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SENTA YAMADA
(Founder and Principle Teacher of Kikusui Kai)

A MAN TO REMEMBER!

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  • Click on the left hand frame to see Yamada Sensei in action in Japan, before he came to the UK.  This footage was filmed during the 1950's.  He demonstrates his teaching skills as he coaches a student through Unsoku.  He also shows elements of the Basic 15, as originally devised by Professor Tomiki.

  • To celebrate 40 years of Tomiki Aikido in the UK, Yamada Sensei demonstrated a variety of techniques against two attackers with and without weapons.  This "Festival of Budo" took place in London in the autumn of 1999.  Click on the left hand lower frame to start the action.  For the full and televised report, click on the right hand frame.

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.

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.

(click on the frames below to start the 1959 film clips)

YAMADA SENSEI - AIKIDO & JUDO CLIPS

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.

 

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11-Feb-13


        

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