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WELCOME TO

KAISHUKAN AIKIDO DOJO

A Member Of

THE BRITISH AIKIDO FEDERATION

Under The Direction Of

Kanestuka Shihan (8th Dan Hombu)

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Mr. Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan (8th dan, Hombu)

 

Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan was Born in Tokyo in 1939, and took up Aikido while at university (1957-1961), under Gozo Shioda Shihan and Masatake Fujita Shihan. In 1964 he travelled to India and then to Nepal, where he spent 6 years during which he taught Aikido to bodyguards attached to the royal household. On leaving Nepal he spent some time in Calcutta, where he taught self-defence at a police training school.

In 1971 he moved to Britain, becoming the assistant of Kazuo Chiba Shihan, who was at that time the Technical Director of the Aikikai ofGreat Britain (later to be renamed the British Aikido Federation). When Chiba Sensei left Britain in 1976 Kanetsuka Sensei became the Technical Director of the British Aikido Federation, and as such was delegated responsibility from the Honbu Aikikai Foundation for developing Aikido in the U.K. His Dojo, Ryushinkan, is in London

 

"There is no doubt that Kanetsuka Sensei's teaching is highly individual, though this individuality does not stem from a desire to depart from main-line Aikido so much as upon his insistence on mastering basic, orthodox Aikido principles. His emphasis is always on controlling one's partner (i.e. attacker, with the minimum of physical force, from the very first moment of contact to final submission.

For his sensitive Aikido he emphasizes the need for a flexible body and over the years he has acquired a flexibility that is the envy of many students much younger than he".

Written by: Peter Megann

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