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History of Shudokan

The history of Shudokan Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). It is a self-defence system that emphasis’s circular movements to redirect an attack. The techniques include locks, holds and throws. Effective technique rather than strength make it ideally suited for all – young or old, male or female.

Morihei Ueshiba, or O’Sensei (meaning “Great Teacher”) studied a number of Martial Art systems and spiritual teachings. Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu, a school headed by Sokaku Takeda (1859-1943), is frequently quoted as having the most influence. O’Sensei used this and other systems to develop a unique Martial Art that has its roots in the traditions of Japan.

Many different styles of Aikido have been developed over the years. As O’Sensei developed Aikido he changed the emphasis of his teaching from hard direct techniques to more soft flowing movements. Many of the styles of Aikido around today have been developed by senior students of O’Sensei and emphasis differences in the way Aikido is taught.

Soke Thamby Rajah, the head of the Shudokan Institute of Aikido International, was an early student of Soke Gozo Shioda, founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. Soke Thamby Rajah also studied Judo under Sensei Mifune Kyuso, as well as Karate and Ju-jutsu under other top Japanese Instructors.

Shudokan, “The way of aiming for the ultimate”, is the name of Soke Thamby Rajah’s dojo in Seremban, Malaysia, a name given to him by Sensei Mifune. Shudokan Aikido was introduced to the UK by the late Soke Edwin Stratton who was one Soke Thamby Rajah’s first students. Today Shihan Ken Robson is the head of Shudokan Aikido and we are one of the most popular and effective styles of Aikido in the United Kingdom.

Spoken Meditation by Soke Stratton

“Let us clear our minds of all personal and mundane thoughts and let everything sink to the centre, that centre we know as the one point, Hara, the one point we know as the vital centre of all beings. Through our daily practice we must learn to hold fast to that centre, knowing that he who loses the centre lacks courage at important times. Let us say with Confucius, ‘If I have a conscious that is clear, then I may face an enemy ten-thousand strong.” Spoken mediation by Soke Edwin Stratton

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