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Jeanne Shepard
01-19-2006, 07:05 PM
I've been doing research into my family's ancestory; it seems we came from East Kilbride.
Are any of my kinsmen out there, and do you practice Aikido?

Jeanne :p

Graham Farquhar
01-20-2006, 02:25 AM
There are many Aikidoka who hail from East Kilbride. Actually it was there that my brother introduced me to Aikido under Sensei Matt Tennant about 24 years ago now - from then on I was hooked. My main teacher Sensei Steve Kierney in London during the 1980s and early 90s was from East Kilbride and you may find a number of UK Aikidoka have links to the town through Aikido. I am aware of a number who started there before moving to other parts of the UK to teach. There are a number of dojos there and I am aware of a number of students who are still actively practicing and will no doubt post here or visit the site. I shall leave it to them to give you an update of the Aikido scene there today.

Regards

Roban
01-20-2006, 05:31 AM
One of our sister clubs(Stewartfield) is located in East Kilbride (only about 8 miles or so from Glasgow) you can find the link on the Ki Fed website.

Ki Federation of GB (http://www.kifederationofgreatbritain.co.uk)

They are quite a big club and I'm sure if you made contact, they would be pleased to hear from you :)

There is also another very active club there - link is Aikido UK (http://www.aikido-uk.org)


Rob

DarkShodan
01-20-2006, 09:04 AM
If it's not Scottish, it's CRAP!

Uke's come in three sizes; Wee, Not so Wee, and freakin' huge!

:D

Jeanne Shepard
01-20-2006, 05:20 PM
Thankyou, all!

By the way, my mother was a Calderwood, there must be thousands of them.

Jeanne :p

BarryCampbell
01-24-2006, 03:09 AM
One of our sister clubs(Stewartfield) is located in East Kilbride (only about 8 miles or so from Glasgow) you can find the link on the Ki Fed website.

Ki Federation of GB (http://www.kifederationofgreatbritain.co.uk)

They are quite a big club and I'm sure if you made contact, they would be pleased to hear from you :)

There is also another very active club there - link is Aikido UK (http://www.aikido-uk.org)


Rob

I've practiced there a couple of times, my usual clubs are the Linwood + Moorcroft clubs, under Sensei Mclure, what club do you practice at?

Roban
01-26-2006, 02:50 PM
At Glasgow Ki Aikido club, under the tutelage of Sensei Eve Aitkenhead. Link is in my sig. I'll be going to the grading and course at Moorcroft in March - maybe see you there?

Rob

Lan Powers
01-26-2006, 03:01 PM
Not from Scotland, just scottish by descent...(damn proud of it).
MacGregor by by blood from me dear Mom.
How the hell did we wind up in west-Texas?
Lan

Mark Freeman
01-27-2006, 04:28 AM
Not from Scotland, just scottish by descent...(damn proud of it).
MacGregor by by blood from me dear Mom.
How the hell did we wind up in west-Texas?
Lan

The weather is much, much better!! :D

BarryCampbell
01-27-2006, 05:31 AM
At Glasgow Ki Aikido club, under the tutelage of Sensei Eve Aitkenhead. Link is in my sig. I'll be going to the grading and course at Moorcroft in March - maybe see you there?

Rob

Yeah, going for my yellow belt that day, it will the be third grading i've attended, but the first time ive graded, heheh.

We were down at the headquarters in somerset last weekend, was my first time there, Sensei Williams is something else :eek:

Mark Freeman
01-27-2006, 06:39 AM
Sensei Williams is something else :eek:

You can say that again!! :D

Hi, from another KFGB member down ere in sunny Devon

regards

Mark

j0nharris
01-27-2006, 06:59 AM
So, in Scots dojos do you wear kilts instead of hakama? :D
I've done tai chi in one, but never randori... .

Dirk Hanss
01-27-2006, 06:59 AM
OK, I really had to revise my prejudices.

I always thought Scottish Aikidoka just means wearing kilts instead of hakama (it's cheaper to use it more often than to have to differrent skirts) and use broomsticks instead of jo, if they are bend, use them aas bokken.

It seems I was wrong. I will be in Scotland end of May - not for Aikido unfortunately - and thereafter I might know even a bit better about Scottish human beings - they are, aren't they? I was told so.

Cheers Dirk

Mark Freeman
01-27-2006, 07:08 AM
OK, I really had to revise my prejudices.

I always thought Scottish Aikidoka just means wearing kilts instead of hakama (it's cheaper to use it more often than to have to differrent skirts) and use broomsticks instead of jo, if they are bend, use them aas bokken.

It seems I was wrong. I will be in Scotland end of May - not for Aikido unfortunately - and thereafter I might know even a bit better about Scottish human beings - they are, aren't they? I was told so.

Cheers Dirk

Hi Dirk, you are treading on very dodgy ground, Scotsmen are fiercely proud folk and if you find yourself wandering around in their fair cities, it's wise to be very, very polite. :uch: ;)

Enjoy your stay, it's a shame you can't fit in some aikido there, there are many clubs around the Glasgow area.

Regards
Mark

BarryCampbell
01-27-2006, 07:20 AM
a kilt for a hakama would be a funny sight, also, we dont have orange belts up here, we have ginger belts ;)

j0nharris
01-27-2006, 07:27 AM
There are definitely some things under my kilt that I don't want hitting the mat too hard, though! :confused:

Ecosamurai
01-27-2006, 10:20 AM
OK, I really had to revise my prejudices.

I always thought Scottish Aikidoka just means wearing kilts instead of hakama

snip

It seems I was wrong. I will be in Scotland end of May - not for Aikido unfortunately

Since I moved to Scotland from London two years ago I have had constant jokes about wearing a tartan hakama (raher than a kilt) from my southern dojo-mates. Also some comments about wearing wode when attending dan grade tests... :)

Where in Scotland will you be? I'm in Aberdeen.

Mike Haft

Dirk Hanss
01-28-2006, 11:57 AM
Mike,
I thought after that post, I'd better not tell, where exactly I am ;)

Actually I do not even know. My flight goes to Edinburgh and the tour is not fixed yet. And they are my wife's vacation, i.e. very little aikido, if any :?

Lan Powers
01-28-2006, 02:17 PM
Mike,
I thought after that post, I'd better not tell, where exactly I am ;)

Actually I do not even know. My flight goes to Edinburgh and the tour is not fixed yet. And they are my wife's vacation, i.e. very little aikido, if any :?

Suck up a bit....maybe whining would help?
I use the puppy-dog eyes to great effect. :p

Lan

mj
02-01-2006, 12:37 PM
er...Scotland has at least 2 East Kilbrides.

And I'm a bit peed off that no other Scot mentioned this. :grr:

mj
02-01-2006, 01:25 PM
er...Scotland has at least 2 East Kilbrides.

And I'm a bit peed off that no other Scot mentioned this. :grr:
Actually..I only found that out by googling it. :eek:

:D

Jeanne Shepard
02-01-2006, 02:19 PM
er...Scotland has at least 2 East Kilbrides.

And I'm a bit peed off that no other Scot mentioned this. :grr:

Any Calderwoods there? Any planning to visit Seattle?

Jeanne :p

Sonja2012
02-02-2006, 01:01 AM
Since I moved to Scotland from London two years ago I have had constant jokes about wearing a tartan hakama (raher than a kilt) from my southern dojo-mates.

My (English) husband is of Scottish descent (and proud of it as well). He wore the clan tartan kilt at our wedding and is seriously considering getting himself a tartan hakama just for the fun of it, maybe to wear it for Xmas practices or something. :)

Would that mean having to wear the sporran etc with it, too? The sgain dubh would surely come in handy at tanto practices! And in order to really go Scottish, would that involve a wee dram (or two) after practice? ;)

CatSienna
02-02-2006, 01:36 AM
hmmm...a tartan hakama sounds good. Unfortunately my clan never had a tartan as they were lowlanders...the civilised ones :). We did however have a family crest which had a phoenix rising.

I'm barely scots now since it's been a couple of generations already since my great grandfather came down and settled here but I still bear the name and still practice aikido in Singapore where I grew up.

Roban
02-02-2006, 04:23 AM
er...Scotland has at least 2 East Kilbrides.

And I'm a bit peed off that no other Scot mentioned this. :grr:


Have you been hitting the whisky, Mark? ;)

There is only one as far as I am aware but I'd be interested to know where your second one is.

Rob

Roban
02-02-2006, 04:24 AM
hmmm...a tartan hakama sounds good. Unfortunately my clan never had a tartan as they were lowlanders...the civilised ones :). We did however have a family crest which had a phoenix rising.

I'm barely scots now since it's been a couple of generations already since my great grandfather came down and settled here but I still bear the name and still practice aikido in Singapore where I grew up.


No tartan? Have a look here, then :D

http://www.snodgrass-clan.com/


Rob

MM
02-02-2006, 09:09 AM
I'm of Scottish descent from both father's side (Murray) and mother's side (Scott) and proud of it. :)

Now, if I could just trace the lineage back to exactly where they came from. And I am planning on visiting one day, just won't make it this year. I'll keep some open times for visiting dojos when I do make it over there.

Mark

mj
02-02-2006, 11:41 AM
Have you been hitting the whisky, Mark? ;)

There is only one as far as I am aware but I'd be interested to know where your second one is.

Rob

Outer Hebrides :)

East Kilbride and Outer Hebrides

Also West Kilbride in Ayrshire used to be called just Kilbride, but changed to 'west' after 'east' became a new town iirc.

mj
02-02-2006, 12:38 PM
I don't mean that 'bride' is the same, btw. I mean that there is an EK in the Outer Hebrides.

Jeanne Shepard
02-02-2006, 07:02 PM
Have you been hitting the whisky, Mark? ;)

There is only one as far as I am aware but I'd be interested to know where your second one is.

Rob

Perhaps it's in another dimension?

I still hope to connect with my kinspeople; any Calderwoods out there?

Jeanne :p

CatSienna
02-02-2006, 09:10 PM
No tartan? Have a look here, then :D

http://www.snodgrass-clan.com/


Rob

Thanks Rob, I see I have no further excuses for not making a tartan hakama :D

Roban
02-03-2006, 05:10 AM
I don't mean that 'bride' is the same, btw. I mean that there is an EK in the Outer Hebrides.

OK, if there is an EK in the Outer Hebrides, it'll be lucky to have a population of more than 100 :) Let's see who can find it on a map first!

Rob

Roban
02-03-2006, 05:12 AM
I still hope to connect with my kinspeople; any Calderwoods out there?

Jeanne :p

Maybe a good idea to post a query on one of the Genealogy forums, they will hook you up with lots of family connections over here. Whether they turn out to be Aikidoka..............Good luck!

Rob