Eddie Hodgson

Eddie started practising Aikido in 1966 with an organisation that eventually came under the direction of Master André Nocquet, a direct student of O' Sensei during the mid 1950's.

He later realised that there were important elements missing from the practise.  He decided to change organisations to what is now the Birankai and start over again.  The Birankai had T. K. Chiba sensei as the technical director. He attained 4th dan and Shidoin, both of which are registered at the Hombu (Aikido Headquarters) in Tokyo. 

For many years Eddie was the chief instructor at the Rainbow Aikido Club in Thornaby and Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. In 2017 he moved to Zalaegerszeg where he co-founded the Yu Sui Shi Aikido club and Yu Sui Shi Iaido & Jodo club.

Eddie also practices Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido and Muso Shinden Ryu Jodo.  He studied these as a member of the British Kendo Federation.  Both of these arts fall under the direction of the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei.


  • 1966 - Started Aikido

  • 1979 - 1st Dan (Nocquet)

  • 1998 - 4th Dan (Nocquet)

  • 1994 - Joined Birankai

  • 2004 - 1st Dan (Birankai)

  • 2006 - 2nd Dan (Birankai)

  • 2008 - 3rd Dan (Birankai)

  • 2011 - 4th Dan & Shidoin (Birankai)

  • 2013 - Iaido/Jodo Coach (British Kendo Association)

  • 2014 - 3rd Dan Iaido (British Kendo Association)

  • 2016 - 2nd Dan Jodo (British Kendo Association)

Hajnalka Hodgson


Hajnalka started practising Kyokushinkai Sosai Oyama's karate as a teenager in Szeged City in 1987.  Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. She practised for 33 years.

The most prestigious competition she entered was the International survive cup with 127 karateka. She won a  team 2nd place and an individual 1st place in the best tameshiwari. She entered many other competitions, winning many 1st places and also the best fighting spirit. She stopped practising Kyokushin in 2014 when in the UK when she became involved in Shotokan karate for another two years.

Hajnalka started practising Aikido in 1998 in Zalaegerszeg. She lived in Cambridge in the United Kingdom for a year in 2000, and continued her Aikido studies there. She later returned to live in 2005 where she again continued her Aikido. In 2014 she joined the British Birankai.

In 2015, Hajnalka joined the Hokuto Genbukan Iaido & Jodo club in the United Kingdom. This is a member of the British Kendo Association and follows the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei syllabus.


In 2017 she moved back to Zalaegerszeg where she co-founded the Yu Sui Shi Aikido club and Yu Sui Shi Iaido & Jodo club.


  • 1987 - Started Kyokushinkai Karate

  • 1998 - Started Aikido

  • 2000 - Karate (Kyokushinkai) 3rd Dan

  • 2010 - 3rd Dan Kyokushinkai Karate

  • 2014 - Joined British Birankai

  • 2015 - 1st Dan Aikido (Birankai

  • 2016 - 1st Dan Iaido (British Kendo Association)

  • 2016 - 1st Kyu Jodo (British Kendo Association)

  • 2017 - 2nd Dan Aikido (Birankai)

  • 2017 - 2nd Dan Iaido (British Kendo Association)