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Yoshinkan London are honoured to be hosting Takafumi Takeno Shihan 9th Dan and his Chief Instructor Chiemi Nakagawa Sensei 5th Dan in April/May 2012.

Takeno Shihan is currently Saiko Shihan (Senior Master, Technical Director) of the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo and Founder of the Yamanashi Yoshinkan Aikido in Kofu, Japan. He was the main uchi deshi for the founder of Yoshinkan Shioda Gozo and Chief Instructor at the Hombu Dojo for many years.

Anyone who has seen a Takeno Sensei demonstration has an idea of the power and speed of his Aikido. If you get a chance to receive his techniques, you will be amazed by the softness of the contact, your balance being stolen immediately and then how devastatingly fast you are accelerated into the mats.

Nakagawa Sensei started training with Takeno Sensei as an Aikikai 2nd Dan at least 20 years ago and has achieved 5th Dan Yoshinkan. She throws almost as hard as Takeno Sensei and is living proof that gender and physical size are no match for technique.

In order to give as many people as possible the chance to experience Takeno Shihan and Nakagawa Sensei, Yoshinkan London have organised two events.

Weekend Seminar 28 - 29 April 2012

A weekend seminar at the K2 Centre in Crawley (close to Gatwick Airport and the M25). The venue is a modern Leisure Centre with plenty of new mats and plenty of space. There will be a demonstration on the Saturday with a party after training. Good value accommodation is available at 2 nearby Premier Inn hotels.

Three day intensive course 30 April - 2 May 2012

For those Aikidoka that have attained at least 4th kyu and can commit the time and the energy, we have organised 3 days of more personal intense training. This will consist of morning, afternoon and evening classes. It will be held at The Yoshinkan London Dojo in Camden. The numbers for this event are limited and therefore preference will be given to those who book the full 5 days training schedule. Good value accommodation is also available with Hampstead Premier Inn.

To get the most out of Takeno Shihan's visit we urge you to try and commit to the full 5 days of training.

Limited edition T-Shirts / Towels

To commemorate this event, we shall be producing T-shirts and training towels that will be printed with a shodo design (Japanese calligraphy) created by Nakagawa Sensei. Those who complete the full 5 days training will receive one of these T-shirts to celebrate their achievement.


We understand that in the run-up to Christmas cash is scarce so please secure your place with an early deposit of £50. The full amount must be paid by 1st March 2012 to guarantee your place. This event is aimed at covering costs and not making a profit so please note that all deposits are non-refundable.

Deposit is £50 - to be paid before 1st Jan to secure your place

Full 5 day course (£180): £130 - further payment to be received by 1st March 2012
3 Day Intensive (£120): £70 - further payment to be received by 1st March 2012
Weekend Seminar 2 day (£80): £30 - further payment to be received by 1st March 2012
Weekend Seminar 1 day (£50): No further payments required

If you are interested in attending any of the above events please contact us at and let us know which dates you would like to attend. Please give your Name, Rank and the Dojo you attend. We will then respond with details on how to make a payment and reserve your place.

We look forward to hearing from you.