Senshin Dojo, Glasgow
Senshin Dojo is located in the city centre of Glasgow (Scotland). We provide a safe, supportive and creative training environment to study the Japanese martial art of aikido.
At the Senshin Dojo, we principally follow the teaching and technical direction of Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan (7th Dan; Boulder Aikikai, USA) with emphasis on his internal elements. Members train with a sense of purpose to develop the principles of 'Aiki' to resolve conflict rather than physical power or direct confrontation. We strive to polish and refine the martial aspects of aikido's techniques to allow them to remain effective but not destructive. Furthermore, we try to develop a stronger link between aikido's principles as demonstrated in the dojo with what we do in our daily lives.
Rob Brew, 4th dan
Rob established Senshin Dojo in 2010, was awarded BAB coach level 1 in 2011 and in 2015 received the rank of 4th Dan.
In his own words:
I've been fortunate to practise with a number of great teachers from all styles of aikido, all of which have informed my aikido practice in one way or another. However, only one teacher has had a profound affect on my aikido, that teacher is Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan. On my journey home after my first seminar with Ikeda sensei in 2013, I knew I had to re-evaluate my approach to aikido in order to make it 'honest'. With the guidance and patience of John Burn sensei (Ikeda sensei’s senior UK student), I started the slow journey of stripping back my aikido to its fundamentals. This required; retooling the body, changing kata and improving ukemi. I like to say this transition was straightforward, it wasn’t! However, with the support and belief of all the instructors and students at Senshin Dojo, together we made the change. The aikido we now practise is simply awesome!
I continue to travel to practise with students of all styles of aikido as well as bringing distinguished aikidoka (and related arts) to come and share their experiences and expertise with Senshin Dojo members.