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. He was also significantly influenced by his contacts 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 (Iai-battoho and Kenjutsu), Mr. Groot was introduced to a dynamic and ancient style of Japanese swordsmanship, now known as Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu (RSR). He is actively engaged in Iaijutsu training, and receives regular guidance from Malcolm Tiki Shewan (Shihan, 7th dan in Aikido and Shihandai, 6th dan in RSR), and the Headmaster of RSR, Yahagi Kunkazu. Mr. Groot currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, awarded by Yahagi Kunikazu.
Mr. Groot is a member of the Senior Council and Teachers Council of Birankai North America, and is a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. He is a Founding Director of Birankai Canada, and has served as the Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Examination Committee of Birankai Canada since it was founded, in 2010. Mr. Groot also serves as 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.