Aikido PE hosts Regional Seminar


On Saturday, the Port Elizabeth Aikido association had their second regional seminar between the Kaigan Aikido club and the PE School of Aikido.

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art that allows practitioners to defend themselves from harm while also protecting their attacker from injury by using their opponents force against them.

The Regional Seminar was hosted by Morningside High School, and took place in their assembly hall. An entrance fee for the seminar was collected to help raise funds for the High School. The seminar was led by Aikido masters Colin Beyers from the PE School of Aikido and Candice Lee Dugmore from the Kaigan Aikido Club.

“Morningside is our sister club, it is a club to look after the people in the Kabega Park, Framesby and Rowalan Park area. This club actually started in Malibar in one of our students lofts, they outgrew it and then we approached the Morningside High School to see if they will facilitate us,” said Colin Beyers.

Colin is the Chief Instructor of the PE School of Aikido, and has received his 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido, and has over 20 years of experience. He holds the title of Fukushidion in the Eastern Cape and is the founder of Aikido in Port Elizabeth.

Also in attendance of the seminar was Ronni Fitzmaurice, and 83 year-old man who has done Aikido for over two years.

The third seminar will be held at the end of the year, and the PE School of Aikido has invited clubs from Grahamstown to attend in order to make the seminar even more enjoyable for their students.