West Huntspill Aikido club

Traditional Aikido practised with an open mind and heart.

'There are no 'styles' of Aikido. It is like cheese cake.
You can cut it in wedges or squares or just dig in with your fork but it is still cheese cake!'

 

John Creed Sensei 3rd Dan Aikido, B.A.B Coach level 2.

John commenced Aikido in 1981 after seeing a poster describing how to hit people with sticks! Regular training in this strange art called Aikido led him to Gareth Jones Sensei now of Marbella. He became a true friend with whom he trained for the next 6 years achieving his 1st dan.

During this period John was also practising with Andy Mostyn Sensei at the fabled Walton Leisure centre (This involved John taking out an 8' square window with his Jo staff - apparently it is believed - cos it looked at him in a 'funny' way!) and at Frank Perry's Bu'Sen Martial Arts Centre in Twickenham with Andy Allen Sensei of the Institute of Aikido. (The IOA "Hut" is the Birthplace of Aikido in this country). Courses and seminars during this time included Chiba Sensei and Tamura Sensei.

Around 1988, work took John to Brighton for a few years where he practised with Brian Mitchell Sensei and the Brighton University Club with further tuition from Kanatsuka Sensei and Richard Smaridge sensei.

On moving to Suffolk in 1993 John practised for 4 years at the Broadlands Aikido Club with Frank Burlingham Sensei of the I.O.A. Now Zen Ten aikikai, a wonderful Aikidoka and man (we try not to mention the jokes!) , whilst latterly helping run a club in Great Yarmouth. Courses included Haydn Foster Sensei, Tom Moss Sensei.

In 1996 he moved to Somerset where work and family life interceded and regrettably ended up taking a 8 year break from Aikido.

He resumed his studies in 2004 with David Luddington Sensei; and Michael Higgins Sensei; of United Dojo's in Taunton, also for ten years with Rising Sun Aikido in Weston-super-Mare. More recent courses have also included Professor Rick Clarke of Ao Denko Jutsu and Toby Threadgill Kaicho Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu Jujutsu. Larbi El Akel sensei of Brussels and Shunchiro Koyanagi & Hiroki Kobayashi of Koboyashi Dojos.
He has also trained with Robert Mustard sensei, a shihan in yoshinkan aikido and well known as the authors bane in the book "Angry White Pyjamas"
Now practising under the technical direction of Pierre Citti kyoshi, 7th dan of the Budo College Belge, in Brussels. One of the oldest Dojos in Europe and a lineage of aikido that does not ignore its martial roots. Citti Sensei is the Aikido technical director for the IBC 'International Budo Council' and it was by him that John was graded 2nd Dan in June 2008 and 3rd Dan in April 2013.

John has been back on the mat for 12 odd years now, trains at least 4 times a week and still hopes it will stop hurting soon!

In 2007 he commenced training in Hagakure Fudoshin Iaido with Mick Simmonette Sensei (4th dan Iaido, 2nd dan jodo, 1st dan kendo) at Creech St. Michael, Somerset though has taken a forced sabattical due to back and knee issues.

Also enjoyed a too brief interval western fencing 'epee' with Maitre Jim Perry B.A.F very competitive and an interesting if exhausting contrast to the Japanese blade! Jim sadly died in a car accident in 2012. A wonderful man.

John holds Instructors Insurance and Coaching level 2 including child protection certification with the British Aikido Board.