Rising Sun Aikido
Traditional Ueshiba style Aikido self defence club
Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England
News and Events
May 2011 - BAB Young Persons' National Course
The first National Course run by the British Aikido Course specifically for 'teenagers', which was organised by Rising Sun Aikido's club Sensei Phil Benge and hosted at the Campus Dojo, is featured heavily in the July 2011 edition of the BAB's newsletter the 'Aikido Times'.
Over 50 young people attended the course with four BAB instructors (including Sensei 'H') each leading a 50-minute Aikido session.
The article, which includes several photos of the event, ends by saying "The BAB (and Phil in particular) can be very proud of this event."
July 2011 - Dan Grading
Congratulations to Sensei Al for obtaining his Nidan (2nd Dan) and congratulations to Paul, Jamie and Chantal for passing their Shodan (1 st Dan).
I would also like to thank Sensei's H, Chris, Mike, and John for all their work and help as well as Sesnei Pete and Sensei Larbi for their time and adding their knowledge.
Paul, Chris and Luke did a great job as uke's and worked very hard.
The day showed how a group of Aikidoka's with various stlyes and opinions can get together and make Aikido really work.
Well done to everyone.
Phil Benge (Club Sensei)
October 2010 - Sensei Phil Benge awarded his Yondan (4th degree black belt)
Whilst attending a recent Aikido seminar in October, Rising Sun Aikido Sensei Phil Benge was awarded his Yondan (4th degree black belt) by Robert Mustard Sensei 7th Dan
Sensei Phil Benge said that he was both surprised and deeply honoured to receive the award from such a highly respected Aikidoka as Robert Mustard Sensei.
October 2010 to October 2011 - Chris Gee Sensei is writing a blog
In preparation for his Sandan on the 1st October 2011 Sensei Chris Gee has decided to write a blog to record his 'technical and mental changes before the event'.
Sensei Chris Gee has called his blog 'Aikido Shugyo: Tracking my progress in Aikido' and goes on to say that he will use the blog to help him reflect on his current abilities and move these on before his Sandan.
To follow Sensei Chris Gee's blog simply visit the following link http://keikoshokonaikido.blogspot.com/.
May 2009 - Presentation of gifts to Phil Benge Sensei
Three videos taken during the closing presentation of the May Day bank holiday weekend course held at the Campus, Weston-Super-Mare have been uploaded to YouTube. The first video shows the presentation of gifts to Sensei Philip Benge from members of the Rising Stars kid's Aikido club and the second video shows the presentation of a sword to Sensei Philip Benge from members, parents and friends of the United Traditional Aikido Association of clubs. A third and slightly longer video filmed from the opposite angle is also available to view on YouTube.
A montage of photographs taken during the two day course has also been placed on YouTube.
People with a fast enough internet connection should press the 'HQ' button (if available) at the bottom right of the YouTube screen to view the videos at the highest quality.