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Aikido Seminar by Sensei Joe Thambu

Sensei Joe Thambu, the nephew of Sensei Thamby Rajah, the father of Malaysian Aikido and the first Malaysian Black Belter in Judo gave a restraint and removal seminar at Budo Academy to usher in the new year.

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Sensei Joe Thambu began his training in 1972 under his uncle, Thamby Rajah at the age of 11. Thamby Rajah Sensei is often credited as the first Malaysian to be graded to black belt in both Aikido and Judo. Sensei Joe is a teacher of Yoshinkan Aikido (currently 7th Dan, Shihan) with over 35 years experience in the art. He is the third youngest of 8 children and is of Malaysian Tamil heritage.

As a teenager Joe Thambu was fortunate that his uncle’s school was next door to his father’s house. Internationally famous martial artists were frequent visitors to his uncle’s school in Seremban, Malaysia. Amongst these were Donn F. Draeger, a prolific martial arts historian and researcher who wrote over 30 books on Eastern martial arts. Draeger was expert in Judo, Karate and J?d? and was the first non-Japanese to be ranked Menkyo-Kaiden (teaching certificate) in the classical system of Muso Shinto Ryu Jodo.

Other notable visitors included Junichiro Yagi Sensei (8th Dan) and former Yoshinkan Aikido Shihan (master title), as well as Kenji Shimizu Sensei, a past headmaster of Muso Shinto Ryu Jodo.

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A big thank you to Sensei Dr. Ramlan Ahmed, the head Aikido instructor of Budo Academy for organizing this wonderful event.

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