Preserving the Art
Those who make Ei Mei Kan Special
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
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.
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Sandan, Fukushidoin (on sabatical)
When two great forces oppose each other. The victory will go to the one that knows how to yield - Lao Tzu
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.
Delusion in the mind; stiffness in the body.
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.
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