This was the first demonstration of
Tomiki Aikido ever seen in England and from that time on John became
Yamada Senseiís senior student and friend.
It was in the early 60s, when Yamada
Sensei opened his own dojo in North London that the Kikusui Kai was
born. John and several of his students moved with him. From
then until 1965 they were able to continue their Judo and Aikido
studies under his careful tuition.
When Yamada sensei decided to return
to Japan in 1965 the running of the dojo was left to three of his
senior students Peter Martin, Cliff Baker-Brown and John Waite.
Peter and Cliff took charge of the Judo and John, because of his
commitments in other dojo's, was given the responsibility for the
Aikido teaching. Unfortunately, due to economic pressures they had
to close the dojo but still continued to teach in various other
From 1951 through to today John has
continued to practice and teach both Judo and Aikido.
Over the years John has held various
teaching and coaching post in both activities.
British Judo Association Area Coach
for the whole of the South of England, which included Surrey,
Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Channel islands.
British Aikido Association National
Coach for Aikido.
Tutor for both Judo and Aikido for
the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA), from 1973 until it
disbandment in 1986.
During this time John also managed to
attend a branch of the London University to become a qualified
teacher in Craft Design Technology from 1969-72.
Over the years he has travelled to
many countries around the world teaching Aikido and Judo. In October
2002 John moved to New Zealand and is continuing teaching and
spreading the word of Aikido and Judo and all its benefits and
through these activities the spirit and true meaning of the Kikusui
In 2006 John was granted Shihan status by the Japan
Aikido Association - Shidokan Division (A Honbu Dojo for Tomiki
Aikido). In 2010 John was awarded his 8th Dan by the Japan