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