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Dojo Closures

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Sadly the dojo will be closed on Sunday 7th April due to the Manchester marathon being run directly past our building, meaning all the roads are shut around the area.   We will also be closed over the Easter weekend (Friday 19th and Sunday 21st April).  As you can imagine, the church will be busy […]

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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 […]