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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. Stephen Whittaker (2nd Dan, Honbu)

Mr. Whittaker started on his martial arts path when he was a young boy, taking up Judo for self defence and exercise.

However he was looking for something less competitive and less aggressive, this took him many years to find. In 1996 he discovered Aikido after watching a demonstration and joined a local club in Leicester under Mrs. Jane Sabin Sensei. Due to some level of disability it took him many years to master the co-ordination, calmness of mind and skill needed to achieve his first aikido step. This was coupled with moving house and cities a number of times which lead to a few years without practice.

Eventually he came under the tutelage and guidance of Mr. Allan Rowley and started to progress through the ranks. As a dedicated aikidoka he would travel around the country to various courses and regularly visit other senior instructors such as Mr. Ian Mc Clarence, Mr. Stephen Parr, Mr. David Yates.

Mr. Whittaker has tended many seminars and national courses in and out of the B.A.F. and is a regular character at B.A.F. summer school where he often has deshi duties for senior sensei. He has studied under many notable aikido figures in England including the late Cottier Shihan, Kanetsuka Shihan, Holland Shihan, Mr. Mc Clarence, Mr. Morgan and many others.

Mr. Whittaker is an avid Japanophile, he is learning Japanese language and will readily impart information on Japan and its culture. He has a number of freinds and contacts around Japan.

In 2010 and 2013 he spent quite some time living in Tokyo, where he trained daily with the Aikikai Doshu and Waka Sensei and other of the worlds top aikido Shihan. He is good friends With Harakaze dojo and Sapporo Aikido dojo and has demonstrated at the "all Tokyo aikido demonstration" with his freind Mr. Isaka sensei and his dojo. He has had the pleasure of practicing at Iwama Dojo and visiting the Aikikai shrine. His most recent visit to japan was in may 2015 when he visited Honbu, Iwama and Sapporo Dojo.

Summer 2015 Mr Whittaker successfully completed his second degree black belt.

Mr. Whittaker had been soto-deshi to Mr. Rowley over many years until his retirement, and had assisted him with his childrens classes. After this he became a sensei in his own right when opening Kaishukan Dojo. As a scout leader he has done demonstrations and classes a and taster sessions in the Greater Manchester area.

RESUME
GRADE HISTORY   COURSES
GRADE VENUE DATE   COURSE NAME DATE CERTIFICATE NUMBER
START   08/1996   COACH LEVEL 1 05/08/10 BAB00384
ROKKYU MANCHESTER 12/2005   TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE 16/01/12 BAB003957
GOKYU CHESTER 08/2006   CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGAURDING 13/10/10 BAB003956
YONKYU CHESTER 07/2007        
SANKYU MANCHESTER 01/2008        
NIKYU CHESTER 11/2009        
IKKYU CHESTER 08/2010        
SHODAN CHESTER 08/2012        
NIDAN CHESTER 08/2015        
SANDAN            
YONDAN            
             
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