Frank Burlingham – BAB Coaching Development Officer
6th Dan Aikikai Zen Ten / 5th Dan Hombu (United Kingdom Aikikai)
Frank Burlingham is the Principle of Aikikai Zen Ten and Chief Instructor of Broadland Aikido Club; he is a former Senior Instructor and governing board member within the Institute of Aikido.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) Degree and worked for over 27 years as a college lecturer teaching Carpentry & Joinery, Furniture making, Wood machining and Performing Arts Technical Theatre.
Frank took on the post of Coaching Development Officer in 2006.
Frank started his Aikido career in 1972 under Htun Han Sensei in Lowestoft Suffolk.
In the mid 1970s Frank moved to London where he met and studied under Chiba sensei and then after Chiba sensei left the U.K, studied under H Foster Sensei. In 1978 he moved to Toronto Canada and studied for many years under Osamu Obata Shihan at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC).
Upon Franks return to the UK in 1985 he re-established his connections with Foster sensei and also met and studied under W Smith Shihan at the same time he also met and studied under T Moss Sensei. In 1987 Frank became chief instructor of Broadland Aikido Club. In 1999 he brought together for the 1st time the heads of three associations (H Foster IOA, W Smith UKA & T Moss Yama Arashi) to teach in what was then known as the Big Three Course. This course evolved into the annual Lowestoft Course. In 2010 Frank brought together, H. Foster sensei, Osamu Obata Shihan (Canada) and Philip Lee Shihan (Singapore) for the first International Friendship Seminar at Broadland Aikido Club, to this day this seminar rotates around the UK, Canada and Singapore.
Frank was graded 1st & 2nd Dan by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan & Mitsunari Kanai Shihan. 3rd, 4th & 5th Dans by H Foster Sensei (IOA) & W Smith Shihan (UKA). After the passing of Foster sensei in 2012 he was promoted to 6th Dan by the senior members of the Institute of Aikido. In August of 2016 Frank founded a new association, Aikikai Zen Ten.
Frank has and still travels extensively around the world studying and teaching Aikido, the highlight of this for Frank was being given the honour of practising at the Hombu Dojo and Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, and taking part in a demonstration at the Budokan stadium in Tokyo.