What is Sanchin Aikido UK?
It's a study group formed to train and learn the Japanese martial art of aikidō. The group aims to help members grow and develop while exploring what aikidō has to offer.
Each member brings their own strengths and history; instructors they studied under, experience training with different people, or in different martial arts. The group helps bring these unique perspectives together to share. The goal is to expand skill-sets, try new things, polish and refine techniques, and have fun!
Who are We?
The hope is that the study group grow will grow to encompass many people, and that it can welcome many guests to train, but here is a little bit about a few of the group members, in their own words.
I started training aikidō in November 2001 under William Andrew Sensei. Since then I have had the privilege to practice with hundreds of people, and it has taught me to value different perspectives as a way to grow and evolve my skills.
Since February 2017 I have also been studying Musō Shinden-ryū and ZNKR Seitei iaidō under Billy Smart.
I work in IT, but in my free time I day-dream about martial arts and terrorise others with awful puns.
Why the Name Sanchin?
Sanchin (三戦) means "three battles", usually interpreted as the struggle to unify mind, body, and spirit. Everyone faces adversity at points in their lives, and it can be challenging to overcome these obstacles, particularly as it has to come alongside muddling through understanding and growing as a person at the same time as pushing for success.
Continually striving to find and maintain a balance between the sometimes conflicting needs of the mind, body, and spirit is one way to ease your journey through life. No-one is born with the understanding necessary to know themselves, or with the knowledge to perfect their body, or with an instruction manual to guide them to things that will lift their spirits. Everyone must learn as they go, and this is difficult. By fighting these "battles" everyone can find the strength to take on life's challenges in their own way.