Congratulations to all who took grading tests with Steve Parr sensei on Sunday 22 April 2018. The successful senior candidates were; Eloi Perez Aguilar – 3rd kyu Patrycja Oprawko – 4th kyu Oleg Bocharov – 5th kyu Jimmy Gedroge – 6th kyu Junior candidates; Zoe Dunn (Macclesfield dojo) – 1st kyu Jess De Sousa […]
On Sunday 22 April, we will hold a grading for junior and adult members. Steve Parr sensei, 6th dan, head instructor at Chester dojo, will be coming along to oversee the tests. If you want to attempt your next grade, please speak to Rob, Caroline or Phil Hadfield and they will let you know what […]
In celebration of International Women’s Day Katy and Karolina are holding a Women’s only aikido class at the Chester dojo on Saturday 17th March. The meet and greet is from 10.30 am Class 11.00 – 13.00 Coffee/tea/cake afterwards Charge is £5 with proceeds going to Chester Women’s Aid This will be Women ONLY […]
2018 is an extremely important year in the history of the British Aikido Federation, formerly the Aikikai of Great Britain, as it is the 50th anniversary year. A number of events will take place during the year the highlight of which will be a seminar led by Hombu dojo cho, Ueshiba Mitsuteru sensei. The […]
Many congratulations to Phil Hadfield, who passed his sandan test at summer school 2017 at Chester University. Well done to him and thanks to all dojo members who attended the seminar over the week.
The Five Spirits of Budo 1) Shoshin – Beginner’s Mind This refers to the kind of attitude that you probably had when you first started martial arts. You were excited and eager to learn. You had an attitude of openness, eagerness, and had no preconceptions of how to do your techniques. You just wanted to […]
On a recent trip to Tokyo, I had the pleasure of meeting an Englishman called Mike Williamson, who has lived over there for many years and is married to a Japanese lady, Keiko Yakawa san. Yakawa san is the sister of a man I have trained with for many years in Japan; initially at Mr […]