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
Please use the link below or see the Contact Details page for both Steve and Catherine's email addresses
Please check the Dojo Noticeboard for events, class cancellations and other news
We do not hold separate children's classes. We allow children in the main classes if they are accompanied by a parent. We have applied for DBS clearance and are intending to allow children of age 14 and over to train unaccompanied
IMPORTANT DOJO INFORMATION:
Monday Practices at Norman Centre, Mile Cross
Monday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30 pm at the Activity Hub of the Norman Centre
Mile Cross Dojo Address:
- The Norman Centre is signposted from Bignold Road, the Centre has car parking including several disabled spaces
- The Dojo can be found in the newly refurbished Activity Hub. Enter the Norman Centre at the Main Entrance and follow the signposts to Activity Hub and/or Table Tennis hall)
- If in any doubt, please ask at the reception desk, where the staff will help you.
- Changing rooms with showers are available, including a disabled toilet and shower.
- It is advisable to arrive early to help put mats out and deal with registration before class start time.
Friday Practice at Sewell Park Sports Centre, Norwich
Main training session from 7:30pm to 9:15pm - 9:30 pm (according to the type of Training)
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.
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:
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 2015 to 28 February 2016.
Insurance start date
1 March-31 May
1 June-31 August
1 September-30 November
1 December 2015-
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.
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 57 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
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.
We are now part of Aiki Extensions an organization dedicated to disseminating and applying Aiki principles and methods outside the traditional martial arts training situation. Aiki is the core of Aikido. It is a practical philosophy of harmony and cooperative action. It consists of principles and methods of self-awareness, calmness under pressure, compassionate power, and respectful engagement with others. AE members have applied Aiki principles in such areas as business, bodywork, psychotherapy, teaching, mediation, and sports. They have found that Aiki principles enhance their professional effectiveness and personal well being.
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Sensei Steve Fyffe
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)
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
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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