Shihan Peter Downs 7th DAN
Peter is head of the Norfolk branch of takemusu aikido kai in the UK.
His aikido career spans over 35 years. He started studying aikido in the early 1980s and was awarded his 7th Dan by the Japanese headquarters in 2017. He has made a number of contributions to the British Aikido Board's publication "Aikido Times"
Sensei Andy Jenkins 2nd DAN
Andy joined Takemusu Aikido Kai Norwich in 2012 having achieved 1st Dan level while training in Preston. He received an accelerated grading schedule in recognition of his prior training and his consistent and respectful attitude to our style. He was awarded 1st Dan in January 2015 and 2nd Dan in the summer of 2017.
Beata balla 2nd DAN
Bea originally joined the Norwich group in 2009 having trained in her native Hungary and achieved 4th kyu level. She returned to Hungary in 2013 where she continued to train, achieving 1st kyu. She returned to the UK in 2017 and in recognition of her advanced skills was awarded 1st Dan. She has been regularly coaching classes during 2018 and in 2019 was awarded her 2nd Dan.
SHIHAN Richard Simms 8th dan
Sensei Richard has been studying aikido for over 40 years and is the head of takemusu aikido kai in the UK. Based in Bristol he regularly visits Norwich for seminars. Richard sensei was awarded 8th Dan by the Japan HQ of our organisation in 2014.