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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
General Dojo Information
Contact details for our Dojo
Class Schedule / Events / Courses
Who's Who
All you need to know about the Aikido dojo and Etiquette etc.
A Description of Aikido
Aikido and Iaido grading syllabus
Place to find out results of gradings in the dojo
Assorted photographs of places traveled to, events and the funny side of life.
Aikido Videos that have been kindly donated to the website, also, videos that have been added by web Master.
Other website links for your interest....!
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.
History of YODOKAN
YODOKAN (Kyushindo) Philosophy
Origin and precepts of Kyushindo
YODOKAN Teachings
Foundations of Yodokan teachings
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
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


Aikido and Budo Japanese Martial Arts School in Norwich + and East Anglia area

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In Aikido (martial arts) how do you get your 'ki'?

Aikido is a martial art which focuses on the use of ‘ki’, or spiritual energy. To access one’s ‘ki’, practitioners need to learn how to sense and move with the energy around them. This is done through breathing exercises, physical movements, and meditation. Each of these practices helps to build an awareness of the energy in the environment, and also to cultivate the inner energy within oneself. By combining these practices, one can learn to use their ‘ki’ to defend themselves, move with grace, and to find balance in their lives. With dedicated practice and patience, any martial artist can learn to master the use of their ‘ki’.

Can you use Aikido aggressively and very effectively in a fight?

Aikido is a Japanese martial art which focuses on defending and redirecting an attacker's energy, rather than attacking. In a fight, Aikido can be used aggressively and effectively, by using simple techniques such as joint locks and throws. Rather than using the attacker's force against them, Aikido practitioners use their own energy to control the situation. The key to using Aikido aggressively is to maintain control and remain calm, so that the practitioner can sense the attacker's movements and respond accordingly. With proper training, Aikido can be used to effectively and safely control a fight.

Does Judo complement Aikido and vice versa?

Judo and Aikido are two martial arts which have both similarities and differences. Judo consists of a wide range of throws, joint locks and pins, while Aikido focuses on redirecting an attacker’s energy and using their force against them. Although they are different in their approach, they are complementary and can be used together in the same way as a complete system of self-defence. Practising both arts at the same time can help to build a more complete self-defence strategy and give a practitioner a greater understanding of body movement. The two martial arts are not mutually exclusive and can be used together to create a powerful self-defence system.

How to practice Iaido without a sensei?

Iaido is a martial art which focuses on the use of a sword. Practicing without a sensei can be done, although it is not as effective as having one. Learning the basics and understanding the core principles is the first step. Next, practice forms and techniques in order to get accustomed to the motions, stance and timing. Videos and literature can be helpful in learning the basics and can provide additional guidance. Finally, it is important to be mindful of safety and etiquette, even when practicing without a sensei.

How similar are Taichi and Aikido?

Taichi and Aikido are two forms of martial arts that share a common origin and many common principles. Both arts rely on relaxation, body awareness, and the channeling of energy to generate power. Taichi is characterized by slow, circular motions and is often practiced as a form of meditation. Aikido focuses on developing control and balance, and deals with redirecting an opponent's energy in order to neutralize the attack. Despite having many similarities, the two arts are distinct in many ways, most notably in their approach to self-defense. While Taichi emphasizes a more defensive strategy, Aikido encourages more active defense, as well as offense.


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

Sensei Steve and Catherine

Please check the Dojo Noticeboard for events, class cancellations and other news

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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

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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:
Activity Hub
Norman Centre
Bignold Road

  • 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
Constitution Hill

  • 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.

Sensei Steve and Catherine demonstrating aikido and iaido at the Norwich Vineyard Summer BBQ and family fun day

Cost of Training and Attendance

***Introductary offer -  First 3 sessions + temporary indemnity insurance for only £20***

Matt fees:

£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.

Kotegaeshi throw

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:
  • Fill in a membership application form including contact details, ailments and emergency contact numbers
  • Pay £5 for indemnity insurance covering three introductory sessions
After you have trained for three sessions all students:
  • 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

Adult Rates

Concession Rates

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.

ADL logo - Member of ADL : BAB logo - Insured by BAB

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

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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.

Click on here for the Aiki Extensions webpage to learn more

UK Aiki Extensions and Quentin Cooke's webpage

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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.

Sensei Fyffe's DNBK 4th Dan certificate and translation

Catherine Eveleigh

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.

Catherine 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.

Sensei Steve and Catherine Sword Suburi 3

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

Mike Selvey (Shihan) and Steve Fyffe Sensei

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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