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SENTA YAMADA SENSEI - WITH HIS FRIENDS
Senta Yamada Sensei with his friends


SENTA YAMADA

(Founder and Principle Teacher of Kikusui Kai)

FOOT MOVEMENTS
FOOT MOVEMENTS - Yamada Sensei
HAND MOVEMENTS
HAND MOVEMENTS - Yamada Sensei

(click on above frames to start samples of the original 1959 film clips)

Senta Yamada was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1924. 

As a Graduate of Kobe Marine University he began to practice Judo in middle school, and received his 1st Dan at the age of 16.

He became an outstanding competitive judoka, eventually reaching the rank of 6th dan under the founder of Judo, Dr Jigaro Kano.

Yamada sensei's name appears along side the famous in the historic Sekiryu kan Dojo, as one who completed the session of 1000 throws.

Dr Kano sent Yamada sensei to study Aikido with Morihei Ueshiba Sensei after the war.  As a live-in student he began private training with the founder in Wakayama Prefecture.

Yamada sensei later returned to Tokyo where he met and began training with Professor Kenji Tomiki whose approach and training system in Aikido had a major influence on his thinking.

Professor Tomiki rises from the mat as he throws Yamada sensei

Through his training and association with these great men, Yamada Sensei has obtained knowledge and insights into the art of Aikido and Judo that few, if any, persons have today. Yamada Sensei's mastery of the art, his efficient and powerful body movement and his natural teaching ability is inspirational.


Yamada Sensei's First UK Class

In 1961 he first published his book "THE ANCIENT SECRETS OF AIKIDO", this was reprinted in 1962 and then revised and reprinted in 2004.   His book published jointly with Alex Macintosh in 1966, "The Principles and Practice of Aikido", was the first extensive presentation of Tomiki Aikido in the English language and is currently out of print.

Yamada sensei left England in 1965 leaving his original students (to name a few) John Waite, John Wilkinson, John Gay, Jim Elkin, Bill Lawrence, Alex Macintosh,  and later Dr Loi Lee to carry forward his inspiration.

Yamada Sensei is joined by George Chew, Alex Macintosh, John Waite and Eric Domini at the BBC Television Studios

International Judo players and highly respected Judo coaches, George Chew and Eric Domini were the co-founders of what was originally called The South London Judo Society in St Oswald's Place, Kennington.  Later the word South was dropped and it became known as the London Judo Society which was fondly referred to as the LJS.

 

Since those early days Yamada sensei has been involved in several projects of humanitarian aid to people in countries which need help.  He is currently involved in helping the government of Sri Lanka feed it's people and grow it's economy by providing information on new farming techniques being used in Japan that are designed to increase crop yields. 

He has set up a Dojo there, where students study, regularly train and enjoy the benefits of his unique style of Aikido.

He has returned to England many times since the sixties and it is always an honour to meet such a great, yet peaceful and humble "Gentle" man.

SRI LANKA AIKIDO

This is the start of the new venture to help the people of Sri Lanka.  Yamada sensei has helped to set up a school for Aikido.

He has achieved this by assisting a Japanese institution called Sputnik International.  This was established to promote cultural exchange between Japan and Sri Lanka.  They call it the "Sputnik Senior Centre".  In 2003 they celebrated with an opening ceremony.

Whilst Yamada Sensei was looking for a mat supplier for the Dojo (Sports Centre).  He visited a factory which makes tatami from coconuts, a sample of which is being shown. The photo was taken at the factory. Unfortunately, Yamada Sensei and the factory could not agree on the price of the mats.

 Since returning to Japan he has continued his search for mats.  Very recently, Sekiryu kan (the dojo in the Zen temple in Fukuoka, in which Yamada Sensei's ancestors are buried) replaced their mats with new ones.  The old mats were offered to Yamada Sensei for Sri Lanka. These mats are now in the process of being shipped to the country and hopefully the people in Sri Lanka will receive the mats in a few weeks time. 

 

Yamada sensei demonstrates his unique style of Aikido on their first Sports Day.

YAMADA SENSEI - AIKIDO & JUDO CLIPS - HIS MEMORY LIVES ON

 

SENTA YAMADA MEMORIAL PLAQUE

UNVEILED IN MARGATE (UK)
15th August, 2011

Fumiaki Shishida (centre)
Shogo Yamaguchi     Masanobu Kitayama              Tadayuki Sato     Adrian Tyndale

 

 

 

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