| NORFOLK AND NORWICH SHIN-GI-TAI YODOKAN DOJO
Aikido and Budo Japanese Martial Arts School in the Norwich and East Anglia area Member of Aikido for Dailly Life (ADL) Affiliated to the British Aikido Board (BAB
| DOJO INFORMATION
General Dojo Information
| CONTACT DETAILS
Contact details for our Dojo
| THE DOJO NOTICE BOARD
Class Schedule / Events / Courses
| DOJO INSTRUCTORS
| BEHAVIOUR IN THE DOJO
All you need to know about the Aikido dojo and Etiquette etc.
| WHAT IS AIKIDO?
A Description of Aikido
| GRADING SYLLABUS
Aikido and Iaido grading syllabus
| GRADING RESULTS
Place to find out results of gradings in the dojo
| PICTURE GALLERY
Assorted photographs of places traveled to, events and the funny side of life.
| VIDEO GALLERY
Aikido Videos that have been kindly donated to the website, also, videos that have been added by web Master.
| WEB LINKS PAGE
Other website links for your interest....!
| WEBSITE NEWS
Whats new to the website
The Guide Dog , known as "the Spiritual Aikidog". Read about Fergus and his work as Steve's Guide Dog, follow him from the beginning until retirement.
| YODOKAN History
History of YODOKAN
| YODOKAN (Kyushindo) Philosophy
Origin and precepts of Kyushindo
| YODOKAN Teachings
Foundations of Yodokan teachings
| JAPANESE SWORD DOJO - Ten Shin Ryu
Iai and Iai Jutsu - A real Japanese Sword Dojo.There are plenty of very good pictures here.....
| Sensei Steve and Tsunami Yodokan pictures
pictures from Sensei's visits to our club
| NORWICH Info Page
This page is for people who are visiting Norwich and the surrounding area of Norfolk
| A Tribute to One of My Early Sensei
A short tribute to Sensei John Tidder 1937 - 2007.
| Tribute to Terry Taylor Sensei
A tribute to Terry Taylor Sensei who was a gentleman who did so much for the Disabled and the Martial Arts
| Aiki Extensions
Aikido - A way of life
NORFOLK AND NORWICH SHIN-GI-TAI YODOKAN DOJO
Aikido and Budo Japanese Martial Arts School in Norwich + and East Anglia area
A warm welcome from Steve Fyffe Sensei, 4th Dan (Yondan) D.N.B.K. Int. (Dai Nippon Butoku Kai International) and Catherine Eveleigh Sensei, 1st Dan (Shodan)
Please check the Dojo Noticeboard for events, class cancellations and other news
We have had several enquiries about childrens classes. Currently we are only able to hold Adult classes (18 and over). We are in the process of gaining DBS checks and are intending to allow children of age 14 and over.
IMPORTANT DOJO INFORMATION:
Monday Practices at Norman Centre, Mile Cross
Mile Cross Dojo Address:
Friday Practice at Sewell Park Sports Centre, Norwich
The Dojo is also available from 6.30pm for additional training for those who would like to use that time for:
Norwich Dojo Address:
Sewell Park College Sports Centre
Cost of Training and Attendance***Introductary offer - First 3 sessions + temporary indemnity insurance for only £20***
£7.00 per session
Concessionary rate of £5.00 per session (e.g unemployed / receiving jobseekers). Evidence of your status must be shown
Prices cover the hire of the hall and general running of the Dojo.
We train Fridays all of the year round, including school holidays (both summer and half terms). The fridays we do NOT train are Good Friday and during the Christmas holidays.
We will train every Monday, except Bank Holidays when the Norman Centre is closed
If there are any other cancellations e.g due to courses, or changes to training times, students will be notified personally and details will be placed on the Dojo Noticeboard on this website.
Please let the person taking the register or Sensei Steve know in advance when you do not plan to attend training. Please either phone or email Sensei Steve before the session if you are ill or cannot make a session so we know who to expect. Failure to do this would mean you would be marked in the register as absent from training without explanation and may be charged.
If you no longer wish to train at the Dojo could you also please phone or email to let us know. Thank you.
Insurance and Membership
We are now members of Aikido for Daily Life (ADL) and as such are insured through the British Aikido Board (BAB)
Insurance is for your safety and the safety of those people you train with. Your insurance will cover training of Aikido in our two Dojo under supervision by a qualified BAB CL1 coach ( Sensei Steve Fyffe or Sensei Catherine Eveleigh).
Before training all students must:
Insurance fees are paid annually covering period 1 March 2015 to 28 February 2016.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their membership and insurance are kept up to date.
We are now members of Aikido for Daily Life
Aikido for Daily Life (ADL) is what is says on the tin. A group of like minded people who believe that Aikido is much more than training a few hours a week.
We are now members of Aiki Extensions
For many years now at Seminaries, teaching at different Dojos and Where I teach and train in Norwich, I have always stated that "Aikido is much more than techniques". In the modern times of Martial Arts Students and even so called Instructors seem to only talk and teach about Techniques. It has always been my belief that the way of Aiki (Do) the way or way and Aiki (Harmony of Ki) losely translated, should be applied to dailly life. On and off of the Mat.
Steve Fyffe was born 24 July 1951, he was registered Blind from birth. Steve has studied martial arts his whole life and has many qualifications.
He took up Judo from 1957 until retiring in the early eighties, gaining grate of 4th Dan. Steve started Aikido in September 1987 and was awarded (Shodan) 1st Dan Black Belt 1992 from the National Aikido Federation. He was awarded (Nidan) 2nd Dan Black Belt in 1999. Steve joined Shin-Gi-tai Aikido Society 2000 and was awarded (Sandan) 3rd Dan Black Belt in 2002. In September 2004 he was awarded (Yondan) 4th Dan.
The Aikido style that Steve teaches is: a mixture of Traditional, Ki-Aikido and Aikido Toho Iai. This style though based on the traditional way of the founder is based on Tamura Sensei Principles and Kochi Tohai Sensei Ki-Aikido and Aikido based on the Sword. The style is both flowing and practical in nature yet sticks to the founder's principles that were based on traditional weapons of the Samurai, which includes the Japanese Sword.
He became a member of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai International (DNBK Int) in 2012 and was certified (Yon Dan (4th Dan) with DNBK Int on 16th May 2013.
Steve is a member of the Guild of Renmei Yudansha (M.G.R.Y.) He is a registered Coach for the BAB British Aikido Board and is also an Associate member of the CUA Aikido Union in Tyneside. He holds Certificates in NVQ level 3 Teaching/instructor (Aikido).
From the 1st March 2007 he has been certified by The Cane Masters International Association (C.M.I.A.) as a Cane Master, Instructor, Instructor for the Disabled in Cane and C.M.I.A. Director (Responsable for all issue regarding people with disabilities in the UK). Steve is a registered Instructor for the Ishin Ryu Honbu Dojo (Aikido). On 17th June 2011 was awarded Shodan (Honorary) Tenshin Ryu Iaido, Tsunami Yodokan by Mike Selvey (Shihan)
During the last few Years, Steve has shown much interest in the work and philosophy of Anno Sensei, after attending a seminar given by Linda Holliday from Aikido of Santa Cruz, California. He has changed the whole style of Aikido to reflect the teachings of Anno Sensei, what he believes is the real Aikido that should be represented in our Dojo.
Steve's other interests include: Iaido, golf, music, reading Walking and listening to the radio. He enjoys doing voluntary work and helping others. When he has time Steve also likes to play games such as GO (IGO) a Japanese Board game and cribbage.
Catherine Eveleigh has been training in Aikido since 2008. She joined St. Ives Aiki Dojo after attending a self defense evening at her church ladies group. Whilst there she trained with Sensei George Hemmings and gained 5th kyu (yellow belt). In September 2009 Catherine moved to Norwich and has trained at Norfolk and Norwich Shin-GI Tai Yodokan dojo with Sensei Steve Fyffe progressing until in December 2013 she attained her Shodan (1st Dan). Catherine is now an accredited BAB coach after passing her CL1 coaching course.
Catherine is a Clinical Scientist working in the Radiotherapy Physics department at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She also leads the Kidz Klub (5-12 yr olds) sunday school at Norwich Vineyard church. She has a wide range of interests including reading fantasy novels, listening to classical music and sountracks and visiting gardens and other areas of natural beauty.
Catherine's aims to keep the original Japanese way of running the Dojo, upholding all of the original values, learning all she can from Steve Sensei.
What to expect in our Aikido Dojo
We usually start with a warm up session: this is so that the body can be gently stretched and that all muscles can be warmed up. The warm up will also consist of Aikido body movements and sometimes Ukemi (taking falls and techniques)
We are also a Yodokan Budo Dojo
Aikido is the main art that is studied. We do however study other related arts: including Ten Shin Ryu Iaido: under the direction of Mike Selvey (Shihan). Cane (walking stick) techniques are taught under the Dojo Cane Master Steve Fyffe Sensei as well as all other Arts covered under the term Budo. We regularly invite other senior Sensei and guest teachers throughout the year to enhance the knowledge of the Dojo.
All the Yodokan Dojos thrives on their openness and honesty and offers all its students a highly experienced teaching and a friendly environment in which to train. For more information on Yodokan Kyushindo philosophy and teachings see the relevent pages.
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