Instructors

 

 

Justin Gallagher
4th Dan (SAF)
Coach Level 1
1999: * Started studying Karate at Leicester University under Rick Jackson (8th dan).
2001: * Moved to Osaka, Japan. Started studying Shodokan Aikido in the Hombu (HQ) dojo under Nariyama Testuro (9th dan, president of the Shodokan Aikido Federation).
2002: * Gold medal, kyu grade tanto randori no kata (17 techniques), National Japanese Championships (Osaka, Japan).
2003: * Gold medal, kongo dan tai sen (mixed team event), Aikido World Championships (Leeds, UK).
2004: * Awarded shodan, Shodokan Honbu Dojo, Japan.
2005: * Helped set up York St John University Shodokan Aikido club.
2007: * Bronze medal, goshin no kata, Shodokan National Open (Dartford, UK).
* Gold medal, mixed team randori, National Student Championships (Nottingham, UK).
2008: * Gold medal, goshin no kata, National Student Championships (York, UK).
* Gold medal, tanto randori no kata, National Student Championships (York, UK).
* Gold medal, team randori, National Student Championships (York, UK).
* Bronze medal, individual randori, National Student Championships (York, UK).
* Gold medal, goshin no kata, European Championships - Koshiyama Cup (Geneva, Switzerland).
* Set up the University of Leeds Shodokan Aikido club.
2009: * Gold medal, mixed team randori, Shodokan National Open (Dartford, UK).
* Competed as part of the British Squad at the Aikido world championships (Kyoto, Japan).
2010: * Organised and hosted the Student National Aikido Championships (Leeds, UK).
2011: * Awarded European Instructor Certificate by Nariyama Shihan.
* Competed in the Koshiyama Cup championships (Geneva, Switzerland).
* Competed in the Aikido world championships (London, UK).
2012: * "Back to the roots of Aikido" tour, 3 weeks in Japan with a team from the club.
* Awarded 3rd Dan
2013: * Silver Medal, tanto jyunanahon, Shodokan Open, (Kidbrooke, London).
* Organised and hosted the club's 5th Anniversary Party with seminars from Nariyama Shihan (Leeds, UK).
2017: * Awarded 4th Dan by Nariyama Shihan
 

Toshiki Shiomitsu
3rd Dan (SAF)
Coach Level 1
2001: * Started Aikido.
2009: * Started Shodokan Aikido at the Universty of Leeds.
2011: * Competed in World Championships, London.
* Bronze Medal, team randori. Student nationals, Sheffield.
* Graded to Shodan.
* Coach Level 1.
* Attended Koshiyama Cup, Geneva, Switzerland.
2012: * Bronze Medal, Goshin no Kata.
* Attended Kyogikan top 16 Competition, Sheffield.
* Back to the roots of Aikido tour, Japan.
2013: * Attended Shodokan Open, London.
 

Rachel Johnson
3rd Dan (SAF)
Coach Level 1
 

Khizar Hussain
2nd Dan (SAF)
Coach Level 1
2008: * Started practicing Shodokan Aikido at the University of Leeds Shodokan Aikido club under Justin Gallagher (3rd dan).
2011: * Competed in the Koshiyama Cup (Geneva, Switzerland).
* Awarded Coach Certificate Level 1 by the British Aikido Board
2012: * Spent 3 weeks training at Hombu dojo - Osaka, Japan.
2013: * Competed in the Shodokan Open (Kidbrooke, London)
* Awarded Shodan