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  • Exploring the teachers' mindset
  • Editorial
  • An uchideshi's experience
  • Definition of a healthy dojo
  • Joe Curran on his Shihan promotion
  • Notice-board


At the BE Second Summer School held in Worcester, UK in July 2012 Chiba Sensei announced that Birankai France has been the latest organization to be granted Aikikai Hombu full recognition in line with the other Birankai organizations in Europe. Chiba Sensei has been working tirelessly over the years to realize this objective for all the organizations in Birankai International.

He was also pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Curran, British Birankai, to Shihan status. Joe Curran met Chiba Sensei in the early 70s and in his article, on page 7, he talks about the special relationship and esteem he holds for Sensei.

The 2012 BE summer school closed on Friday 27 July, the day of the Opening ceremony for the London Olympic Games. It was a busy time in England and this was also reflected in the countries of the students who attended the summer school. There were 167 participants from Austria, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and, of course, the UK who all joined in the classes conducted by Chiba Sensei and Miyamoto Sensei from Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, assisted by the BE Shihans and Shidoins.

The BE Third Summer School will be held again in Worcester on 27 July to 2 August 2013. Participants at the BE Summer School in 2011 will be pleased to learn that Shihan Etsuji Horii 7th Dan from Aikido Kobe Sanda Dojo, Japan has again accepted our invitation to attend.

Last summer, Chiba Sensei agreed in principle to the addition of a teachers’ course within the summer school programme. This is open to all Birankai certified teachers as well as Head of Dojos with a minimum rank of Shodan. It will be held this year before the start of summer school on Friday 26th to Saturday 27 July and replaces the separate course held annually - the last being in Edenkoben, Germany.

This arrangement will benefit our membership as there will be more senior members participating and the expenses will be limited to an extra day of intensive instruction and accomodation. Further information will be provided when the summer school details are published.

On behalf of the BE Shihankai I thank you all for your support, hard work and loyalty and we look forward to working with you for the benefit of Birankai Europe in 2013.

Dee Chen

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January 2012


  • Transmission - Part III
  • Editorial
  • Sacred trust
  • Armoury of the teacher
  • Finding your own way
  • An iron dIscipline
  • Longtime training
  • Understanding cultural background
  • A healthy dojo
  • Training with injuries
  • Aikido and Omotokyo
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Japan Tsunami Fund
  • Jenny Curran
  • Promotions



In 2011 we continued to work towards developing a stronger and more unified and efficient European body.

The First Birankai Europe Summer School 2011 with Shihan TK Chiba 8th Dan and Shihan Etsuji Horii 7th Dan, Aikido Kobe Sanda Dojo, Kobe, Japan, was hosted by British Birankai and held in August in Worcester, UK. Chiba Sensei has directed that the annual Birankai Europe Summer School be held in the UK for two more years.

Since July 2010, we have amalgamated the two newsletters Shiun and Musubi to produce a united Birankai Europe Musubi. Our present project to update the Continental Europe website to reflect this new cohesive European body is in progress.

Our thanks to Jenny Curran as she completes her stint of recording for posterity all BB summer schools since 1997. She has mentioned that she enjoyed being a part of the summer schools and she will sorely miss the camaraderie and all the friendships she has nurtured over the years.

On behalf of Birankai Europe Shihankai I would like to thank all members for their support and loyalty over the years and we look forward to working together in 2012.

Have a Happy New Year.
Dee Chen


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Issue 3, July 2011



  • Banish Fear
  • Editorial
  • Anterior Knee Pain
  • Spatial Awareness and Understanding
  • Fear, Caution and Perservance
  • Aikido and Zen
  • ʻA Man Standing on a Rainbowʼ
  • Warwick Aikido Club Fund-raising Course
  • Promotions



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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


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