The Yama Arashi UK are affiliated to the Brussels Yama Arashi. Tony Thielemans 6th Dan Aikido and 4th Dan Judo is the founder of the Belgium Ecole d`art Matiaux Japonais Yama Arashi, established in 1959. Tom Moss 6th Dan, Principal Coach of the Yama Arashi UK until his passing in May 2003, started Aikido in March 1965 and joined the Brussels Yama Arashi in 1966. Thielemans sensei originally studied Judo and competed in many Competitions before starting Aikido. It is due to his Judo background that he chose the "Yama Arashi" name. The name Yama Arashi means mountain throw and is an old Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu technique and was famously used by Shiro Saigo who was a judo player studying with Jigoro Kano sensei.