"First of all,
sometimes through fear, we learn Aikido, so we can defend, fight and
defeat powerful opponents.
mastery of Aikido and discarding our fears and ego, in this place exists
love without limits."
"Misschien hebben we aikido geleerd omdat we bang
waren om het gevecht te
tegen sterke tegenstanders. Wanneer we na een tijd aikidomeesterschap
hebben verworven, angsten en ego hebben opzijgezet......dan
zullen wij de plaats vinden waar liefde bestaat zonder
"En primer lugar, a veces a través
del miedo, nos enteramos de Aikido, para que podamos defender, luchar y
derrotar a los oponentes poderosos.
Después de conseguir el dominio del
Aikido y desechando nuestros miedos y el ego, en este lugar existe el
amor sin límites."
"Tout d'abord, parfois par la peur,
nous apprenons l'Aïkido, afin que nous puissions défendre, combattre
et vaincre des adversaires puissants.
Après avoir obtenu la maîtrise de l'aïkido
et le rejet de nos peurs et de l'ego, dans ce lieu existe amour sans
of Harmony and Love
Senta Yamada Sensei
first came over to the UK in 1959 to establish a Martial Arts Centre to
teach Judo and subsequently Aikido.
intention, however, when he first opened the dojo, was not just to teach
martial arts to people in the UK but to improve the world around us,
especially those who were suffering and in very poor circumstances.
He has always
believed that teaching the right mind through the martial arts, and
train people from the young age will help change the world for the
better and help those people in need.
entire lifetime, Yamada sensei always worked hard to achieve this goal.
This group, "Aikido Aid", has been formed by his friends and
students who wish to carry on his aspiration.
Jita Kyoei and
Where did Yamada
Sensei's energy all come from? In his mind, all this is based on the
principle of :
Jita Kyoei -
mutual welfare and prosperity
- to strive to make the maximum efficient use of one's energy
Kano Jigoro Shihan
Kano Jigoro Shihan, the Father of Judo,
also advocated this principle. What Kano Shihan wished to teach was not
just good martial art techniques but also how to improve peoples mind
and body through training and practising good Judo. He wished that his
students would become capable of being useful in the community, gain the
ability to return benefit and contribute to the society. The idea of
Jita kyoei is to benefit not only to oneself but also to others and to
build a society for everyone. If one is capable of understanding other
people's circumstances and becoming considerate and helpful to others,
this will lead to a mutual trust. Therefore, when
one attains the real meaning of Kano Shihan's preaching, they will find
the maximum satisfaction when they have done something to benefit the
others and society.
What can we do for
our next generation?
An ultimate goal is the
friendship between countries, peace in the world and mutual trust
between them. The technological and industrial development could not
have been possible without our predecessors efforts. Nothing in this
world has been coincidental or happened naturally. We must bear this in
mind and think about what we can do for our children and grandchildren
to live in a wonderful world.
Yamada Sensei's wish
was that his work would not end after Sri Lanka but his goal was to
spread this idea to the entire world.
SENSEI MEMORIAL SEMINAR - "AIKIDO FOR PEACE"
passing of, Senta Yamada Sensei, who died at 5pm on the 8th August
2010, after battling with Pancreatic Cancer. His daughter, Tomiko, was
at his bedside, lovingly nursing him throughout his illness. He was 86
years old. John & Pepi Waite, Peter Martin and Adrian Walters,
managed to visit Yamada sensei a few times during their visit to
Fukuoka and although he was in too much pain to speak they did manage
to obtain recognition from him by the way he smiled and held their
He will be greatly missed by all his Family and many, many Friends
The funeral was held on Thursday the 12th of August.
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Yamada sensei will always be in
our hearts every time we enter a dojo or step on a tatami.
The one comfort is that his teaching and philosophy lives on through
his students and friends.
On 12th September, 2010 - A training
session hosted by Kikusui Kai, Shukumei and Goshinaikikwai was held in
honour of the passing of Yamada Sensei.
Thanks to everyone for supporting this event. It was very touching to
see everyone's generosity and good spirit. Almost £300
was raised, which was donated to "The Red Cross Japan Tsunami
have many hours of nostalgic video footage featuring Senta Yamada
Sensei. This will slowly be made available
DVD 01 - THE LINK
BETWEEN AIKIDO AND JUDO SEMINAR
Footage taken at the London Judo Society Dojo on
23rd March, 1991. Yamada Sensei first taught in London in 1959,
that Dojo moved to the Dojo featured in this footage. This Dojo also
no longer exists.
Copies of the DVD are available via
this website by completing the downloadable order form.
PUB01 - THE
ANCIENT SECRETS OF AIKIDO
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enthusiastic Aikidoka needs to know to guide them along the difficult
path they have chosen.
It is a book not full of complicated
techniques. It is a book not full of mystery and jargon.
It is a book that emphasizes the necessity to study and understand the
basics and in this it unlocks the clandestine
aura which surrounds the art ofAikido.
The book is a valuable addition to any Aikidoka collection and it
cements the roots of the Tomiki system. It includes the Foot
& Hand movements, the Five Basic Hand-blade exercises and the
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