2018 Martial Arts Stage

Tetsushinkan Dojo / 鉄心館道場

Tetsushinkan is an Aikido dojo in Islington where taijitsu – empty-handed techniques – are integrated and studied together with kenjutsu – traditional Japanese sword techniques. Paul Smith, Head of Tetsushinkan Dojo, has over the last twenty years been studying with Inaba Sensei, previous Head of The Shiseikan Budojo at Meiji Jingu, in Tokyo. www.tetsushinkan.co.uk

Wakaba Kendo Club / 若葉剣道クラブ

Founded in 1993, Wakaba Kendo Club is the largest children’s kendo dojo in London, with about 40 registered students aged between five and eighteen years. In Japanese, Wakaba means ‛new shoots’ of a plant or tree and careful cultivation of the young student’s development requires dedicated, experienced and qualified instructors. Further details can be found from the club’s website: www.wakabakendo.org

London Kyudo Society / ロンドン弓道ソサエティ

The London Kyudo Society meets every Sunday afternoon to train and practise. Our membership is a varied group, including absolute beginners and graded practitioners. We are members of the European Kyudo Federation and International Kyudo Federation and take part in international seminars, examination and competitions. For more information, visit www.lks.kyudo.org.uk.

London Aikikai ロンドン合気会

Aikido is a modern martial art rooted in ancient martial and spiritual disciplines. Hallmarks of Aikido include unbalancing the opponent, flowing and expansive movement, holds, locks and throws and coordination of mind and body. London Aikikai was founded in 1968 by T K Chiba 8th Dan and is one of the main Aikido dojos in London. It is officially recognised by Aikido World headquarters and has high ranking instructors led by Davinder Bath Sensei 6th Dan. www.londonaikikai.com

Okinawan Traditional Goju-ryu Karate-do / 沖縄剛柔流空手道

Japanese karate originated in the southern islands of Okinawa and the aim of the association is the transmission of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do as taught by the founder Miyagi Chojun Bushi (1888–1953). Under the guidance of Master Higaonna Morio 10th Dan, members feel privileged to train in Okinawa and around Europe annually. Sensei George Andrews 8th Dan IOGKF has been training for 45 years and teaches not only in this country but around the world. www.otgka.co.uk

Judo with the Budokwai / 武道会柔道

The Budokwai is the oldest and most well-known Japanese martial arts club in Europe, established in London in 1918 by Gunji Koizumi. Some of the most distinguished figures in the history of judo have trained or taught at the Budokwai including many Olympic medallists. www.budokwai.co.uk