We will be having our regular classes at our dojo up to and including Friday 22 December. We will then be closed over the Christmas and New Year period and training will resume on Wednesday 3 January 2018. I hope to see you all training regularly until the Christmas break, which will justify you […]
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 […]
The new starters course that is being run by Rob Yates and Caroline Smith, was due to start on Friday 15th September, but, due to the non availability of the dojo on that night, it will now start on Friday 22nd September 2017.
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 […]