What's important is that Saunders Sensei taught the essential principles that make Aikido strong and effective. Everything time I train with Saunders Sensei I feel equipped not only with new technical knowledge, but a better idea of the foundations of Aikido so that I can progress on my own.
This club offers superb aikido instruction in a friendly but committed environment and offers something for both beginners and existing Aikidoka.
When I first joined Meikyokai Aikido and was introduced to Yoshinkan Aikido I wondered how aikido could benefit me, a year on and I am more relaxed,confident and fit.To become any where near good in aikido you need a good teacher and at Meikyokai aikido you definitely will find that
Training is challenging, frustrating, fascinating, and rewarding all in one session. However, the best part is training with really great people, some of who have become really great friends. I have been training for over 10 years and my only regret about aikido is that I don’t do enough of it.
Training is a contstant intellectual as well as physical challenge. Each lesson at the Meikyokai I feel I make progress in both areas. Most importantly Sensei Neil's welcoming and encouraging attitude to work hard as well as enjoy the training is mirrored by a great group of friendly and dedicated students.
About Meikyokai Aikido
At the Meikyokai Dojo we teach the Japanese martial art of Yoshinkan Aikido within the London borough of Bexley in Kent; we are an independent dojo which is affiliated to the Yoshinkan Honbu through the AYF.
The Chief Instructor, Neil Saunders holds the ranks of 4th Dan in both Yoshinkan and Tomiki Aikido. Under the technical guidance of Robert Mustard Sensei, 7th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, we offer classes which cater for all level's of ability as well as for the more experienced martial artist looking to train in Aikido.
We do not teach students techniques for fighting, violence or aggression, rather we offer methods for controlling and minimising these types of behaviour no matter how large or powerful the person is.
Please browse through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to come and watch or even try a class
Through David, Neil met Robert Mustard (7th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido) and he has been able to train with Mustard Sensei on numerous occasions including several trips to his Dojo in Vancouver. Like Rubens Sensei, Mustard Sensei has had a profound effect on Neil's Aikido.
In February 2014, Neil was awarded the rank of 5th Dan in Yoshinkan Aikido by Robert Mustard Shihan.
He is one of only the few people in the world to hold high ranks in both the Yoshinkan and Tomiki systems of Aikido.
Neil started training at the Renzu Kwai Aikido Club under Andy Stiggear (6th Dan
BAA) and Pam Hornsby (4th Dan BAA) as well as several other high grades of the Renzu
Kwai. He holds the rank of 4th Dan in Tomiki Aikido through the British Aikido Association.
Neil has authored two books on Aikido called Aikido -
He was fortunate to meet and train with David Rubens (6th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido), and continues to this day to train with Rubens Sensei when possible. Rubens Sensei has had a profound effect on his Aikido and this can be seen today.
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