KYU SHIN DO Head of Style, Ray Eder, Awarded 5th Dan

North Shore Aikido Instructor Receives Award

Ray Eder, Chief Instructor at Kyu Shin Do, was recently awarded the grade of 5th level black belt by one of Europe’s most senior Aikido Masters.

Mr. Haydn W.Foster, the worldwide Technical Director of the Institute of Aikido, which has members all around the globe, visited Auckland at Easter to do a four day seminar and although nearing his 80th year, impressed everyone with his knowledge and skill. The surprise came at the end of the final day, when he awarded Mr Eder his 5th dan to much applause from students and onlookers alike.

Ray has been studying aikido for nearly two decades and along with his wife Gail (who holds a 3rd degree black belt in aikido and also a 2nd degree in karate) they run the Kyu Shin Do aikido organisation which has clubs in Albany and Matakana.

(taken from Auckland “North Shore Times”)


2 Responses to KYU SHIN DO Head of Style, Ray Eder, Awarded 5th Dan

  1. V says:

    80 years???? NOOOOOOO!!!!!!
    When will you aikidokas stop making us think you’re 10 to 20 years younger than you really are?? What does it come from btw? I thought Elvis wasn’t older than 25 and then he said his daughter was at Uni…
    I have a question.. It says the Institute is a worldwide organisation. So it’s in the UK and in New Zealand, and where else??


    Sensei Foster will be 80 next May. I guess regular training keeps the blood flowing! The institute has clubs in England, Scotland,USA (not sure if they are still affiliated tho..) India, Aus and NZ.

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