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Dojo Closures

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The dojo will be closed on Friday 16th, Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd August 2019 as the British Aikido Federation summer school will take place that week at Chester University. All details for the seminar can be found on the BAF website and that can be accessed from our “links” page. Please do […]

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BAF 50th Anniversary Year

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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 […]

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Congratulations!!

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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.

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The Five Stages of Budo

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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 […]

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Hakama suppliers

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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 […]