CHIEF INSTRUCTOR: Jobe Groot Shidoin, 6th Dan
Jobe Groot has been actively training in Aikido, Aiki-weapons, Japanese swordsmanship, functional fitness and mind-body fitness practices for over 40 years.
Mr. Groot has been training in Aikido for over 40 years. In Aikido, he trained extensively with F.I. Ishiyama Shihan, 7th dan, Y. Kawahara, Shihan, 8th dan and T.K. Chiba Shihan, 8th dan. His training has also been significantly influenced by his training with I. Shibata Shihan, 8th dan, T. Miyamoto Shihan, 8th dan and H. Osawa Shihan, 8th dan.
Mr. Groot currently holds the Aikido rank of 6th dan and the teaching certification of Shidoin (certified instructor), awarded by T.K. Chiba Shihan, and recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo – Aikido World Headquarters and Birankai International.
After more than two decades of training in Japanese swordsmanship – Iaido (Muso Shinden Ryu), Iai-battoho and Kenjutsu (Shinkage Ryu), Mr. Groot was introduced to a dynamic and historical style of Japanese swordsmanship, presently known as Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu (RSR). He trains actively in Iaijutsu, receiving regular guidance from Malcolm Tiki Shewan, Shihan, 7th dan in Aikido (USAF) and Shihandai, 6th dan, (RSR), and Headmaster of RSR, Yahagi Kunikazu. Mr. Groot currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, awarded by Headmaster Yahagi Kunikazu.
Mr. Groot is a member of the Senior Council and Teachers Council of Birankai North America, and a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. He is a Founding Director of Birankai Canada, and serves as the Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Examination Committee. Mr. Groot also is a co-founder and co-director of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada.
In addition to his long-time study of Aikido and Japanese Swordsmanship, Mr. Groot continues his research and practice of a variety of mind-body fitness disciplines, including Hatha Yoga, Zazen (Zen Buddhist meditation), Functional Autonomy and integral movement training.
Mr. Groot travels regularly to train, research, and instruct at seminars and intensives around the world.