Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We have compiled a list of common questions, but if you have any queries that are not answered here, then please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

How much does membership cost?

There is an annual Hontai Yoshin Ryu UK membership fee of £30 for all students. This is to cover administrative costs and club insurance. We do not aim to make a profit and all teaching is voluntary.

Do you run classes for under 16s?

We do not offer children classes for Hontai Yoshin Ryu in the UK. If you are near Ilfracombe, there is a great kids’ Aikido class run by Sensei Dave Malvern. Please do talk to one of the instructors who will be happy to help you. Of course, they are always welcome to join us once they are a bit older and wiser!

Are you insured?

Yes, the clubs all have Public and Private Indemnity insurance, underwritten by Allianz. For this reason, we will require you to fill out a membership details form so that you are registered and covered by the club policy.

How long will it take to get my black belt?

The diplomatic answer is… it depends! The most important part of learning in a koryu school is dedication. Yes, previous experience in other martial arts will put you in good stead, but there is no substitute for the time you put into its study.

Where can I purchase a uniform/weapons?

Our preferred supplier, Nine Circles, stocks everything you will need in their online shop. Your instructor can advise you on what to get. Note that iaito/shinken purchases are regulated and will require a letter of authorisation from the Hontai Yoshin Ryu UK Secretary.

Can I practice at home?

Taking the lessons learned out of the dojo is an important part of what we teach and students are actively encouraged to practice in their own time. You may not be able to do all of the techniques without mats or a partner, but going over movements and points made in class by yourself will reinforce them in your mind, help you progress faster, and make your class times more productive.

Do you ever visit Japan?

Of course! The best training will be found at the sohonbu dojo in Nishinomiya, Japan so many Hontai Yoshin Ryu members visit when they are able.

There is a Summer International Taikai held every June, hosted in turn by each of the official branch countries. Attendees will both have the opportunity to train with students from around the world and receive direct tutoring from Soke himself.

There are also regular keikokai in January/February (Finland) and October/November (Italy).

Is there a chance I’ll get hurt?

With any physical activity there is always a risk of injury. However, we do not train in a competitive environment and do value the safety and well-being of all our students. Techniques are always taught slowly and carefully to reduce the likelihood of an accident. The use of correct ukemi (break-falls) is taught and practiced regularly from the outset.

Although some pictures on this website may show bladed weapons, these are reserved for advanced practitioners and wooden weapons are used for general training.

Contact Form

For any other queries regarding classes, the website or for any general information about the ryu, please use the form below to contact the Hontai Yoshin Ryu UK Secretary.