AM   #32
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Sorry guys, I really should have checked. It was the MBE. Please accept my apologies.

Jim.

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