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Kai Shin Kai

About Kai Shin Kai

The Kai Shin Kai is a traditional school of Aikido. The organisation has around twenty member and associate member clubs in the UK and Italy.

The KSK uses the central base of Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre in Aylesbury HP19 9HH for major courses throughout the year using senior Instructors from within Kai Shin Kai and occasionally inviting senseis from Japan, Italy and America.

Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre is also used for KSK senior gradings 1st kyu (brown belt) and Dan (black belt).

Kai Shin Kai Style

KSK practices traditional Aikido in the manner of Hombu Dojo (Tokyo), where senior Shihan all have distinctive styles but nevertheless all follow the path of starting as a triangle, moving as a circle and finishing as a square (posture, movement and stability). That is, the KSK recognises that there are many ways of expressing both basic and advanced Aikido, none being incorrect as long as the tenets of Aikido as taught by O-Sensei are followed.

Kai Shin Kai History

Kai Shin Kai - formerly called `Yamarashi' - was founded in the 1960's by Mike Smith who was awarded his Nidan by Tielemans Sensei of Belgium. Shortly thereafter, Mike affiliated KSK to the British Aikido Association as a traditional group autonomous to, but working closely with the Tomiki-Kai. The BAA is recognised by the Japan Aikido Association - which later ratified future Dan promotions within the KSK.

In 1994 the KSK left the BAA to establish itself as a separate school recognised by the British Aikido Board (BAB) – the governing body for Aikido in the UK. Mike Smith resigned from the KSK in December 2002 to reform his own group in the BAA. Bill Harris (7th Dan) took over as the Chief Instructor and Examiner. The KSK became independant from the BAB in 2021 to become a founder member of the Aikido Alliance UK.

This site was last updated 05/11/2023