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Instructor Profile - Andrew THOMPSON

Iaido Yondan [2017] - Australian Kendo Renmei

 

Jodo Yondan [2016] - Australian Kendo Renmei

Kyudo Nidan [2016] - Australian Kyudo Federation

Aikido Shodan - International Aikido Federation

Iaido & Jodo History

Andrew commenced Iaido and Jodo training in 2008 under the guidance of Damon and Brendan at Kuroyama Budokai where he is now an instructor in both.

​He has attended Australian Kendo Renmei Iaido and Jodo Seminars and has the following national championships results:

  • 2016 Jodo Championships (Perth) - Dan pairs kata- 1st place

  • 2015 Jodo Championships (Canberra) - Dan pairs kata- 1st place

  •   2014 Jodo Championships (Brisbane) - Dan pairs kata - 1st place

                                                                              - 3rd Dan / 4th Dan  individual kata - 2nd place​

  •   2012 Jodo Championships (Sydney) - Dan pairs kata - 1st place

  •    2012 Iaido Championships (Sydney) - 1st Dan individual kata - 1st place

  •   2012 Jodo Championships (Sydney) - Dan pairs kata - 1st place

  •   2010 Jodo Championships (Perth) - 2nd Kyu pairs kata - 2nd place

Aikido History

 

Andrew initially commenced training in Aikido at the Australian National University in 1990 while completing a BA degree in Asian Studies (Japanese).  On completion of the degree Andrew was successful in obtaining a place on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) and worked in the Regional Government Office in Suwa City in Nagano Prefecture for a period of three years. 

 

While living in Suwa Andrew established an Aikido Club in 2000 with interested local people in Chino City under the guidance of Shihan Seishiro Endo Sensei.  The club currently consists of several members that have obtained the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) practicing Aikikai Aikido in the style of Endo Sensei.

Kyudo History

 

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