In 1991 Sensei Sargeant formed Traditional Aikido Iwama Style, with Sensei Paul McGlone, of the Poole Aikido club. Since then the organisation has grown to over 600 members in England, Scotland and Wales, and in 1994 changed its name to Traditional Aikido Iwama Ryu GB, following official recognition from Saito Sensei.
In the same year Sensei Sargeant was awarded his Godan, whilst training at the birth place of Aikido (Iwama Dojo), by Saito Sensei. In November 2002, Sensei Sargeant gained his Rokudan. Sensei Sargeant also holds a Yondan Bukiwaza.
Takemusu Iwama Aikido Europe
As Sensei Sargeant is the head of Takemusu Iwama Aikido in Great Britain, Greece and Russia, the organisation changed it's name from Takemusu Iwama Aikido GB to Takemusu Iwama Aikido Europe in 2007.
This resulted from Sensei Sargeant's numerous teaching visits to Russia - over many years - and the dedication of the students from a large amount of dojo’s that now follow him throughout Europe.
It was decided to give a wider acknowledgement to those dojos outside of the UK and to give them the same status thereby aligning every dojo equally.
All these dojos strive for one thing. To keep teaching the original Aikido passed down from O’Sensei to the late Saito Sensei and not the modern Aikido that is seen to day.