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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Aikido Doshu to Visit the UK PDF Print E-mail
British Birankai are proud to announce the visit to the UK by Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the founder of Aikido in June 2010. We are delighted that Waka sensei Ueshiba Mitsuteru and a Hombu dojo shihan will be joining Doshu for this event. A course will be held in Cardiff, South Wales with all three giving instruction.

A new website has been set up for this momentous occasion - book now! Click here to go to the website. Please note that all bookings have to be made in advance via the website and no bookings will be possible at the venue.

From the website:

"We are delighted and honoured that Doshu, Ueshiba Moriteru, has accepted an invitation from the British Aikido Federation, the Scottish Aikido Federation, the United Kingdom Aikikai, British Birankai and the Komyokan Aikido Association to visit and teach in the UK. The seminar will be held from Friday 18th June 2010 to Sunday 20th June 2010 at the Welsh Institute for Sport, Cardiff, South Wales."
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