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)
Steve's Telephone Number if you wish to contact him is: (01603) 401846
To email him please use the Email link below or see the Contact Details page
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Steve Fyffe was born 24 July 1951, he was registered Blind from birth. Steve has a Guide Dog named Sykes who drags him all over the place. 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)
Steve's other interests include: Iaido, golf, football, music, reading 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 chess 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 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 and attends the Norwich Community choir.
IMPORTANT DOJO INFORMATION:
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.
The founder of Aikido wanted his arts to be lived not just studied. He wanted people to live the way of Aiki. I have studied the Martial Arts now for over 56 Years and I am just beginning to understand this concept. It is never too late to learn, and it is my sincere belief that being part of this group can only be a good thing.
We are pleased to announce that our membership application has been succesful and we are now starting our first year involved with this group from March 2014, Everything that involves running the Dojo will be done within the ADL structure yet we shall remain the dojo we originally set up.
All Insurance will be sorted as British Aikido Board (BAB) and there will be an opportunity for students to attend ADL courses
I look forward very much to being an active part of ADL and I know that the Dojo and Students will play their part as well.
Click here for the Aikido for Daily Life webpage to learn more!
The British Aikido Board (BAB) - The umbrella organisation for Aikido in the UK
Friday Practice at Norwich
Main training session from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
- The Dojo is also available from 6.30pm for additional training for those who would like to use that time for:
- Iaido, Aiki-weapons, Aiki-Cane (Self-Defence using a walking stick),
- Kiatsu (Shiatsu) Massage
- A time of peace, meditation before the main training session.
- Time with Sensei dealing with any problems, questions or other issues.
Norwich Dojo Address:
Sewell Park College Sports Centre
- The Dojo can be found in the school gym, at the end of the corridor opposite the reception desk.
- If in any doubt, please ask at the reception desk, where I am sure that one of the staff will help you.
- Changing rooms with showers are available. It is advisable to arrive early to help put mats out and deal with registration before class start time.
No Training on 4th April and 4th July due to both Sensei away on courses. Also no training on Good Friday
There may be other Aikido Classes held on other nights at the above address. Please check carefuly so that no misunderstandings happen and you attend the classes you wish to.
Due to lack of attendance we have had to stop our training sessions at Wymondham Martial Arts Centre. If enough interest is shown we may be able to start sessions again. Please contact Sensei Steve if you would like to attend sessions at Wymondham
Cost of Training and Attendance
£7.00 for 2 hours (for 1 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 every Friday 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.
If there are any changes to training dates or times, students will be notified personally and details will be placed 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.
Before training all students must:
After you have trained for three sessions all students:
- Fill in a membership application form including contact details, ailments and emergency contact numbers
- Pay £5 for indemnity insurance covering three introductory sessions
- Pay for membership for the rest of the year (as detailed below)
- Be given an insurance slip
Insurance fees are paid annually covering period 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2015. If a student joins later in the year a sliding scale is applied
Insurance start date
1 March-31 May
1 June-31 August
1 September-30 November
1 December 2014-
28 February 2015
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their membership and insurance are kept up to date.
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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 some Ukemi (taking falls and techniques)
The training follows with a particular theme for all students to study. Later in the training the class is usually split in to 2 or 3 groups to study items related to the differing levels.
Just before the warm down period students who are ready and feel confident enough take a Randori session (free style against multiple attacks). This tests the students courage, body movements, distance, balance and timing etc.
Lastly we warm down gently and if time permits we have a time of meditation.
As well as empty hand techniques (Tai Jitsu) weapons are used as tools to help show Aikido principles and for showing attack and defensive tactics. The weapon tools of Aikido are: the jo (4 foot staff), the bokken (wooden sword) and the tanto (wooden or rubber knife). The more advance students sometimes use a Cane (walking stick) for defence and to illustrate Aikido Principles.
Care and respect must always be taken when training. Please refer to the Behaviour in the Dojo page for more information about how to behave in the Dojo. The purpose of Dojo behaviour and manners is not just for manners alone but for your own safety and the safety of all other students.
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.
Link to Shihan Mike Selvey's Tsunami Yodokan website: Tenshin Ryu Iaido and Budo
Please see the Kobudo page for information on the japanese weapons system taught at the Norwich and Norfolk Shin Gi Tai Yodokan 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.
Details can be obtained from the sensei, either by email or phone.
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