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Soke Stratton Memorial day – 12 March 2011

Soke Stratton

This years memorial training will be held at Sensei Mussons dojo at Riverside Way, NG2 1DP.

The training will run from 13.00 – 1700. Sensei Ken Robson will be the senior instructor teaching. The cost is £10.00 and all proceeds will go to Soke Strattons family. Please do what you can to attend and contribue, we would not be where we are today had it not been for Soke Stratton.

Edwin William James Stratton (July 17, 1936 – March 9, 2000) was a British aikido teacher and the founder of Yoshinkan UK, and the Shudokan Institute of Aikido International.

Short History

Eddie Stratton had a long history in the martial arts.  Having trained and taught in numerous countries around the world, teaching martial artists, police and military personnel.  Having learnt from great masters and developed his martial arts to become a great master himself.

His first introduction to martial training was when his father bought him a pair of boxing gloves at the age of 9, and his first introduction to the ring was a roped off area in his ck garden when he and his friends would have friendly matches – they usually ended up as a free-for-all and bloody noses were order of the day! Later he was trained by George Pine of Dartford in Kent, who received the MBE for his devotion to amateur boxing.  The highlights of this time were becoming the Southern Area Lightweight Champion, and boxing on the same bill as Dave Charnly (who became British, European and Empire Lightweight Cham pion) and a young heavyweight amateur champion named Henry Cooper. 

At 19 he found himself in Malaysia where he met Thamby Rajah Sensei.  After watching Thamby Sensei, he thought that as a boxer he could easily overcome him.

 He was amazed at how this slight man handled and controlled him.  Of course, he did not know that Thamby Sensei  was a student of the great judo masters Ichijama and Kyuzo Mifune, and the great aikido master Kancho Gozo Shioda.

At this point he began taking instruction in aikido directly from Master Thamby Rajah and on his return from Malaysia, he introduced Yoshinkan aikido for the first time to Great Britain in the early 1960’s.

He travelled to Japan and trained under Kancho Gozo Shioda.  Later, Kancho came to England and stayed with Stratton.

In 1998, after one of  Sensei Thamby Rajah’s visits to the UK, Stratton Sensei received his 9th Dan in aikido.

 He died on the 9th March 2000 after a long fight against cancer.

Some old TV footage

To Book contact Sensei Phil Musson 0115 9862762 or Shudokan Black Belt Academy Nottingham 0115 9856504

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