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The teacher P.Newcombe (7th Dan JAA) is one of the most important promoters in the Aikido Shodokan UK, as in Spain. He was taught in Japan by Nariyama shihan, who leads the Honbu dojo in Osaka. He also has an impressive martial Curriculum, with a wide and successful sport experience in competition and in preparing teams. Nowadays he’s living in the Costa del Sol (Malaga). He was the promoter as the national trainer and selector of the Spanish participation in the International Festival of Aikido in Katsuura 2005 and Kioto 2009. Adding to his excellent martial experience, Philip Newcombe has a great character. His way of being dynamic and cordial creates a good and pleasant atmosphere in his classes, being the result a better concentration by the students.  Thanks to his knowledge, his abilities, experience and age, P.Newcombe can be considerate a real Sensei.

For a biographical Introduction you can read the Presentation written for Scott Allbright´s book “Aikido and Randori”:

“In 1974, when kung fu mania, Bruce Lee and David Carradine were at their height, I was a 17-year-old who wanted to take up a martial art – as long as it wasn’t kung fu. I was introduced to Tomiki aikido by a work colleague and it has been a big pan of my life ever since.

I had been training for seven years when my teacher Irvine Cleydon sensei introduced me to his former student Alan Higgs. Higgs, who had emigrated to Australia some years earlier, was the first non-Japanese to be trained personally by Nariyama sensei 8th dan (at that time 6th dan) at the Shodokan Honbu (HQ) dojo in Osaka, Japan. He was intent on passing on the teaching of Nariyama sensei to Cleydon sensei and his students. For me, his approach suddenly gave meaning to many of the basic practices, and connected them directly to the application of aikido techniques. In January 1982, we arranged Nariyama’s first overseas seminar, in London. Although a senior instructor in Japan (now the Technical Director of the All Japan Aikido Association, or JAA), he was virtually unknown outside Japan. All the participants were impressed by Nariyama’s speed, timing and execution of techniques, and his tremen dous but relaxed power.

It was at this seminar that I first met Scott Allbright, who had never practised aikido before. The seminar inspired both of us to go to train with Nariyama sensei at his dojo in Osaka. I spent nine months in Osaka the following year studying aikido for about five hours a day. Apart from the technical knowledge, I also learned much about the history of the art and about myself. The training was based around a system developed by Tomiki sensei in the late 1970s. The system ensures that all the fundamentals – peripheral vision, distance control, avoidance, balance breaking and, most importantly, footwork – are practised at each lesson. (Some of these basics apply to all martial arts.) Because of the emphasis on footwork and movement, the shodokan system is equally important for enbu (set-piece techniques) and randori (freestyle).

A good aikidoka should practise both enbu and randori. Although enbu will teach the student the most effective defence techniques that aikido has to offer, they cannot be executed with any defensive force, as this would lead to injury. Enbu alone does not really test defensive reactions, such as avoidance, neither is there any ‘battle of free minds’, since the defender already knows what the attacker is going to do. Randori training fills in these gaps and also teaches the student to spot and take advantage of the “window of opportunity” that may present itself during a bout.

Enbu and randori go hand in hand and should be practised equally. The shodokan system provides a strong foundation for this. Although every individual’s aikido is unique to that person, without a good foundation it will surely lack quality.

On my return from Osaka, I set about implementing the system into the UK. Shodokan aikido is now practised all over Europe, in Russia, Australia, the United States, Brazil and elsewhere in South America, and in the West Indies…”

Interview and photo made for the Shodo ho Newsletter in 1984, time he finalized his stay in Japan.

Curriculum

It has more than 35 years of training and teaching experience over 25 years. He trained as a deshi of Nariyama Shihan in the Shodokan Hombu Dojo in Osaka, Japan.

  • 7 th Dan Aikido of Shodokan, granted in 2008 by the Japan Aikido Association (JAA).
  • International License to Teach the JAA granted in September 1999.
  • Title of Sport Trainer, England.
  • Technical Adviser of the European Federation of Aikido Shodokan.
  • Teacher of the training programs for instructors and senior grades in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain.
  • Regular seminars in the UK and Spain.
  • He has been Director and National Team coach in the UK and it is now of Shodokan Spain.
  • National Team Coach of Shodokan Aikido Spain that participated in the World Championship Katsuura 2005, Kyoto 2009 and London 2011.

Record sports.

  • Silver medal at the World Championships 2001 in Osaka, Japan.
  • Technical Merit Diploma at the World Championships 1997 in Imabari, Japan.
  • Bronze Medal at World Championships 1995 in Vandalia, USA.
  • Bronze Medal at World Championships 1993 in Katsuura, Japan.