South of the River 2013

24th/25th August 2013

Genryukan Aikido, Dover is honoured to be hosting the 2013 South Of the River Aikido Seminar. Again we have the wonderful sea views from our venue, the fantastic SAGA Pavilion in Folkestone, and have an exciting programme of Aikido scheduled for the weekend. We are hoping the weekend ticket will provide everyone with amazing value for money. It is an open event, so all are welcome. This year we have a dedicated juniors programme, with some fantastic activities lined up.
South of the River 2013 – Pricing
Adult Weekend Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) – £15
Junior Weekend Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) – FREE
Adult Saturday only – £15
Adult Sunday only – £15
For non-BAA members, the cost will be £20.


Saturday Programme

    • 09:30 – 09:45: Welcome/Safety brief
    • 09:45 – 12:00: Shaun Hoddy
    • 12:00 – 12:30 : lunch
    • 12:30 – 14:45: Paul Bonett
    • 15:00 – close: Grading
Sunday Programme
    • 09:30 – 09:45: Welcome/Safety brief
    • 09:45 – 12:00: Bob Jones
    • 12:00 – 12:30 : lunch
    • 12:30 – 14:45: Ken Broome
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 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
SAGA Pavilion, Sandgate Road, Folkestone, CT20 3SE (view map)
SAGA PavillionSAGA Pavillion Interior
Detailed Weekend Programme:
Saturday Programme
    • To be confirmed
Sunday Programme
    • To be confirmed
Accommodation in Folkestone area:
Some local hotels
A larger list

Ken Broome 7th Dan

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.

Bob Jones 7th Dan

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 6th Dan

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 strong ZETAR students back under the membership of the the BAA. 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.

Paul Bonett 5th Dan

paul bonett

Paul started in the Martial Arts in 1973 in London, training in Shotokan Karate under James Ashmore at North East London Poly (now East London University) in Stratford. He took his Dan grade in 1977 under Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda (1935-2003). He continued to train for many years with Dave Hazard and graded to 4th Dan in 1987.
He started Aikido in 1980, under Brian Elgood and Gordon Murray at the old Myo Do Kan dojo at the Mid Sussex Judo Club in Kemp Town, Brighton. In 1991 he had to make a choice about the direction he was going and decided to dedicate himself to Aikido. He started competing mainly in kata partnership with Brian in the ’90s. Paul was Joint Squad Manager with Brian for the Osaka competition, then was Squad Manager himself for the 2003 Leeds event. In 2005, he partnered with Chris Stamate as joint Squad Manager for the BAA Shodokan Squad at the Tokyo International Tournament. He was Chair of the Shodokan Division of the BAA. Paul has been an international referee at two major tournaments in Japan, most recently in Kyoto 2009, where he also competed with other club members. He is a member of the BAA Technical Committee.

Videos from SOTR 2012: