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Ray Munns 3rd Dan, BAB Coach Level 1

Ray throwing a uke

I began Aikido in 1986 to replace the competition I'd lost on retiring from sport. I learned quickly that Aikido is about competition... but with oneself! My sensei were Alan Sanders and Roger Nye. I thank them for their perseverance and compassion. Although both retired from aikido practice they will always number among my friends.

In 1999 I was tested for Sho-dan by Aubrey Smith sensei, a long wait during which time my original sensei had retired and I was given responsibility for Milton Keynes Seishin Club. I had approached Aubrey for his guidance; only because of his help and advice did I continue along the path of Aikido.

I achieved Coach status in 2000. To all my past sensei I have a debt of gratitude; for instilling within me an understanding of the importance of harmony during aikido practice and life; of doing aikido WITH people and not TO them. Many others from the world of aikido have helped me; sensei, dohai and kohai. In 2000 Keith Downs sensei joined Milton Keynes Seishin. In addition to introducing us into the Lancashire Aikikai Keith added more elements to my aikido

In 2002 Keith arranged for me to test for Ni-dan. In September 2006, with Keith's sponsorship, I attained San-dan following examination by our Principal, Mr. Bob Spence, Sensei. Each rewarding plateau of achievement in Aikido is followed by another intriguing, entrancing, learning curve. Although I feel more experienced in my Aikido I am constantly amazed by just how much there is still to learn…

Now, having 'retired' to Anglesey I continue along O Sensei's path with my club, Aikido Môn.

 

 

Ray doing Aikido

Chris Cook 1st Dan, BAB Coach Level 1

Chris Cook

Following an initial 12 years of Tae Kwon Do, I started my Aikido journey in 1983 with the Ellis School of Traditional Aikido and achieved 1st Kyu in 1987.

My 32 year career in Sport, Culture & Leisure required numerous relocations throughout the UK and this enabled me to found and develop three Aikido Clubs within Scotland. My profession enabled me to focus on Martial Arts development and deliver International Multi Martial Arts events and in 1997 I received the SALC Award for service to Martial Arts.

In 2012 I retired and relocated to Anglesey, later that year I joined Aikido Mon under the expert guidance of Keith Downs Sensei and Ray Munns Sensei, I currently hold BAB CL1, First Aid & Child Protection Certificates

 

Keith Downs 5th Dan

Aikido Môn sadly notes the death, in Spring 2018, of Senior Instructor, Keith Downs, Sensei.

This has been a distressing time for his friends and students.

Keith, with Ray Munns, began Aikido Môn in 2012; Keith's death has left a wound that will take time to heal. However, as Keith would have wished, Aikido Môn continues, under the tutelage of coaches Ray Munns and Chris Cook who look forward to continuing Keith's high standards.

During his Aikido life Keith continually progressed under the direction of various leaders of the Lancashire Aikido Association finally attaining 5th Dan from the current Principal, Robert Spence, Sensei, 6th Dan.

The year preceding his death Keith was promoted to Chief Instructor of the Lancashire Aikikai. Keith had also trained in Japan with the previous head of the World Aikido Foundation.

In his retirement, here in Ynys Môn, and alongside his involvement in the Lancashire Aikikai, Keith continued enjoying and teaching aikido until his untimely death in March 2018.

 

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