At Tetsushinkan Dojo Aikido is taught together with the Kenjutsu (sword technique) of Kashima No Tachi and the two arts are integrated within our methodology. Over the past 20 years Paul Smith, Head of Tetsushinkan Dojo, has studied with Inaba Sensei, previous Head of The Shiseikan Budojo at Meiji Jingu, inTokyo. Profoundly influenced by Kuni Zenya, Inaba Sensei has combined these two distinct arts in a unique and complementary manner, creating a sophisticated methodology that weaves sword and empty-handed techniques into a fully integrated and inseparable whole. Paul Smith has rigorously researched this relationship between Ken and Aikido evolving an understanding that is expressed in his distinct approach to the teaching of Budo. The essence of Inaba Sensei’s teaching continues to inform Paul’s on-going exploration.
Introductory classes are £12 for 2 hours (concessions £8) and 1 hour class £8 (concessions £6). After the first month we expect students to pay the monthly rate by Standing Order which is £60 (concessions £40), and this covers all classes in the week. All members are required to pay a yearly membership fee of £35 (concessions £25) within the first month of joining which includes insurance cover.
Concessions rates are for students and low-waged.
Beginners may order a keikogi ("judo suit") through the dojo for £35.
You can obtain forms for Membership application and the Standing Order form at the dojo – Membership Forms are also download here (MS Word format)