7th January                      Kagami Biraki         Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu Dojo 

20th January                   Pre - Dan Grading           Burryport/Pembrey 

17th February                         Trimsaran                Sensei Heidi Hannock

3rd March                               Bargoed                    Sensei Alan Dwyer  

31st March/1st April           Burry Port                Easter Course

14th April                                Cilfynnydd               Shihan Peter Thomas

5th May                                    T0rquay                    Sensei Ray Brown

6th May                                   Plymouth                  Shihan David Worsley

19th May                                 Treorchy                   Mike Williams Kyoshi Shihan (COURSE CANCELLED)

16th June                                Brecon                       Sensei Paul/Becky Funnel 

7th July                                    Burry Port               Weapons Course 

21st July                                  Bridgend                   Shihan Jim Barnett

18th - 24thth August            Burry Port                Summer School 

15th September                     Torquay                    Sensei Ray Brown

16th September                      Plymouth                 Shihan David Worsley

29th September                    Oakdale                    Shihan peter Thomas

13th October                         Treorchy                  Laura Williams Renshi Shidoin 

1st December                         Burry Port              Insructor Course

Other Budo Events (dates to be advised) :

DNBK UK SHIBU R.T. - OCTOBER 20th 2018 (for eligible DNBK members in good standing) Venue Maidstone Kent. Please contact Kyoshi Williams for info'. 

Misogi Beach Training - JUNE 10th 2018Assemble at Aberavon Beach at 10.30am

Kagami Biraki – Completed 7th January

Ref:  See Grading List for dates of Grading and YuDansha Testing for Treorchy Aiki Ryu and DNBK.

See also YuDansha Course list for dates  

Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society Summer School 2018   

Successful Yudansha Recipients 2018

After a week long Summer School with Aikidoka from various parts of the UK and beyond,  Yudansha (black belt) grading/testing was conducted on the 25th August 2018. The following participants were successful in their various grades and promotions:


Helen Lonsborough

Neil Scott

James Scale 

Alan Brooks

Rhys Allen

Morris Watson (honorary)

Stephen Clemas (honorary)


Becky Funnell

Paul Funnell


Bryn Powis


Mark La Grange


Derek Johnson

So- Shihan

Mike Williams

Congratulations to them all and well done!!  

* See gallery for more photos of Summer School



Sunday YuDansha Classes 2017 held at Treorchy Aiki Ryu Dojo


11th February

11th March

22nd April

13th May

10th June

15th July

12th August

9th September

14th October

11th November

9th December 


Congratulations to Hywel Port on receiving his  Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (Kyoto, Japan) Nidan Certification in Aikido - April 2018.

Like most  all of the Yudansha at Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu, Hywel Sensei has respective Yudansha Aikido Certification in Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu, Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society and Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, WELL DONE HYWEL!!! your testing was of a 'high standard'.Congratulations to Mike Williams Kyoshi Shihan on receiving his  So-Shihan at Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society Summer School in August 2018

Congratulations to  Kyoshi Shihan Mike Williams on achieving his promotion to  Sho Shihan with the Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society at Summer School in August 2018.

Mike with Soke David Gwynne Jones receiving his award

Congratulations to Matthew Rhys Jones and David Rees on achieving their 1st Kyu (brown belt) following testing/grading on 1st September 2018.Their grading took place at Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu and covered many Taijutsu Kata and Traditional Aiki Weapons including Aiki Ken, Aiki Jo and Iai Aiki. Also, Ki development exercises in their relationship to taijutsu was demonstrated, some Aikijujutsu, grappling, strangleholds , Randori and multiple attacks and much more of the Japanese Classical Budo as well as Aikido. The grading was of an exceptionally high standard and lasted for a duration nearly 2 hours.

Both Matt and Dai made us all very proud and their grading was thoroughly deserved . WELL DONE BOTH!! 

Dai and Matt (above) with their certificates with some of the instructors and uke's

Congratulations to Christopher Poole on achieving his Shin-Gi-Tai  Aikido NiDan .

Well done Chris thouroughly desrerved !!

Mike Shihan with Chris with his Nidan Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Certificate 

Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu Promotions/Gradings/Testing 14h December 2017

Congratulations to the following who passed their recent Yudansha testing/grading in Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu in addition to their Shin-Gi-Tai grades:

Peyton Clemas, Hywel Port, David Edwards and Wayne Lear - NIDAN

Gareth Cull - GODAN

Also congratulations to Gareth Cull Sensei on being awarded Student of the Year 2017.

Congratulations to Laura Williams Renshi on being awarded the Team Leader Skills award for leading a team to the  DNBK French BS in August 2017 at Clermont Ferrand.

Congratulations to David Edwards and Hywel Port on achieving their Instructor Award for Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu

Congratulations to Christopher Poole on achieving his Assistant Instructor award for Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu

Congratulations to Laura Williams Renshi and Kerry Haddrel Sensei on receiving their certification as Senior Instructor with Treorchy Aiki Ryu.

Congratulations to Roger Green Sensei on receiving his certification as Technical Yudansha Advisor for Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu

Congratulations to Matthew Rhys Jones and David Rees on passing their 3kyu gradings on 22nd April 2017.

Congratulations to Chris Poole on achieving his coaching award in August 2017 with the BAB. Well done Chris.

Congratulations to Peyton Clemas, Hywel Port and David Edwards on passing their Nidan at Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society Summer School 2017 Yudansha Gradings. 

Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Promotion/Ranking and Certification 2018//2019

Congratulations to the following on achieving their promotion ranking with DNBK ID:

David Edwards - Nidan

Hywel Port  -  Nidan

Steven Frank Williams - Yondan (also of Bridgend Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Club) 

Gareth Cull  - Godan

Future Grading Dates

Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu Yudansha Gradings/Testing - To be advised as follows :   

Christopher Poole - NiDan Testing Treorchy Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu and testing for Dai Nippon Butoku Kai ID December 2018. 

Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Promotion/Ranking and Certification 2016//2017

Congratulations to the following DNBK Group members of Treorchy  Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Ryu who recently received the following grades and official rankings.

Stephen Roberts YonDan

Patricia Lewis Yondan (also of Bridgend Shin-Gi-Tai Aiki Club)

Mark George-Wright  NiDan (also of Oakdale Aikido Club)

Welcome to the following - New DNBK General Members

Steven Frank Williams

Christopher Poole

Peyton Clemas

Authentic Samurai Titles issued by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai :-

Kyoshi  - Master Teacher (trainer of warriors)

Renshi - Man/person of high attainment (highly skilled warrior)


Congratulations to Laura Renshi and her team on their success in Clermont-Ferrand in August 2017 attending the DNBK FRENCH BS and achieving such high honours.

Congratulations to David , Peyton and Hywel on obtaining their Nidan grades at the Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society Dan Grading in August 2017.

All three are shown above with their certificates. Well Done all!!!!