Preserving the Art


Those who make Ei Mei Kan Special

Passing the Art

Our dojo is fortunate to have a strong collection of yundansha, in particular a strong collection of teachers. Consequently Ei Mei Kan has a very high level of quality of training and students progrss quickly and far after even a short while here.

That said, I think that Aikido (and the martial arts in general) can have a tremendously positive influence on young people. It’s important to arm them, not in the combative sense, but to arm them with some traditional experiences and to cultivate personal qualities that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. - Christopher Mooney Shihan

Origins of the Art


The Passing of the Flame.


The head of the dojo is Chris Mooney Shihan. There are a number of yudansha (black-belt ranks) who assist, the below are yudansha who have become teachers at the dojo and become familiar faces to all who enter.

Sandan, Fukushidoin

David Green

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David Green


Sandan, Fukushidoin (on sabatical)

Asia Thompson

When two great forces oppose each other. The victory will go to the one that knows how to yield - Lao Tzu

Asia Thomson

In 2004 I was looking for a sport that I would enjoy. Martial arts had always interested me, however, I was not keen on competitive fighting. I was also intrigued by weapons training. Aikido fitted perfectly. I value training at at Ei Mei Kan because we cultivate all four pillars of the Birankai school: Aikido, Weapons, Batto-Ho and Zazen.

You learn that what matters is precision, technique and good timing. Physical development, fitness, coordination, perseverance, and awareness of your own body are positive by products of training.


Izram Ali

Delusion in the mind; stiffness in the body.

Izram Ali

I have been doing Aikido for 16 years. I used to work in night clubs and bars. I hate violence: it always followed me around. I was big guy, I admired my muscles. It was my defence. My first experience in Aikido was with a woman, I could not understand how she could throw me so easily. This experience humbled me. There are women teachers which is very important: it balances things out.

Aikido has affected my life deeply: I am a calm person in daily life, I don’t do stress or drama.