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Happy 60th birthday!

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All members of Manchester Dojo would like to congratulate our Sensei David Yates on reaching his milestone 60th birthday today. We are truly grateful for all the years David dedicated to teaching us, guiding us through gradings and making us train hard, and we look forward to many more years with him. He is what […]

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Marsha (Maria) Balaeva

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Marsha joined her first aikido club in Moscow in 1999 and within a year was attending seminars by Miyamoto Sensei, Kuribayashi Sensei and later on Seki Sensei, who curated the dojo to which she moved on to. In 2004 she travelled to Japan to train at Hombu Dojo and at Saku Dojo. Marsha passed her […]

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Marcin Filip

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Marcin started Aikido in December 2011 by joining Wa Go Kan dojo under Yates Sensei. Before joining the club he had been a follower of Shotokan style of Karate in Poland. He passed Shodan in August 2016 Summer School and is a certified coach.

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Umar Saleem

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Umar started Aikido in early 2012 and has been practising under the instruction of Sensei David Yates. He achieved nidan at the 2018 BAF Summer School and is a 2nd level coaching quailification. He has over a decade of previous martial arts experience in both Shotokan style Karate and Jeet Kun Do.