Although we are a small club, we are part of a global aikido community, and maintaining those connections is an important part of our practice.
Our instructor is Robert Hill sensei, 6th dan, who has practised and studied aikido for over 50 years. He is currently serving as Secretary of the UK's Joint Aikikai Council (JAC).
Our teaching lineage is through the late Sugano Seiichi shihan, 8th dan, who was a live-in student (uchi-deshi) of O Sensei, and then taught in Australia, Benelux and New York over a period of 45 years.
Through that lineage, we have close links with both the principal aikido federations in Belgium (the Association Francophone d'Aikido (AFA) and the Vlaamse Aikido Vereniging (VAV)), and with Aiki Kai Australia.
At least once a year, lockdowns permitting, members of the club travel to Belgium for training seminars led by senior instructors from Australia and Belgium. Each year, for several years, we have welcomed Hanan Janiv shihan, 7th dan - a senior Aiki Kai Australia instructor from Canberra - to Wiltshire for our Spring keiko weekend.
2021 News from the International Aikido Federation
The IAF held its 2021 annual general meeting in October and elected a new Directing Committee. A summary of the meeting can be found on the IAF website, here:
Our links to the IAF include:
- Tony Smibert shihan of Australia Aiki Kai and long-time student of Sugano Sensei. Smibert shihan has conducted several Spring seminars and Inner Aikido Schools in Belgium.
- Frederic Heylbroek from the Belgian Aikido Federation (who some club members will recognise from the tatami in Belgium).