BAA South of the River Seminar 2014

20th/21st September 2014

Genryukan Aikido, Dover is honoured to be hosting the 2014 South Of the River Aikido Seminar. We have a new venue this year in Hawkinge just outside Folkestone, with excellent modern facilities. Once again we have a very interesting programme of Aikido scheduled for the weekend, with a great mix of styles and approaches to this martial art. It is an open event, so we hope you can all attend. This year’s event is for seniors (16+)


Weekend Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) – BAA Members £35, Non-members £45
Saturday only – BAA Members £20, Non-members £25
Sunday only – BAA Members £20, Non-members £25

Pre-book your South of the River tickets via PayPal here.

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This is a provisional programme, and is therefore subject to change.

If you would like to pre-order a South of the River 2014 embroidered Polo Shirt, you can do so here via paypal. These can only be collected from the event.


Saturday Programme
  • 08:30 : Registration
  • 09:00 : Shaun Hoddy
  • 11:30 : Simon Fraser   (+ lunch break 30 mins)
  • 14:00 : Bob Jones
  • 15:45 : Close (followed by BAA Grading)
Sunday Programme
  • 09:15 : Ken Broome (+ lunch break 30 mins)
  • 12:45: John Burn
  • 15:45: Close
We will take 30 mins to break for lunch each day.
A BAA National grading will take place on the Saturday afternoon for eligible BAA members.   If you intend to take part, please email
The seminar is open to all. Valid BAA membership or proof of BAB insurance is required for the event, but temporary insurance can be purchased on the day if necessary. For more information, please feel free to e-mail Christophe Courtin
Hawkinge Community Centre, Heron Forstal Rd, Hawkinge, CT18 7FP

Ken Broome

Ken Broome, already a 1st Dan Judo, started aikido in 1966 with Tetsu Ehara at Crystal Palace Aikido Club.
A founder member of the Yawara Aikido Club, where he studied under Dr Lee Ah Loi 8th Dan, Ken is also a founder member of the European Aikido Association. A most successful UK competitive aikidoka and a Team EAA member at numerous world championships in Japan, Ken is a former British & European champion,Ken teaches aikido at Jugokan Dojo in London. Ken is a Shihan of the Japan Aikido Association (JAA).

John Burn

John Burn

John began training in martial arts at the age of 7 and has been studying aikido since the early 90’s;

He is the UK’s only direct student of Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, with whom he has maintained a close relationship for over 15 years.

John runs a full-time dojo in Coventry. John’s main interest with aikido is in how to use gravity and the ground to bring solidity to one’s body, whilst breaking uke’s balance. John’s study of internal strength and how it relates to the Aikido of Ueshiba Morihei is thanks to the ongoing research and training of Mike Sigman.

Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Current Chairman of the British Aikido Association, and has been practising martial arts since 1966 with a rank of 7th Dan Tomiki Aikido, 3rd Dan Traditional Aikido and 1st Dan Judo. As a competitor won several honours at regional, national and international level from 1973 to 1993,totalling 38 medals of all types, including Gold at the European Team Championship in 1983. As the Senior Coach for Leeds Central Aikido Bob has led the club to over twenty junior national titles and eight senior national titles. He is also Coach Tutor and has held several responsibilities including BAB Coaching Development Officer and BAA National Team Manager. Bob has trained in Japan and taught Aikido in the USA, Australia as well as several European countries.

Shaun Hoddy

Shaun Hoddy started Aikido in 1975 after eight years of Judo. Shaun was sports person of the year, kata gold medalist and Tanto Randori Silver medalist at the European Aikido Championships in 1988, and medalist at the 1990, and 1991 Championships.
In November 1997, Shaun received his 5th Dan at Yawara Centre London (Examiners Dr Lee Ah Loi, Ken Broome, Fritz Van Gullik, Eddy Wolput). in 2012, Shaun brought his 300 students to the BAA fold. Today Shaun teaches members at his club in Essex. As well as regularly teaching aikido to adults and children, Shaun’s focus is on ensuring that the Tomiki Aikido Koryu no kata are preserved.

Simon Fraser

Simon Faser

Simon Faser

Simon started Aikido in 1992 under Kanetsuka Minoru (7th Dan Aikikai) at the Oxford University Dojo with the British Aikido Federation (B.A.F) and spent 8 years training with Alex Megann (5th Dan) at the Southampton University Dojo until 2003.

Simon has trained under Kanetsuka Shihan as a member of his Ryushinkan Dojo in London since 1995 and has accompanied him on Aikido seminars abroad in Poland, France, Russia, and Spain over the past ten years.

In 2004 Simon was asked by Kanetsuka Shihan to become the Senior Instructor of Sevenoaks Aikido Shoshinkan. Simon is also a student of Kashima Shinryu and Katori Shinto Ryu Sword styles as enhancement to his Aikido Training.

Video of previous South of the River Seminar (Mick Pratt 2012):


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