I started my Aikido training in 2002 with Wigan Aikido Club after noticing a poster at my college advertising classes. I had flirted with other Arts (Judo primarily with some Gung Fu) but never with any real dedication. My previous judo experience assisted my ability to take Ukemi from day one and I was very much thrown in at the deep end – taking ukemi for the instructor on maybe my third or fourth class. Classes were rigorous and relentless, there was always something new to learn and no matter how much you tried you never quite “got it” – like trying to grab mist. It was this “mist grabbing” that captured my interest and to this day, still eludes, frustrates, excites and satisfies me when training.
In 2014, I was promoted to Shodan so Hombu and in 2015, I was promoted to Nidan so Hombu.
In 2017 appointed as General Secretary for the North West Aikikai
Matt McLoughlin, Instructor Kenshikikan
The Kenshikikan Aikido Dojo opened in September 2014. Kenshikikan can be loosely translated as “a Place for first Steps” or “A place to begin”
In early 2017, the Kenshikikan Dojo became a club in its own right – Kenshikikan Aikido Club. The membership took the decision to move away from our then organisation to affiliate with the United Kingdom Aikikai joining House Ren Shin Kan under the technical direction of Philip Smith Shihan.
It is our sincere hope that we can make Aikido a lifetime pursuit for all who wish to study. At the Kenshikikan we try to hold true to the principal of “shoshin” or beginners mind remembering that no matter your grade or experience, there is always something to learn, something to acquire and something to pass on to others. Our training is often relaxed, though it can be tough and demanding at times however, when undertaken with joy and enthusiasm, we all benefit and we all learn together.
For those who want more information, please visit our site at www.wiganaikido.com or alternatively, you can drop us an email [email protected]