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Last Saturday was our (White Rose Aikikai) last course of theYear, and was very enjoyable.
After a mix up at the sports centre and a mad scramble to find more mats, the morning session was based around Kata tori.
In the Afternoon, (with now more mats..lol) we looked at tanto dori.
Great to train with everyone, nice to see Gary Crossland training with us, and nice to see Billy again.
My friends Shawn and John both passed their 5th Kyu...so well done guys.
I somehow managed to hurt my leg....but i'm hoping to be able to continue to training as normal, as my Nidan grade is on the 20th.
A big thank you to Sensei's Jack & Marill Poole for travelling up to West Yorkshire for the November Nuts and Bolts course at Aso Ryu Aikido club.
It was a great course, was a nice chance to catch up with a few people i haven't seen for a while.
Instructors on the day were -
Thank to all the above instructors - who all taught interesting and enjoyable sessions.
Dave's class i particularly enjoyed and will be giving it much thought over the next few weeks.
Thanks of course to Sensei Billy McAuley and Aso Ryu Aikido club, for the organisation and hard work that goes into the planning of these events, and for making us so welcome.
Just wanted to say a big thank you to Sensei George Hemmings of the St. Ives Aiki dojo for organising the course last weekend with Shihan Waite.
The course was fantastic - a real eye opener, i had been told by one of my Sensei's (Mark Danford) what a great Aikidoka Shihan Waite was - well he wasn't wrong.
Simply watching someone of that calibre perform - is a real inspiration.
Thanks to the students who had to put up with my clumsy efforts, to Sensei Hemmings for organising the course and to Shihan Waite for giving me a lot of information to digest and integrate into my Aikido.
Saturday 15th October
Sensei Frank Burlingham and Sensei William Timms, ran a wonderful course at the Phoenix Aikido and fitness centre (Yama Arashi) in Coventry at the weekend.
Sensei Timms - started us off, looking at techniques and finding Koshi Nage in them - a real eye opener,
we then looked at some examples of Kaiten nage, finishing with some Ikkyo techniques.
Sensei Burlingham - taught a variety of techniques with the common theme of weight underside throughout, and also some examples of katame waza.
I would offer my thanks to these 2 experienced instructors, and a BIG! thank you to Sensei Barbara Moss and the students of Yama Arashi for the wonderfully warm welcome i received,
You're a credit to the Aikido community.
Saturday 2nd of July was the Mimuro Sensei course, hosted by Marple Aikido.
The course was very well run, Mimuro Sensei was very good.
So just a big thank you, to all the folks who organized and made it such a good day.
Thanks the Sensei Wallace for the warm welcome.
Last Sunday was a special weapons class for white rose aikikai, taken by Sensei Riley and Sensei Derrick - we covered the Bokken kumi tachi (1-5), it was a great class.
After last nights class however i was feeling a frustrated with myself, Sensei John Edge (2 circles Aikido) is taking through their Shodan syllabus - very mentally intense, where you break down a technique to its core elements, parts of which i understood, and some were new concepts - 'bomb shelters', 'base supports' and 'compression'
All this is wrote down and then Sensei watches and makes his notes on your sheet.
After the class i was quite disappointed with myself, i didn't sleep well thinking about it all.
This Aikido journey has many ups and downs, with obstacles to overcome and problems to solve........then again i suppose if it we didn't care so much about it, it wouldn't bother us so much.
April 10th was my first course of the year.
the course was well attended, with kyu grades taking place on a separate mat during the morning.
Cath took her 1st Dan in front of everyone - and IMO she did a very good grade - well done!!
In the morning session we covered kokyo techniques against ryote mune dori.
In the afternoon we covered techniques against jodan tsuki, from rear hand (stepping through) and lead jab.
Well done to everyone who passed their grades.
Thanks to Sensei Riley and White Rose for a great course.
I'm just getting over an intense weekend.
Twenty odd members of White Rose Aikikai took their CL1 coaching course with the British Aikido Board this weekend at Dewsbury. Saturday - This was the 'class room' component of the course with a lot of information to digest, coaching styles and methods of teaching - how to get your point across...a lot of food for thought.
Homework was to design a 12 lesson (6 week) Aikido course
with a detailed 2 lesson plan. Sunday - This was the practical part of the course, teaching from one of your lesson plans for 15mins.
I had planned to teach basic morote dori - but was thrown a bit of a 'curve ball' when i was asked to teach the warm ups after the short lunch break, anyway all went well.
I think what i mostly received from the course (apart from the technical information and chance to teach the class) was the warm camaraderie, friendship and support on the mat.
My thanks to Sensei Frank Burlingham for delivering the course and putting up with us all.
Thanks to Sensei Riley for organising the course, and most of all to all fellow students and friends for a memorable weekend.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Haydn Foster sensei, i was lucky enough to train on the 'Big 3' course in Lowestoft last year- where he taught.
My thoughts go out to his family,friends and students.
Last week in class, Sensei was talking about 'Ki', this is a subject my past instructors have either given a wide berth to or have taken particular care not to talk about.
Sensei was testing the extension of ki through the Jo, so this is something I will have to work on.
I'm also working on getting to grips with the terminology Sensei uses to describe footwork.
Of all the clubs/associations I've been a member of each have their own way of doing things....there are many paths up the same mountain.
Well i attended the class last night, the first time at my local dojo - and really enjoyed it.
Being without my car for a while and feeling the financial 'crunch' of these difficult times, i've had to make adjustments - and one of them was finding somewhere to train locally.
The Sensei there has a background of both Aikikai style and Ki style, so many of the terminology and techniques were slightly different to what i'm used to, but thats what learnings all about -trying new things and expanding our horizons.