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Sevenoaks Shoshinkan Aikido

The Sevenoaks Aikido club was formed in 2002 by Sensei Philip Loftus 4th Dan under the Direction of Kanetsuka Shihan ( 8th Dan)  and the British Aikido Federation ( B.A.F) and is based in Sevenoaks in Kent.

Simon Fraser 3rd Dan was asked to take over the club in 2004 by Kanetsuka Shihan when Sensei Loftus returned to Canada. . At this point the club was given the name of Sevenoaks Shoshinkan Aikido.  The club is also supported by club secretary and assistant instructor Ben Forrest 1st Dan.

The club has a number of dan grade members (Ben Forrest 2st Dan, Jon Cheetham 2nd Dan, Ryan Higgins 2nd Dan, Ian Calvert 1st Dan and San Shoesmith 1st Dan together with various kyu grades and beginners.

It continues to flourish as one of two Aikido dojo in kent  that are affiliated to the B.A.F. , The B.A.f is the only Aikido Federation in the U.K. to have a Japanese Shihan appointed to it by the Aikido Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan. The B.A.F  is also the only organisation in England and Wales to be affiliated to the International Aikido Federation.

The  club has a steady  membership and continues to welcome new members of all ages and abilities.

The British Aikido Federation

The British Aikido Federation (B.A.F) is a not-for-profit organization, providing both technical and administrative guidance and support to its members.

The B.A.F was the first organisation with accreditation from the World Aikido Headquarters in Japan to teach Aikido in Britain as the Aikikai of Great Britain. It was founded in 1968 under the auspices of the Aikikai Foundation, and in 1977 was renamed the British Aikido Federation, with Minoru Kanetsuka (Shihan, 8th Dan, Aikikai Foundation) as its Technical Director.

The B.A.F. has "Full Recognition" status from the Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo and is a founder member of both the International Aikido Federation and the Joint Aikikai Council.

The B.A.F is closely linked with the Aikido World Headquarters. Its technical advisor was formerly Shihan Masatake Fujita (8th Dan, Hombu Dojo, Tokyo - now deceased), and regular visits are now made by senior Japanese instructors to conduct B.A.F. national courses. All dan grades (black belt holders) with the B.A.F. are recognised by the International Aikido Federation (I.A.F)and hold certificates issued by the Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba.

The structure of the B.A.F. teaching syllabus is closely based on that of the World Headquarters and not only proficiency of techniques but also correctness of manner and attitude is greatly emphasised.

Kanetsuka Sensei and the Senior Instructors of the B.A.F conduct weekend courses throughout the year at

Aikido centres all over the UK. The two major national courses: the Spring Course and the week-long Summer School have developed into international events attracting Aikido students from all over the world.

Thanks to its world-wide connections the British Aikido Federation stands very much in the mainstream of Aikido development, and by virtue of its close ties with the fountain-head of Aikido (Hombu Dojo, Tokyo) it maintains an orthodox direction in its teaching and development.

The original teaching of the Founder excluded any form of competition and emphasised the principles of non-aggression and harmony. The B.A.F. strongly maintains this attitude, and every effort is made to inculcate into our members the principles of non-violence and concern for others, both inside and outside the practice room.

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