About Gen Pu Kan
About London East Aikikai – Gen Pu Kan
Welcome to London East Aikikai.
Our name, given by Shihan T.K. Chiba, is Gen Pu Kan
which meansThe House That Transmits the Original Current (Energy)
We are members of the JAC (the Joint Aikikai Council) and all students are insured through the JAC scheme.
Sensei Steve Beecham is a level 3 (National Level) teacher
About Sensei Steve Beecham – Chief Instructor
Steve Beecham started practising Aikido in 1968 under TK Chiba Sensei, a direct student of, Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei, founder of Aikido. TK Chiba Sensei now holds the rank of 8th Dan
In 1973 Steve was awarded Shodan (1st Dan) and began teaching in the late seventies. He soon had a thriving dojo in South London. In 1978 he was awarded Nidan. (2nd Dan)
In 1979 Steve renewed contact with Chiba Sensei who had left the UK to make his home in the U.S.A. Having informed Chiba Sensei of his hopes to visit Hombu Dojo in Tokyo for an intensive period of training he was delighted to be given letters of introduction to Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and others making his trip very successful. Although the visit was a short one he trained intensively at Hombu Dojo with the current Doshu and Sensei’s Yamaguchi, Osawa, Shibata and many other Shihan
In 1983 Steve met Nobuyoshi Tamura Shihan 8th Dan who had recently established the National National Aikido Federation and in 1987 Steve Beecham the technical director. In 1987 Steve was awarded Yondan (4th Dan) under Shihan Tamura.
In 1989 TK Chiba Shihan invited Steve to teach at the Aikido London Headquarters, Shinmei-kan Dojo. (Shinmei-kan). In that same year Chiba Sensei confirmed his Yondan Grading with Hombu Dojo. Steve taught at the Shinmei-kan Dojo for 17 years. until his sabbatical in 2007.
In January 2003 he was awarded Godan (5th Dan) by TK Chiba Shihan and has been a Shidoin with the British Aikikai/Birankai since its inception and also a member of the Teaching Committee.
In August 2011 he was awarded Rokudan (6th Dan) by TK Chiba Shihan.
Apart from teaching in the UK he has also taught in the U.S.A, Canada, China, New Zealand, France and Spain.