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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. Kenneth Cottier Shihan (7th dan, Hombu) (1933-2008)

Mr. Cottier started on his aikido career path in his late 20's in 1962 under the guidance of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. It was Abbe sensei who wrote him a recommendation to train in Tokyo, A few years later, at the Hombu Aikikai Dojo under Master Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido. Here he was an Uchi-Deshi up until the founders death.

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In 1971 he was asked to bring Aikido to Hong Kong and founded the Hong Kong Aikido Association, of which he became President. For many years Mr. Cottier commuted between Hong Kong and the U.K. and to many other countries teaching Aikido. Notably he taught at B.A.F. summer schools and courses over the many years. In his latter years he would visit Mr. Rowley dojo to celebrate his birthday and share his aikido. For many years he was a big influence for the U.K. and other countries alike serving in the International Aikido Federation (I.A.F.), his first appointment being as a member of the Senior Council and later of its Directing Committee.

In 1999 he returned to the U.K. permanently and became a Senior Member of the B.A.F. National Committee. In 2002 he received the honour of becoming a Shihan from Hombu. then In 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Nanadan by the Hombu Aikikai.

Unfortunately within a year of this Mr. Cottier lost his long battle against cancer and died in the summer of 2008.

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Those who knew Mr. Cottier regarded him as a gentleman, a scholar and the greatest elder statesman of British Aikido.

He was always kind and patient to beginners expressing a great interest in training with them "saying it is a seniors responsibility to practice with beginners".

He delighted in practicing and teaching everybody regardless of their abilities. All who met him would say what an honour it was to train under him He is very dearly missed.

The following Photographs are from the April 2007  Celebration course for Cottier Shihan at Wagokan Dojo.

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