Ramlan Ortega Sensei started learning Aikido in the year 1995 and at the end of the year 1997, he was graded to 1st Dan black belt by Kancho Inoue Kyoichi Sensei who was then the Headmaster of International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation, Japan. In early 1998, Ramlan Ortega Sensei became a student of Thamby Rajah Sensei. A…

The Aikido Shudokan was the first Yoshinkan style dojo in Australia, founded by Joe Thambu Shihan in 1980, and has schools in Thornbury, Springvale, Fitzroy, Williamstown and a new dojo in Heidelberg West opening soon, teaching men, women and children. The style of Aikido is a dynamic and self-defence effective system of throwing, joint-locks, strikes…

Thamby-Raja-SenseiThe history of Shudokan begins with Thamby Rajah Sensei. Known as “the Founder of Aikido in Malaysia”. Thamby Sensei began his Martial Arts career with the study of Judo. Travelling to Japan to further his studies, Thamby Sensei trained under Harayoshi Ichijima Sensei and Mifune Kyuso Sensei, who was 10th Dan and one of the…

Soke Gozo Shioda was born in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 1915. His father, Shioda Seiichi was a prominent pediatrician and medical academic, who, having a penchant for martial arts, had constructed a dojo and named it Yoshinkan or “House of cultivating the spirit”. Various teachers were invited to demonstrate and instruct there. He enthusiastically began practicing…

Adams also came to understand how important it was that his carefully crafted photos were reproduced to best effect. At Bender’s invitation, he joined the prestigious Roxburghe Club, an association devoted to fine printing and high standards in book arts.

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