Attilio Anthony John Wagstaffe
I assume you invited Geoff Thompson to your IT course....?
I wonder if he would be interested...?
Well..the course was advertised openly to the public so from that you can conclude that everyone is invited..
On my 1st BCA course which was around 1994 Geoff T didn't appear to have much time for Aikido...but from what I've seen on DVDs of his masterclasses recently and from his regular articles he seems to be far more open ...and he talks openly about those looking for violence finding it.
Geoffs life experiences seem to have opened his mind greatly and on the confident platform of his undoubted ability he seems comfortable in acknowledging many aspects of MA other than just how to hurt other people.
I think he'd be very interested in what Dan has to show. ...I know I am.
I spent 8 years with Kevin O'hagans Combat academy (BCA coach) which has greatly coloured my perspective on Aikido and while I respect those here that want to keep martial arts as fighting arts only...my personal belief is that there are further layers and levels of practice achievable which can offer more than just fighting ability as in punching/kicking/grappling using athletic prowess.
IP/IS for me equates to kokyu / ryoku ...from what I've been taught by Pierre Chassang this seems to be the final level of practice in Aikido.
I'm hoping to see if Dan can unlock my access to this and clarify my progress to this higher level.
I look forward to finding out in may.