winter-courseI am returning in Europe this winter for the first time in two years. I will take this opportunity to instruct several classes and seminars in several dojos in France and in the United Kingdom. The details are still being arranged for some of them and I will regularly add the information on this page as it gets confirmed to me. Classes are open to anyone, regardless of style or association. Please do not hesitate to join us!


Sunday 15th december - Cambridge (United Kingdom)

cambridge 1Christmas course at the Cambridge Aiki Dojo with Guillaume Erard, 4th Dan Aikikai. Open to all practitioners.

This seminar will mark my first return to Cambridge in 10 years. This experience was significant for me as it was my first formal practice in an Aikikai dojo. This seminar will be a nice opportunity to share what I have learned since I left Britain.

The seminar will be co-headed by Glynn Davies (4th Dan Aikikai, 50 years of Aikido) and Guillaume Erard (4th Dan Aikikai) and followed by a Christmas Party.

  •  Date : 15th December from 14h00 to 17h00
  •  Location : Chesterton Sports Centre Gilbert Road Cambridge CB4 3NY United Kingdom
  •  Fee : £6 for adults, £4 for children, students, and unemployed.
  •  To get there: From Cambridge train station, take the bus line Citi 1 and stop at "Chesterton" in front of Gurney way (~15 min)
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  •  Phone : Britta Kleinsorge on +44 (0) 7800 784 777 or +44 (0) 1223 315109 
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Sunday 15
Aikido seminar
We will have a little party at "The Waterman" afterwards - please indicate if you would like to join us for this. Buffet dinner likely to be £10 per head (£5 for juniors).


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Wednesday 18th December - Verdun (France)

verdun1Private class open to all.

  •  Date : Wednesday 18th December from 19h00 to 21h00
  •  Location : DOJO de la Galavaude rue Jean Bouin 55100 VERDUN


Saturday 21st December - Besançon (France)

Hostel Dieu BeauneSeminar at the Gonojukan in Besançon. Open to all.

This will be my third time teaching at the Gonojukan, a Dojo affiliated to the FFAAA and founded by Aurore Mamet and Stephane Gaiffe. You can read a report of my first seminar at the Gonojukan back in 2009.

For visitors arriving on the 20th, we can organize a visit of the old city of Beaune and a tasting of some of Burgundy's greatest wines at Maison Patriarche. If interested, please contact me to get the booking.

  •  Date : Saturday 21st December 2013 from 14h00 to 17h00.
  •  Location : Complexe Sportif des Torcols - 3 chemin des torcols 25000 Besançon France
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  •  Phone : Aurore Mamet +33 (0)6 72 52 79 85 or Stéphane Gaiffe +33 (0)6 79 04 76 37 
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Friday 20th
Visit of the old city of de Beaune and of its Medieval Hospices
Tasting of de 13 great wines of Burgundy at Maison Patriarche (15.00 €)
Visit of the Christmas market in Dijon
Saturday 21st
Visit of the citadel of Besançon (built by Vauban)
Aikido seminar


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Friday 27 December - Brussels (Belgium)

verdun1Seminar open to all.

When considering Aikido in Belgium, a name that often comes up is that of Stéphane Crommelynck. This is due to the hard work that it provides to bring renown Japanese masters over such as Yoshinori Kono and Akira Hino, as well as the young generation of french teachers such as Michael Martin and Leo Tamaki. I have been in contact with Stéphane via our respective blogs for some time and he recently asked me to take the opportunity of one of my trips to Belgium to teach a course in his region. Given the caliber of the people say he usually receives, I was a little intimidated and rather reluctant to accept but the friendliness and openness of Stéphane made me change my mind.


  •  Date : Friday 27 December 2013 from 19h30 to 21h30
  •  Location : Dojo Acepo, 91 rue Metsys, 1030 Brussels, Belgium
  •  Price : €15


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  •  Telephone : Stéphane Crommelynck on +32 (0) 473 63 99 30
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Guillaume Erard
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Founder of the site in 2007, Guillaume has a passion for Japanese culture and martial arts. After having practiced Judo during childhood, he started studying Aikido in 1996, and Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in 2008. He currently holds the ranks of 4th Dan in Aikido (Aikikai) and 2nd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu (Takumakai). Guillaume is also passionate about science and education and he holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology since 2010. He currently lives in Tokyo and works as a consultant for medical research. > View Full Profile

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