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Aikido and Budo Japanese Martial Arts School in the Norwich and East Anglia Area and Cane throughout the UK
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....!
GRIFFIN - The Aiki Dog
Griffin's Page
SYKES'S - The Aiki Dog (II)
All about Sykes the Guide dog and what he does
Whats new to the website
KOBUDO - Weapons in Martial Arts training
Description of Japanese weapons system taught in budo dojo
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.
Sensei Steve and Tsunami Yodokan pictures
pictures from Sensei's visits to our club
JU-JITSU DOJO - Ishin Ryu Renmei
A wonderful Organisation for whom I enjoy teaching aikido for .
CANE DOJO - and where to find them
Where cane training is happening throughout the UK
CANE MASTERS International Association
The Cane Masters Exercise, Self Defense and An Add on to your Martial Art Style
THE UNIVERSAL CANE - Japanese style cane with disabilities in mind
The Yodokan's Universal Cane based on Japanese weapons: examples: Sword, Jo, Bo etc. and Japanese style of Martial Arts. Easily suited for those with varing disabilities and working with Cane Masters UK and USA.
Inspirational articles about people with disabilities who train and have trained in Martial arts and issues regarding people with disabilities and help to those who teach.
Starting Aikido as a Mature Person Article
a view from an older person's Aikido
Student Teacher Relationship Article
An article that tries to answer certain questions "what do you think"....!
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
The Waterfall Page
Everything to do with Waterfalls, Waterfall Meditation and much much more......!
Aikido Mukyokan International, Jersey
A page that twins with Jersey to bring martial arts, Sports and people with Disabilities together with the solidarity of the Main UK and of the Channel Isles and Jersey and beyond.
Aiki Extensions
Aikido - A way of life
Click here! to find out more about this charity and how they help blind (Visually Impaired) do exactly what they want to do.
Blind Zen
A page that shows what blind people (Visual Impaired) can do in the Martial Arts, and also shows that I am not the only one!!
The Terry Taylor Memorial Judo Competition Page
This page will have full details about the Judo Competition named above with pictures, Reports and other information. This will be an annual event....WATCH THIS SPACE
Our Favourite Judo Club
We have decided to follow one of the Judo Clubs in the Norfolk area. This page will have details and links with all that is going on within the WJC.


The aim of this page is to:

1 help those with Disabilities and encourage them to take up Aikido.

2 To help and give as much information to Aikido instructors who would like to teach or know some one who is disabled who would like to take up Aikido but does not know where to start. 3
To give useful Names and addresses of Organizations who are experienced in a particular disability who may be able to give advice as and where necessary.
the Disability Discrimination act, every person with a Disability has a right to access and obtain information to any activity sport shops and all things in life that So-Called Normal people take for granted.

Jon Stokoe 5th Dan

Several years ago whilst teaching a class I observed a young man who was watching the class from a wheelchair. I could see from the centre of my Aikido mat that he was very interested in what was going on.

During a break for cold drinks I had the opportunity to have a conversation with him.
After introducing ourselves to each other I learned that he had been watching several of my classes looking through a window so he would not be seen. He explained that he was very shy and it took a lot of courage to actually come into the practice room.

He said that although he could see the Aikido demonstrations, he could not hear what was being said and his curiosity to find out more brought him into the room.
He said that although he could see the Aikido demonstrations, he could not hear what was being said and his curiosity to find out more brought him into the room.
I have practices with and taught the none sighted, people with hearing loss also students without speech, at some point over the last 25 years, I said to him Whats stopping you taking up Aikido.)
I said you have already taken several lessons just by observing, so you have actually visually and mentally started to be a martial artist. He said I never thought about it like that. He thanked me and said he would think about it and left the room to go back with his friends in an adjoining room.

After the break I told the class that I was going to do a demonstrate Aikido from a chair
Which was duly placed in the middle of the mat by my assistant. After explaining to the class that Aikido is possible to be practiced by anyone even if they have disabilities,
The only proviso is it is up to the instructor to access the students limits (he/she may need a Doctors approval, say for a heart condition) so common sense is an issue.

I duly did the demo from the chair which required only upper body movements and doing so noticed from the corner of my eye my friend again watching from afar.

Peter was hooked and the next lesson was his first. After helping him out of his chair we found that his best and most comfortable place was the safety of the corner of the matted area. It is taught that at the end of each technique students change partners so Peter trained with everyone including myself from his corner of the mat. He had a white Aikido suit on during practice and if he could he would have gone home wearing it because he was so proud.

This is the beauty of Aikido.
It does not require vision or to hear it only requires you to be able to feel.
If a leg is disabled, you have upper body movement as in Peters case.
If blind you can sense touch.

Of course there are limitations but that is down to the instructor and support staff to determine.

After some time he took Gradings in the art of Aikido. His Grading was no different from anyone else (only modified to his needs).

Feb 2007 (c)

Please Click here for the Royal National Institute for the Blind Website

Click here for The Royal National Institute For the Deaf

The Disability Martial Arts Association Charity website.

Another Martial Artist, who is So-Called Disabled....! I have a lot of time and respect for him, his name is Bob Banham.

A Blind Martial Artist Kaicho Roisin Pitman, a 5th Dan (Aikido) in Jersey

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