Phil Musson Sensei 5th Dan
Phil first began training in Honti Yoshin Ryu Jui Jitsu and Karate when he was 14 years old. Subsequently attaining Black Belt Shodan in Jui Jitsu and Kick Boxing. He also spent three years boxing at ABA Level representing the East Midlands at middle weight.
In 1998 he was introduced to Ken Robson Shihan (7th dan head of Shudokan Institute of Aikido International) and immediately began taking instruction in Aikido directly from Robson Sensei until Phil left to form the Eagle Dojo with his wife Rachael
2002 Robson Shihan awarded Phil his Shodan.
2003 – Nidan – Robson Shihan
2006 – Sandan – Robert Mustard Shihan (8th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido Canada) Robson Shihan.
2010 – Yondan – Robert Mustard Shihan – Joe Thambu Shihan (8th Dan Aikido Shudokan Australia – Robson Shihan.
2015 – Godan – Robert Mustard Shihan (8th Dan Yosinkan Aikido Canada)
Phil has been to Malaysia several times to train under Master Thamby Rajah Sensei 9th Dan. He has visited Canada to train with Robert Mustard Shihan and visited Australia to train with Joe Thambu Shihan.
In 2012 Phil Sensei took a group of students from the Eagle Dojo to Malaysia to take part in the 100 Years Of Aikido Seminar. At the conclusion of the seminar Phil was invited to perform a demonstration as a guest instructor in the final ceremony and he was awarded a Diploma of recognition by the University of South East Asia for his dedicated work to promoting the Martial Arts around the world.
When Phil first found Aikido he ceased training in other Martial Arts as he recognized that the Combat Effective Readiness of Aikido would provide him with a life time of learning and would teach him not only a method of defending himself that was second to none but also provide him with the discipline, confidence, focus, inner-strength and self-belief that would help him on a daily basis in all aspects of life.
Together with his wife Rachael Phil has been teaching Aikido classes in West Bridgford since 2005 and in 2008 they moved their classes to the current location and founded The Eagle Dojo Along with his wife, Phil is driven by the prospect of promoting and growing Aikido in the Nottingham area. In 2016 The Eagle Dojo was officialy recognised and affiliated to the Yoshinkan Federation as a members Dojo.
Rachael Musson Sensei 2nd Dan
Rachael first began training in Aikido at the Shudokan Institute of Aikido International in 2000 attending classes at various dojos in Nottingham and received instruction directly from Ken Robson Shihan.
In 2004 Robson Shihan together with Master Thamby Rajah Sensei 9th Dan from Malaysia and Joe Thambu Shihan awarded Rachael her Shodan and Instructors Certificate in Shudokan Aikido.
In November 2012 Rachael was awarded her 2nd Dan by Ken Robson Shihan.
Rachael has also visited Malaysia to train under Master Thamby Rajah Sensei 9th Dan and other prominent Aikido instructors from Malaysia before visiting Australia to receive instruction from Joe Thambu Shihan at the Shudokan Dojo Melbourne.
Rachael has attended many seminars around the UK and Europe in order to take instruction from many senior Aikido Instructors in order to further her understanding of Aikido.
Rachael first began teaching as an assistant instructor for Robson Sensei at the Shudokan Headquarters dojo in Nottingham. Later together with Phil Musson Sensei, Rachael taught Aikido at David Lloyds Health club in West Bridgford prior to starting the full time Eagle Dojo where she continues to teach today.
Rachael is also a British Aikido Board Level I Instructor.
Abi Hallam Sensei 3rd Dan
Abi began training with the Shudokan under Michael Choo Sensei at the Sandiacre school when she was 8 years old. She later moved to the West Bridgford School to train directly under Phil Musson Sensei. In December 2011 she was awarded her Junior Shodan by Ken Robson Shihan.
On the 25th of July 2013 together with Robert Mustard Shihan and Joe Thambu Shihan Abi was awarded her Shodan by Robson Shihan.
Abi is now one of the regular instructors at the dojo and teachers on all of the scheduled sessions.
On the 23rd of July 2014 together with Robert Mustard Shihan and Joe Thambu Shihan Abi was awarded her Nidan by Robson Shihan. At the age of only 17 Abi became the youngest Nidan within the Shudokan aikido group anywhere in the World.
Colin Hallahan Sensei 3rd Dan
Colin began training in Aikido at the Shudokan Headquaters in 2005 under Ken Robson Shihan and one of his earlier teachers at the Honbu dojo was Phil Musson sensei. In 2008 Colin joined Phil and Rachael as an assistant instructor at Shudokan West Bridgford before joining the Honbu dojo as a full time instructor working directly with Robson Shihan.
In 2008 he was awarded his Shodan and in 2010 he was awarded his nidan, he took his sandan in 2012 and continues to train and teach in all the sessions at the Eagle Dojo.
Colin is also a British Aikido Board Level I Instructor.
Michael Choo Sensei 2nd Dan
Mike began studying Aikido at the Honbu dojo in Nottingham, under Ken Robson Shihan. It was here that he met Phil Sensei and many of the other instructors now at Shudokan Aikido West Bridgford. He was awarded his Shodan by Robson Shihan.
In November 2012 Michael was awarded his 2nd Dan by Ken Robson Shihan.
He has attended seminars with Master Thamby Rajah Sensei 9th Dan., Robert Mustard Sensei and Joe Thambu Shihan and has trained with Aikidoka from all around the world, including Poland.
He taught as a full-time instructor at the Shudokan Lincoln and Sandiacre clubs, before taking a leave of absence to return to education. He returned to Aikido in 2009 training under Phil Musson Sensei and teaching at the Eagle Dojo.
Mike is a practicing Graphic Designer by day, and for fun he attends gymnastics classes, which helps to continuously improve his ukemi.
Mike believes fully in the harmony of Aikido and that it applies to all aspects of life.
Aikido continues when you step off the mat, and it influences the way that you behave towards other people and manage conflict. He strives to set a good example for all students he works with.
James Saunders Sensei 2nd Dan
James first started his martial arts career in 2008, when he started Jiu Jitsu (柔術) while at university. This sparked an interest in martials arts and pushed him to train in many different disciplines including Judo (柔道), Wing Chun (詠春) and Tai Chi (太极拳), winning numerous awards and competitions in the process.
He first begun Aikido (合気道) in 2010 with Richard Brownbill Sensei (3rd Dan) a student of Soke Stratton the founder of Aikido Shudokan UK.
In 2012 James became a student and assistant instructor under Sarah Cullerne Sensei (4th Dan Aikido Shudokan under Joe Thambu Shihan) and assisted in the setting up and running of her new dojo in Hatfield.
During 2014 James attained the rank of a Shodan after testing at summer school in Poland under Pawel Felisiak Sensei (5th Dan and Head of Aikido Shudokan Poland).
From 2012 – 2017 James taught and trained with Sarah Cullerne Sensei and Daniel Felisiak Sensei (3rd Dan Aikido Shudokan).
In 2018 James joined the dedicated students and instructors of Shobukan Nottingham at The Eagle Dojo, Nottingham, where under the guidance of Phil Musson Sensei (5th Dan), he graded to the rank of Nidan.
James now teaches and trains regularly at The Eagle Dojo and is dedicated to the development of the dojo, its students and staff.
In 2018 James travelled to Japan to train at the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo (養神館 本部道場) where he completed the Shochū geiko (暑中稽古 / Summer training course). This has now become a yearly tradition where he travels to the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in order to add to and support his ever growing knowledge of Aikido.