Thomas Plant, Shodan, 1st Dan

Thomas Plant, Shodan, 1st Dan

Tom started training Aikido in 2001 at St Andrews University Dojo in Scotland, though strangely under the auspices of Aikikai Belgium. He continued for two years in Kochi City, Japan, under Sawamoto Shihan. Since then, he has trained around the UK, including Exeter, Cambridge, UCL Dojo and Walsall, in both Aikikai and Iwama dojos, and returns annually to Japan.

He is a priest in the Church of England and currently serves as Chaplain to Lichfield Cathedral School, where he established Seisankan Dojo for the children in January 2018. Other interests include playing the shakuhachi, speaking Japanese and writing horror sci-fi fiction under the pen-name of Thomas Idoine.