THE origins of Te Shin Kai date back to 1992 when Hayward Shihan formed the Shropshire Aikido Federation, as its name suggests the S.A.F consolidated Aikido clubs within the Shropshire area. In 1993 the Shropshire Aikido Federation under the direction of T.K Chiba Shihan became Te Shin Kai, and the first of the four houses within the United Kingodm Aikikai.
Te Shin Kai’s first dojo was Oakengates Aikido Club which is one of the longest running clubs in the UKA. The Chief instructor is Keith Hayward Shihan, 6th Dan and Senior National Coach. The club has generated a number of successful Dan grades who have gone on to develop their own dojos’ to form the Te Shin Kai which include clubs in Keighley, the Isle of Wight and London.
The aim of Te Shin Kai is to promote Aikido in Shropshire, the surrounding are and the United Kingdom via suitably qualified instructors. All instructors are fully insured and gradings are recognised internationally due to the clubs links through the United Kingdom Aikikai to the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The instructors are all Joint Aikikai Council National Coaches and Children Coaches certified.
Keith Hayward Shihan started Aikido in 1968 at the Y.M.C.A. in Wellington Shropshire under Mr David Ford an early student of Chiba Sensei. Sensei recalls watching his first lesson and was impressed with what was going on, but what impressed him more was the photograph of O’Sensei. Sensei recalled “everywhere you moved in the room the photograph seemed to be watching you, so I thought there must be something in this aikido if a picture can say, ‘Come On’From 1968 to 1977 Sensei was a member of the Aikikai of Great Britain and took technical direction from the late William Smith Shihan MBE and was introduced to the teachings of Kazuo Chiba Shihan.
With the formation of the British Aikido Federation in 1977 he became a member of the West Midlands Aikikai. During this period Chiba Sensei returned to Japan and Minoru Kanetsuka (Shihan, 7th Dan, Aikikai Foundation) took the lead in Aikidos technical direction. During this period Sensei attended many weekend courses with Kanetsuka Sensei in London. Due to work commitments Sensei also traveled a lot, but always had a spare gi in the boot of his car and would train whenever and wherever he could.
In 1985 by William Smith Shihan formed the United Kingdom Aikikai and Sensei Hayward was promoted to Fukushidoin (Assistant National Coach) in the UKA and further awarded the position of Shidoin (Senior National Coach), in 1990.
In 1992 Sensei spoke to Mr Smith about forming a group in Shropshire under the umbrella of the UKA called the Shropshire Aikido Federation. Chiba Sensei later gave the SAF the name Te Shin Kai and suggested the use of the house system to the UKA. Sensei recalls “Back then it was just a group of clubs in Shropshire, now it has expanded across the UK. We’ve expanded no end with the house system and it’s a great.”
Throughout his teaching career Sensei’ main Dojo has been Oakengates Aikido Club (Ken Mon Kan) which was founded in 1977. Over the years students of Sensei have branched out from Ken Mon Kan to start their own clubs under the umbrella of Te Shin Kai.
Sensei regularly travels the UK teaching at Te Shin Kai clubs. Sensei has also traveled to teach in Greece and Lesvos. He was awared Shihan in 2010.
Created by Morehei Ueshiba – known throughout the aikido world as ‘O Sensei’ which means ‘great teacher’ – Aikido’s guiding principle is harmonisation.
Aikido develops centered, flexible, dynamic movement (tai sabaki) in its practitioners which when combined with neutralization or projection techniques (waza), creates a powerful, almost effortless system to control aggressors.
Because harmonisation – not confrontation – is at the heart of aikido, it has a simple ethic: if attacked, offer a sincere, robust defence but without hurting your aggressor Although it does take time to become proficient, the training is enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. People of all ages and abilities benefit in a variety of ways from embarking upon the Aikido journey.
AIKIDO is a Japanese art of self-defence whose origins can be traced back to the 12th century. It is based on an attitude of non resistance rather than on the confrontation of strength on strength. An attack is not blocked it is re-directed and controlled in a way that causes the assailant to be thrown by the force of his own attack.
In addition to throws Aikido employs a variety of techniques applied to the attackers joints. When applied these techniques will leave no serious injury only the swift neutralisation of an attack. However, if necessary the techniques can be lethal.
Aikido is perhaps the most subtle and graceful of the martial arts and embraces an immense range of techniques that may be employed against all manner of attack, armed or otherwise. It is unique in that it teaches the practitioner to defend against attack by more than one assailant.
Aikido, when performed correctly, requires no great physical strength and may be practiced by anyone regardless of age or sex. Its effectiveness is due to the fact that it has no set rules making it one of the most practical forms of self defence.
Aikido provides a form of all round physical exercise that could hardly be surpassed promoting suppleness, agility, increased co-ordination and speed of reaction. Aikido is a most effective martial art recommended for those whom the more aggressive and competitive arts have less appeal.
Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba after extensive training in Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu under the instruction of Takeda Sōkaku. He was also known to have studied Tenjin Shin’yō-ryū with Sensei Tozawa Tokusaburō, Yagyū Shingan-ryū under Nakai Masakatsu and Judo with Kiyoichi Takagi. Along with these unarmed throwing and joint locking techniques Ueshiba also incorporated armed combat into the development of Aikido principally introducing the technical structure from the art ofKenjutsu and training techniques derived from the spear (Yari) and short staff (Jō).
United Kingdom Aikikai
The UKA was formed in 1985 by Mr. W Smith and other senior teachers, all with at least 25 years experience in teaching Aikido.
The newly formed organisation was initially supported by K. Chiba Shihan, who was the founder of Aikido in the UK and was a direct student of Ueshiba Sensei. Chiba Shihan was sent to the UK to build on the work started by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
Its formation came from a desire to create an organisation of sincere, dedicated practitioners that integrates and encourages training within everyday life. This philosophy remains within core UKA values today
The UKA is directly affiliated to the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, the world headquarters of Aikido. Senior teachers from Hombu visit the UKA on a regular basis ensuring teachers of the UKA are kept on top form! All members’ grades are awarded by senior UKA teachers (Shidoin) and are authorised by Hombu dojo ensuring that all ranking is recognised world wide.
The UKA supports other affiliated organisations in Australia, Greece and Serbia. Following the passing of the founder William Smith Shihan, Gordon Jones Shihan now leads and directs the organisation.