Birankai British Aikikai
Founder: TK Chiba Shihan. Officially recognised by Aikikai Hombu - Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan). Member of Birankai International, Joint Aikikai Council of Great Britain (JAC)
Aikido is a modern and dynamic martial art, developed from ancient Japanese martial arts, incorporating powerful self defence techniques derived from several schools of Ju-Jitsu, Sword and Spear arts. It is often referred to as moving Zen, spiritual healing, meditation therapy and intelligent man's martial art. Aikido training is a path to complete physical, mental and spiritual development and growth. Aikido is used by police forces and armies for self defence, by business leaders to develop mental focus, business intelligence and competitive intelligence as much as by ordinary men and women to develop physical and mental coordination, inner peace, self confidence and self mastery.
British Birankai Aikido training is deeply rooted in traditional Japanese culture and etiquette thanks to its chief instructor and technical director T K Chiba Shihan who has enjoined hard physical training with weapons training, Iaido and Zazen. The traditional training environment thrives with traditional etiquette, traditional teacher-student relationship, traditional teaching methods and a deep understanding of each and every technique.
British Birankai offers a complete martial arts system of powerful Aikido techniques coupled with a deep focus on inner peace and spiritual development through relaxation and Zen meditation, a vehicle for a deeper understanding of the nature of Aikido through weapons (Bokken, Jyo, Tanto) and Iaido (Katana/Iaito) training, encourages and stimulates its members to study and realise their true self/nature/potential (spiritual awakening).
British Birankai instructors are internationally recognised and offer Aikido lessons and instruction of the highest calibre, to all abilities, from beginners lessons to master classes. Our gradings are recognised internationally with Aikikai certificates issued directly from Aikido World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan).