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We are very pleased to invite you to our second mid-summer seminar with Sensei Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós, 6th Dan Aikikai, Aikikai Shihan and direct student of Morihiro Saito Sensei.

The seminar will include sessions on the Friday evening (16th) and weekend of 17th and 18th June 2023 in St Bees, West Cumbria.

We hope that this will be a fun event where you can learn and develop your Aikido skills and meet old and new friends. Note - for the weekend we have 110 square meters of mat space (in addition to a significant outdoor area) and have set participant capacity at 40. Places will be allocated on a first come basis so please register promptly if you can.

Our event is one of four times that Sensei de Quirós will be visiting the UK and you may also be interested in:

- LANCASTER: 24th - 26th March, contact Ellie Denvir:

- EDINBURGH: 6th -7th May, contact Steff Miller:

- DORSET: 18th - 19th November, contact Mark Allcock:


Register via the Goggle form here: 

Friday 16th June (The Memorial Hall):
- Session 1 - 19:00-21:00 - Sensei de Quirós

Saturday 17th June (The Main Sports Hall):
- Session 2 – 12:00–14:00 - Sensei de Quirós
- Session 3 – 15:00–17:00 - Sensei de Quirós

Sunday 18th June (The Main Sports Hall):
- Session 4 – 10:00–12:00 - Sensei de Quirós
- Session 5 – 13:00–15:00 - Sensei de Quirós

St Bees School, Wood Lane, St Bees, Cumbria, CA27 0DS (

St Bees School is a co-educational independent school located in the West Cumbrian village of St Bees that was founded in 1583 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury Edmund Grindal as a boys' "free grammar school". St Bees School has been home to West Cumbria Aikido since February 2019 and this will be our fourth national level seminar (and second seminar with Sensei de Quirós).

St Bees is a charming West Cumbrian coastal village situated just south of Whitehaven, about 50 miles south from Carlisle and is a good base for exploring the western side of the Lake District and the Cumbrian coast and is also the start (or end) of the north of England Coast-to-Coast walk.

For local accommodation options see:

If you require advice on accommodation or travel options please contact Adrian via email (

The weekend seminar will be led by Sensei de Quirós, 6th Dan Aikikai, Aikikai Shihan and Technical Director of Traditional Aikido Europe.

Sensei de Quirós trained full-time under the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan Aikikai) from 1986 until 1993 in the Iwama Dojo in Japan. Prior to beginning his training in Aikido, he trained for 10 years in both Judo and Karate (Shotokan Karate under the late Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei 9th Dan in London). During his stay in Japan, he also practiced Kyudo (Traditional Japanese Archery), Japanese calligraphy and Zen.

Since returning from Japan, he has taught Aikido on a full time basis and to date has conducted well over 350 international seminars. After returning from Japan he maintained regular contact with his teacher through seminars both as a participant as well as assistant and translator until his passing away in 2002.

Lewis received the rank of 5th Dan Aikikai from Morihiro Saito Sensei in 1999 and 6th Dan Aikikai from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (Hombu Dojo Tokyo) in 2009. He is the Senior Instructor and Examiner on behalf of Hombu Dojo of a European network of Dojos (Traditional Aikido Europe) committed to developing, researching and transmitting the style of Aikido known as Takemusu Aikido (Iwama Aikido) which was transmitted directly to Morihiro Saito Sensei from the Founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba during his more than 23-years as a direct student at the Founder’s Dojo in Iwama Japan.

A seminar meal will be arranged for the Saturday night. Details will be announced soon.

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Local organiser: Adrian Punt:


The 2023 fees are:

- Friday only (2-hr) - £20
- Saturday only (4-hr) - £40
- Sunday only (4-hr) - £40

- Saturday and Sunday together (8-hr) - £70
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday together - £85


Note concessions are available for juniors / students, retired and unwaged. Please get in touch for details. 


A lunch can be ordered in advance for the Saturday and/or Sunday. Details will be announced soon.

All monies are payable in advance and payment should be made by Friday 2nd June, 2023.

Please pay by bank transfer to:
West Cumbria Aikido
NatWest, Whitehaven Branch
Sort Code: 01-09-54
Account: 60826355


IBAN: GB74NWBK01095460826355


SEPA credit transfer and direct debit and B2B international payments are supported.

Please use the reference LBQ-23 in your transfer and indicate your name.

All participants should be appropriately insured and able to demonstrate this. If you require insurance please contact us and this can be arranged. Also please bring bokken and jo. If this is not possible please get in touch and we will aim to provide spares for you.

In Aiki 
Adrian and Jason - co-dojo chos, West Cumbria Aikido

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