Musubi Newsletter January 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Birankai Europe Newsletter



Issue 2, January 2011



1 After 40 Years: London
2 Editorial
5 Why join Birankai?
6 Silent Heroes
6 2011 Course Calendar
7 Living with an Aikidoka
8 A Feminist view
9 'Aikido Widow'
11 Chiba Sensei's First Tel Aviv Seminar
10 Balance between Aikido and family
12 Integrating Aikido and family life
13 Saluting the 'Shadow Warriors'
14 Balancing Aikido family and work
15 Aikido thought
16 Pictorial review
18 Nairobi Aikikai
19 Shogaku Shugyo
20 First trip to Japan
24 New Birankai Shihan
24 In Memorium


Birankai Europe Musubi Summer 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Birankai Europe newsletter, Musubi Summer 2010 - now online.

Contents include:

  • Revamped Musubi
  • Inspiration in Musubi
  • Editorial
  • Dissolving BCE
  • Birankai Austria
  • Birankai France
  • Birankai Deutschland (Germany)
  • Hellenic Birankai
  • Birankai Israel
  • Birankai Polska (Poland)
  • Chiba Sensei in Europe
  • Birankai Portugal
  • Birankai CH (Switzerland)
  • British Birankai
  • Doshuʼs visit in Cardiff
Tamura Sensei PDF Print E-mail

It is with great sadness that we learned the news of Tamura Sensei's passing. The following email was received from Aikikai Hombu.



Dear Sir or Madam,

We are very sorry to inform you that Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei (77 years old) who was battling cancer has passed away last night on July 9th 2010 at 8 PM (French time).

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and his students.

Yours sincerely,

Mariko Takamizo
International Department
Aikikai Foundation




Shiun January 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Download the January 2010 issue of Shiun from here (7.6Mb). Find out what our continetal members have been doing.

Past issues are available for download.

Joe Curran Shihan, 6th dan so Hombu PDF Print E-mail

Joe Curran Sensei started Aikido in 1969 under the guidance of the late William ‘Slim’ Coyle Sensei, one of the early pioneers of Scottish Aikido.

In 1970 at Chiswick he met Chiba Sensei, 8th dan Shihan, the then Technical Director of the Aikikai of Great Britain, the former name of the British Aikido Federation. Joe Curran Sensei was awarded Shodan by Chiba Sensei in 1976 and was later awarded Fukushidoin by him.

Having moved to Newcastle upon Tyne Curran Sensei co-founded the Seishinkan Dojo. On moving house to the East Midlands Curran Sensei resigned from the British Aikido Federation and joined the United Kingdom Aikikai. Later in conjunction with a group of Chiba Sensei’s senior students Curran Sensei co-founded the British Aikikai, now known as British Birankai.

Returning to the north east of England Curran Sensei started the Sakumeikan dojo at the University of Northumbria where he was Aikido instructor before moving to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he is currently the resident Aikido instructor.

In 1997 Curran Sensei was awarded Shidoin teaching certification by Chiba Sensei and was appointed to the British Birankai Teaching Committee. In 1999 he was appointed Chairman of British Aikikai, now British Birankai, a position he held for a period of seven years.

Curran Sensei’s Aikido training has included time spent as an uchideshi at San Diego Aikikai. He attended the International Aikido Federation Third Convention held in 1980 in Paris and has attended seminars with many well-known Japanese Shihan. He has taught Aikido in the USA, France, Spain, Holland and he conducted the 1st Tunisian International Summer School in 2005.

Curran Sensei received his 6th dan from Chiba Sensei in 2004. At the Birankai Europe Aikido Summer School 2012 in Worcester he was promoted to Shihan by Chiba Sensei.

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