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SENTA YAMADA SENSEI,  6th Dan Aikido, 6th Dan Judo (1924 - 2010)

 

YAMADA SENSEI - MARGATE 25th February, 2006

YAMADA SENSEI - MARGATE 25th February, 2006

 

YAMADA SENSEI - WANDSWORTH 21st February, 2006

YAMADA SENSEI - WANDSWORTH 21st February, 2006

 

 

YAMADA SENSEI - RAYNES PARK 5th May, 2006

YAMADA SENSEI - RAYNES PARK 5th May, 2006

YAMADA SENSEI - RAYNES PARK 5th May, 2006 YAMADA SENSEI - RAYNES PARK 5th May, 2006

 

YAMADA SENSEI - TOOTING 26th September, 1999

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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.

AIKIDO AID - SENTA YAMADA SENSEI
(Founder and Principle Teacher of Kikusui Kai)

AIKIDO AID - SENTA YAMADA SENSEI

FOOT MOVEMENTS
YAMADA SENSEI - FOOT MOVEMENTS

HAND MOVEMENTS
YAMADA SENSEI - HAND MOVEMENTS

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

 

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.

 

AIKIDO AID - SENTA YAMADA SENSEI & PROFESSOR TOMIKI
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.

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.

AIKIDO AID - SENTA YAMADA SENSEI
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.

 

YAMADA SENSEI's FIRST UK CLASS

AIKIDO AID - SENTA YAMADA SENSEI's 1st UK CLASS
JOHN  WAITE

JOHN WILKINSON

SENTA YAMADA SENSEI's AIKIDO PIONEERS AT STONEHENGE

SENTA YAMADA's AIKIDO PIONEERS @ STONEHENGE
SENTA YAMADA ARCHIE BUSH REX BENLOW JOHN GAY JOHN WAITE
SENTA YAMADA ARCHIE BUSH REX BENLOW JOHN GAY JOHN WAITE

Yamada Sensei returned to England many times after the sixties.  For those fortunate to meet him, all agree that it was an honour to have known such a great, yet peaceful and humble "Gentle" man.

 

YAMADA SENSEI - AIKIDO & JUDO CLIPS

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