CHIEF INSTRUCTOR: Jobe Groot Shidoin, 6th Dan
Jobe Groot has been actively training in Aikido, Aiki-weapons, Japanese swordsmanship, functional fitness and mind-body training, for over 40 years.
Mr. Groot currently holds the Aikido rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) and the teaching certification of Shidoin (certified instructor), awarded by T.K. Chiba Shihan, 8th dan, and recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo - Aikido World Headquarters and Birankai International.
After more than two decades of training in Iai-Battoho and Iaido, Mr. Groot embarked in a new direction and began training in a dynamic and ancient style of Japanese swordsmanship known as Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu (RSR). He is actively engaged in this training and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, awarded by Yahagi Kunikazu, Headmaster of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu International.
Mr. Groot is an associate member of the Senior Council of Birankai North America. He is member of the Teachers' Council and former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. He is a Founding Director of Birankai Canada, and serves as the current Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Examination Committee of Birankai Canada. 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 has trained in a variety of mind-body fitness disciplines, including Hatha Yoga, Zazen (Zen Buddhist meditation), and Qi-Gong.
Mr. Groot travels periodically to train and instruct at seminars and workshops and has led seminars and training intensives in Canada, the United States, Europe and South-East Asia.