practice was becoming more difficult owing to the different styles of teaching and things had to change. I   remember   thinking   this   was   a   positive   move   on   the   part   of   the   members,   I   believe   they   had   the   good   of   the   Dojo   at   heart.   We asked   the   delegation   if   they   had   a   solution.   To   our   amazement   they   did,   they   said   it   would   be   for   the   good   of   the   club   if   two   of   the Instructors   stood   down,   this   would   give   the   club   a   senior   Instructor.   At   this   point   I   was   prepared   to   step   down   (I   was   the   youngest of   the   three)   this   was   not   to   be,   the   delegation   had   already   decided   who   the   chief   Instructor   would   be,   ‘student   power’   had decided.   I   believe   deep   down   the   three   new   that   this   decision   was   correct,   their   were   no   hard   feelings,   we   all   carried   on   with   our Aikido   studies.   The   Dojo   carried   on   in   the   same   direction   we   had   been   shown   by   Chiba   Sensei   and   Sensei   Fred   Brown,   we   had eight years of Aikido conducting our own Kyu grading and running as an independent Dojo. After   all   these   years   I   found   that   I   was   teaching   the   same   Aikido   over   and   over   again   with   no   advancement   for   the   students   or myself,   I   had   still   kept   in   contact   with   my   old   friend   Sensei   Lenton   (he   was   practicing   in   the   B.A.F).   He   informed   me   that   he   was leaving   the   B.A.F.   and   joining   the   West   Midlands   Aikikai   under   the   direction   of   Sensei   W   Smith   and   that   I   should   consider   the same   path,   which   both   Kevan   Ginns   and   I   did,   this   move   was   one   of   the   best   decisions   we   made.   I   realised   that   to   be   able   to instruct   Aikido   you   had   to   be   instructed.   A   year   after   joining   the   West   Midlands   Aikikai   under   the   leadership   of   Sensei   Smith   and direction   of   Chiba   Sensei   the   organisation   became   the   United   Kingdom   Aikikai,   Hombu   recognition   was   to   follow.   The   whole   of the   Leicester   Dojo   decided   to   follow   and   joined   the   U.K.A.   they   could   see   this   was   the   way   forward.   I   approached   Sensei   Smith and   asked   him   if   he   would   ask   Chiba   Sensei   if   he   would   honour   the   Leicester   Dojo   with   a   new   name   to   represent   a   new   era   in Leicester. After   sometime   a   new   name   was   given   to   Sensei   Lenton.   He   had   not   asked   for   one   and   we   decided   that   there   had   been   a mistake,   Sensei   Lenton   kindly   passed   the   name   on   to   me.   So   In   1989   we   became   Kyu   Shin   Kan.   In   August   of   2004   a   small group   from   the   Dojo   attended   the   B.A.   Summer   School   in   Wales,   this   being   the   last   time   Chiba   Sensei   would   be   teaching   in England.   After   practice   on   Sunday   I   approached   Sensei   and   asked   if   he   would   write   the   name   Kyu   Shin   Kan   in   kanji,   he   said   he would   do   this   on   the   following   Tuesday,   and   true   to   his   word   he   presented   me   with   the   kanji.   With   an   added   bonus   of   giving   us   a new identity Kyu = Seek Shin = Mind Kan = House I   would   like   to   take   this   opportunity   to   thank   all   past   and   present   students   for   having   faith   in   me   and   giving   your   support   over   the years,   I   truly   believe   without   you   the   Kyu   Shin   Kan   would   not   be   as   strong   is   it   is   today   ,   I   am   also   very   proud   of   what   WE   have achieved together, thank you all! Peter Brown Sensei
In   1979   Sensei   Fred   Brown   decided   to retire   from   Aikido,   he   had   achieved   the rank   of   Shodan,   at   this   time   Shodan   was seen   as   a   high   rank   in   this   country.   The Leicester    Aikido    Society,    as    we    were named    existed    for    a    few    months    with several   Instructors.   The   only   problem   was that   we   had   no   structure,   each   Instructor had   his   own   Aikido,   and   all   the   Instructors were   unable   to   see   this,   we   only   wanted to   keep   our   positions   as   Instructors.   One Friday   evening   after   practice   a   delegation from    the    students    asked    if    they    could have   a   meeting   with   all   the   Instructors   the following      week,      we      all      agreed,      I personally   remember   spending   the   whole week   trying   to   think   what   this   could   be about,   could   it   be   because   Fred   had   gone they   wanted   to   disband?....   The   following Friday    I    attended    the    meeting    with    the other three Instructors, we were told that