CHIEF INSTRUCTOR: Jobe Groot, 6th Dan, Shidoin
Jobe Groot sensei has been actively training in Aikido and Japanese Swordsmanship, yoga, meditation and mind-body training disciplines for more than 40 years. He currently holds the Aikido rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) and teaching certification of Shidoin (certified instructor) in Aikido, awarded by T. Kazuo Chiba Shihan and recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo - Aikido World Headquarters and Birankai International. He also holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, awarded by Yahagi Kunikazu, Headmaster of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu.
Mr. Groot serves as an associate member of the Senior Council of Birankai North America, a member of the Teachers' Council and is a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America.
He is a founding director, and current Secretary-Treasurer of Birankai Canada and is a founder and Co-Director of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada.
In addition to training in Aikido and Japanese Swordsmanship, Groot sensei a long-time practitioner of Zazen (Zen Buddhist meditation), Yoga, and a variety of other mind-body fitness disciplines.
Groot sensei travels periodically to train and teach seminars and workshops and has instructed at seminars and training intensives in Canada, United States, Europe and South-East Asia.