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  The history of the Shudokan Institute of Aikido begins with Sensei Thamby Rajah. Sensei Thamby is widely accepted as the father of Malaysian Aikido. Sensei Thamby’s foray into the martial arts began with his training in Judo and Jiujitsu. Sensei Thamby travelled to Japan to further his studies in Judo at the Kodokan, the Judo’s World Headquarters.

In Japan, Sensei Thamby trained under many notable Judo teachers, including Ichijima Sensei, as well as Mifune Kyuso Sensei (10th Dan), one of the foremost teachers at the Kodokan Whilst training at the Kodokan, Sensei Thamby was introduced to Soke Gozo Shioda, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. The natural beauty and grace of Aikido drew Sensei Thamby and as a result, Sensei Thamby combined his training of Judo with that of Yoshinkan Aikido.

A year later, Sensei Thamby returned to Malaysia, having been awarded a Shodan in Judo and a Black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido (the first Malaysian to do so). After returning to Malaysia (then known as Malaya) in 1952, Sensei Thamby set up the first Aikido and Judo dojo (training hall) in Malaysia and called it Shudokan which means “the place to study the way”. The name of the school was given to Sensei Thamby by Soke Gozo Shioda.

The Shudokan Institute of Aikido has been a stop-over point and training centre for several foreign Senseis. Most notable of whom was Sensei Donn.F.Draeger. Sensei Drager used the Shudokan as an inspiration to write his books as well as spend time training with Sensei Thamby. It is the crowing glory of this dojo to have its founder, Sensei Thamby Rajah, inducted into the Malaysia Book of Records as the first Malaysia to achieve black belts in Judo and Aikido as well as the first Aikido Dojo in Malaysia.