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Sensei Keith Holland (4th Dan)

Sensei Holland began his martial art training studying Judo for 7 years under Sensei Masutaro Otani 7th Dan, until a serious back injury curtailed further training.

In 1984 he took his son to "The Hut" ( Institute of Aikido) believing it to be a Judo club and immediately became hooked on aikido, which is now a life passion.

He subsequently joined Kurai Aikido and became increasingly involved, ‘off the mat’, with both the Club and the EYJ Martial Arts Centre, a dedicated Dojo housing 9 martial arts all working together in harmony.

Being aware of his deep interest Sensei Roy Sheppard 6th dan would often take time to give him a personal explanation of how techniques worked and one day gave him what he describes as 'his greatest gift', by working out a series of ukemi, to enable him to train without further damage to his back

From then on training became a priority and he was graded Shodan in 1998, progressing through to being awarded Yondan in October 2016.

Sensei Holland is a BAB Level 1 Coach, and holds NCFE Train the Trainers Certification ( NVQ Level 3/4)

Kurai Aikido is part of the UK Shinwakai family and he is also Convenor of the UK Shinwakai Board.

Sensie Holland's involvement with the BAB grew from becoming Joint National Course Organiser in 2000, a position which he still holds, to his appointment as Vice Chairman of the Board in 2007 and Acting Chairman in 2013.

Sensei Holland has been Chairman of the BAB since 2014

Sensei Holland has also received a number of awards including:- National Association of Clubs for Young People - Keystone Silver award for 20 years Voluntary Service to Young People London Federation of Sport & Recreation Silver award for 20 years Voluntary Service to Sport.