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We are pleased to announce that on his recent visit to Japan Shihan Riley was able to promote Sensei John Pryce to the grade of Godan, following the high level of technique he demonstrated, his adherence to the ethos and principles followed by the White Rose Aikikai and his ability to disseminate these principles to his students. Many congratulations go to Sensei Pryce from all the White Rose students and instructors.

Congratulations to all who passed their gradings on Thursday evening.

6th Kyu
Clive Barrett
Jacob Odu

5th Kyu
Clive Barrett
Clive Cresswell
Adam Lees
Jacob Odu
Andrew Sugden

3rd Kyu
Matthew Boyes

2nd Kyu
Amy Tyler

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the evening The turnout was excellent across all ranks and clubs! Particular mention to Sensei Chapman and his students from Hyde, and also Sensei Elphick and the students from Durham, who travelled so far.

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Welcome to the White Rose Aikikai

White Rose Aikikai is part of the BAB (British Aikido Board). It was formed in 1979 by Shane Riley Shihan, 7th Dan, to promote and foster the practice and spirit of Traditional Aikido as originated by O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba.

The association enjoys links with many Aikido organisations and individual high-ranking instructors in the UK and throughout the world, which enables it to fulfil its primary aims.

These are the further development of Aikido through the individual's commitment to its principles and philosophy, and conversely, the development of the individual through a lifetime study of Aikido.

Within White Rose the emphasis is placed on dynamic and effective technique, although all aspects of Traditional Aikido are taught.

In practising Aikido students are encouraged to maintain standard rules of etiquette on the mat. The enjoyment of training is enhanced by a positive and enthusiastic spirit, a high standard of dress and behaviour  and a respect for all other students.