Durham's Traditional Martial Arts School
Michelmas Term 2019/20
Tuesdays - 18:30
Saturdays - 15:00
First Class Back 8/10/19
Aikido is first and foremost a martial art but it is also much more. At its most basic level Aikido is a system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in the use of sword (bokken), staff (jo) and knife (tanto) techniques. Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba in the early twentieth century and has now grown to be one of the world’s most popular martial arts. It places emphasis on practical efficiency, and the Yoshinkan style that we practice at the Shurenkan is the style used to train women and anti-riot teams of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
Size, weight, age and physical strength play only a small role in Aikido, also making it a uniquely suited option for women, children and older students.
As a form of Budo (the martial way), Aikido is more than just a fighting art. It is a path of personal discovery and character improvement. Some of the benefits include increased physical fitness, improved self-confidence and a greater awareness of yourself and your boundaries as well as those of people around you.
In 1972, at the age of 11 years old and in his home town of Seremban in Malaysia, Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan began his martial arts career, training under his uncle, Thamby Rajah Sensei. Through his teenage years, he also trained in Kendo and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo. In 1978, he was awarded his Shodan and shortly after, he travelled to Australia at the age of 19 years old. In Melbourne, he tried a different style of Aikido but found that it didn’t suit him and so took up training in Jujitsu and founded Aikido Shudokan in 1980.
Wanting to continue his learning in Aikido, he travelled to Japan in 1983 to stay and train at the Yoshinkan Honbu dojo. Upon his return, he established the first permanent home for the Aikido Shudokan in Australia, and has returned to Japan numerous times since.
He has trained under great Yoshinkan style teachers in the world such as Shioda Gozo Soke, Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi, Chida Tsutomu Shihan and Takeno Takefumi Shihan and other world-renowned martial artists including Thamby Rajah Sensei, Don Draeger Sensei, Soke Obata Toshishiro, the founder of Shinkendo and Shihan Nariyama Tetsuro, the Chief Instructor of Tomiki Aikido.
Aikido Shurenkan operates under the direction and auspices of Thambu Sensei as the chief instructor of Aikido Shudokan International.