Re: aikido and competition
If you're a train ride from York, then come and train with us. Tomorrow is good as Scott Albright (5th dan) is giving a course at York. His Aikido is not the prettiest you'll ever see but it is very effective. If not, any odd Monday or/and Wednesday night are good for us. Just let me know when.
If not, I am sure that I can give you some Shodokan clubs address closer to where you are. Most of us are friendly and will not mind you either watching or joining in -- in fact, joining in is better!
Ian, the invite goes to you as well. I want to beat you up! *grins evilly* (Yes, for those who are clueless, I'm joking about the beating up... sheeesh....)