Aikido History - Training in Edinburgh

Some stories of those that went before - Bain Sensei

This was written by me (Simon Thackeray of White Oak Aikido and Reading University Aikido Clubs) without any intention to make any claims as to accuracy or it being any version of a 'complete and true' UK Aikido history. It is based on my own memories of events, written information that I have and my memory of what I have been told. Lots of Aikido people and lots of Aikido events have been omitted because this is only about people and events that interacted with my own development in Aikido and that of the White Oak and Reading University Aikido Clubs, so it is all very much written from my own perspective and only includes what I want to and what I remember right now as I write it. However, if you think anything is seriously inaccurate as opposed to being omitted, then please let me know! Find out more about Aikido history below, or discover martial arts in Berkshire at the White Oak Aikido dojo.

Below is a section on Fiona Bain Sensei - you can use the following links to go to Haydn Foster Sensei, Hamish McFarlane, Andy Allan, Ron Russell and some information about the history of Aikido at Reading University. Saito Sensei and Iwama Aikido were strong influences on me and my Aikido, particularly in the 1980s, so you can also see more about that here.

Fiona Bain Sensei

My first Aikido instructor in Edinburgh as a result of me turning up in response to an advert in the Edinburgh free paper for 'Marshall Arts'. She started teaching Aikido in 1980 just after being graded to 1st dan by Haydn Foster Sensei. Her first club was Holycross Aikido Club, named after the primary school in which it was: thin foam school mats and no changing rooms with a noisy youth club next door. Renamed Yamashita Aiki Rinzai (the school under the mountain) on moving to the St. Philips' Church Hall in Canonmills; the Aikido club later moved to a youth club in Tolcross. Known for being a highly interventionist teacher and really picky about technique - traits I inherited! She also ran an Aikido club at Edinburgh University on Saturday mornings for a while and Mr. Foster directed a course there, where he demonstrated Kumitachi using real katana.

Her partner Robert Brodie also taught Aikido at the club when he wasn't away for work. They were both awarded 3rd dan in 1989 and 4th dan in March 1993.  A few years later around the end of 1996, they both stopped practising Aikido.

This Aikido video shows Fiona Bain Sensei at The Hut dojo in 1988, demonstrating techniques and 31 jo kata partner practice:


This Aikido video shows Robert Brodie Sensei teaching Iriminage at the Aikido Summer School in Durham in 1996:

To find out more about getting involved in the martial art of Aikido in Reading:
Home page of White Oak Aikido in Reading, Berkshire, UK
Info for Beginners at White Oak Aikido Club and at Reading University - some more details about the Aikido clubs and what to expect if you come along.
Aikido Training Times and venues for the Aikido clubs at Reading YMCA, Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall and at Reading University.
Joining White Oak Aikido or Reading University Aikido Club.
or please Contact us if you have any questions about Aikido or the club.
...and here's some more pages about Aikido in the past.


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Fiona Bain Sensei
                                              watching weapons practice
                                              at Treforest Aikido Summer
                                              School
Fiona Bain Sensei watching Aiki-jo practice at the Aikido Summer School in Treforest.

Foster Sensei
                                              throwing Fiona Bain:
                                              Tachidori
Foster Sensei throwing Fiona Bain at the Aikido Summer School in Treforest.

Fiona Bain Sensei
                                              practising Ken Tai Jo
Fiona Bain Sensei
                                              - Ken Tai Jo
Defending a jo
                                              strike - Ken Tai Jo
Typically committed attacks from Fiona Bain Sensei, whilst practising Ken Tai Jo at the Aikido Summer School in Porthcawl in around 1989.

Fiona Bain Sensei
Fiona Bain Sensei after practice.

Robert Brodie
                                              Sensei practising
                                              Koshinage
Robert Brodie Sensei at the Aikido Summer School in Treforest showing koshinage.

A double Koshinage
                                              picture - top Brodie
                                              throws Bain, bottom Bain
                                              throws Brodie
Koshinage at the Aikido Summer School in Treforest.