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Tony Cassells Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai PDF Print E-mail

Tony Cassells Sensei started Aikido in 1972 at the BAI under the instructor Mr Ralph Reynolds, continuing to practise there until 1975 before moving to the Dojo at East Birmingham Hospital. In 1976 he gained Shodan and became a member of the West Midlands Aikikai which at that time was affiliated to the British Aikido Federation (BAF) with its chief instructor Kanetsuka Sensei.

In 1980 and 1984 Tony Cassells attended world congress’ in Paris and Japan respectively. In 1984 he had the opportunity to travel round the world practicing at many dojos. He trained at the YMCA in Hong Kong, Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan, Hawaii and San Diego where he trained with Chiba Sensei.

On his return to England he was awarded Fukushidoin and was instrumental in the formation of the United Kingdom Aikikai (UKA). At the end of 1995 Tony Cassells was awarded Godan and became one of the founding fathers of the British Aikikai (BA), later to be renamed British Birankai. He is now a member of the British Birankai Senior Council.

In 1996 Tony Cassells was asked by T K Chiba Shihan to set up Tessokai institute of Great Britain to further the study of Iai Batto ho in this country. He served as the General Secretary of this organisation until 2004.

In 2001 he was promoted to Rokudan by Chiba Sensei at Warminster Summer School.

In 2003 he started working with a group of Austrian students who invited him to teach at their dojo, then inviting him to be their teacher. Since then a strong bond has formed between them and Tony Cassells has been teaching Spring, Summer and Autumn Courses in Austria each year.

Tony Cassells Sensei was promoted to 7th Dan by Aikikai Aikido World Headquarters at the Kagami Biraki celebrations on 14th January 2018.

In 2005 he was promoted to Shihan by Chiba Sensei, and On 17 November 2006 Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba presented him with Aikikai Shihan certificate at a ceremony held at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Tony Cassells Shihan lives in Birmingham and teaches at Ei Oh Kan Dojo.


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Chris Mooney Shihan, 7th Dan so Hombu PDF Print E-mail

Chris Mooney Sensei began his training in 1973 under Ralph Reynolds Sensei at the Birmingham Athletic Institute. In time, he became a student of William Smith Shihan, and in turn, T.K. Chiba Shihan, who now serves as Technical Director of the British Birankai.

Mooney Sensei first began teaching at Aston University in 1981. In the mid-1980's, he established a dojo in Bearwood, Birmingham. By 1994, the dojo had relocated to Digbeth, Birmingham. At that time, Chiba Sensei gave Mooney Sensei's dojo the name that it bears today: Ei Mei Kan, "the House of England's Light". Ei Mei Kan is now located in Northfield, Birmingham.

 

Over the course of his Aikido career, Mooney Sensei has travelled widely. He has taught throughout Europe and beyond; Greece, Israel, Switzerland and other countries. In 2005, on the tenth anniversary of the formation of the British Aikikai, Chiba Sensei awarded Mooney Sensei the title of Shihan. On 17 November 2006 Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba presented Aikikai Shihan certificate to Chris Mooney Sensei at a ceremony held at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.

Chris Mooney Sensei is a member of British Birankai Shihankai, overseeing the work of the Teaching Committee and the cultivation of the next generation of Aikido teachers. He is also a founding member of the European Birankai International Shihankai, the group of European Shihan responsible for the continuation of Chiba Sensei's teachings in Europe.

Mooney Sensei continues to teach at the Ei Mei Kan, its satellite dojos, and at national and international courses through the British Aikikai and Birankai International.

Chris Mooney Sensei was promoted to 7th Dan by Aikikai Aikido World Headquarters at the Kagami Biraki celebrations on 14th January 2018.

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British Birankai Shihankai are internationally recognised. Click on a photo or name to see a detailed profile.

Dee Chen Tony Cassells Chris Mooney  
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Joe Curran

     
 
Traditional Aikido Dojos PDF Print E-mail
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Central England
Cocksmoors Woods (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Cocksmoor Woods Leisure Centre, Alcester Rd South, Birmingham, West Midlands B14 6ER (Map)
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (6th Dan Shidoin)
0121 459 8830 OR 07754480805
Ei Mei Kan (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Barnt Green Road, Cofton Hackett, Birmingham, B45 8NB (Map)
Chris Mooney (7th Dan Shihan)
07932 666 801
Ei Oh Kan (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
South Yardley Methodist Church, Broadyates Road, Birmingham B25 8JF (by The Swan Island) (Map)
Tony Cassells (7th Dan Shihan)
0121 707 4197
Ji Myo Kan (Website)( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Ledbury Leisure Centre, Mabels Furlong, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2HF (Map)
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (4th Dan Shidoin)
01531 631352 / 0845 2412579
Mei Jyu Kan (Albrighton and Wolverhampton Aikido Club) (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Albrighton: The Den, Shaw Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV6 3DT (Map)
Shifnal: Idsall School Gym, Coppice Green Lane, Shifnal TF11 8PD
Wolverhampton: Newbridge Preparatory School, Newbridge Crescent, Wolverhampton WV6 0LH
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0774 280 0116
Tudor Grange (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Tudor Grange Sports Centre, Tudor Grange Park, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, Birmingham B91 1NB (Map)
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0775 971 1370
Eastern England
Meishokan (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Comberton Sports and Arts, Comberton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7DU (Map)
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01223 841869
London
London Aikikai - Traditional Aikido in London (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
300 Harrow Road, London W2 5HG (Map)
Dee Chen (6th Dan Shihan) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (6th Dan Shidoin)
Contact Davinder Bath: +44 (0)7736 771076
London East Aikikai (Gen Pu Kan) (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
The Village Drop In, West Avenue, London, E17 9QY
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07838 387057
North East England
Ju Shin Kan (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
C/O Tatters, Rear Yarm Street, Yarm Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3DR (Map)
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07754 663678
Rainbow Aikido Club (Facebook Page) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Thornaby Pavilion, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS17 9EW (Map)
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01642 318 038
Sakumei Kan ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Kings Walk, Main Gym, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Map)
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0191 237 2908
 
North West England
 
South Manchester Aikido (Website) This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sale Scout Hut, Woodbourne Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 3TQ
Kevin Hudson (4th Dan Shidoin)
Fit City Cadishead, Lords Street, Cadishead, Salford M44 5EH
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07982 452909
 
South West England
 
Shoyukan (Website) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
The Budokan/Backwell Judo Club, off Rodney Road, BS48 3H (Map)
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01275 859216

 

 
British Birankai (British Aikikai) Instructors PDF Print E-mail

Certified Instructors

Shihankai:

Dee Chen, 6th dan
Tony Cassells, 7th Dan
Chris Mooney
, 7th dan
Joe Curran, 6th dan

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Certified instructors, the senior instructors within British Birankai, are qualified to teach at national and international level. As well as certified instructors there are many experienced instructors qualified to teach at dojo level.

 
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