English Dragon School

Eiryukan Aikido

English Dragon School

10 Lessons for £40

Develop defend and grow, Adults and Children, Call Sensei Neville, 07925 188 363

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Welcome to our martial art club. Do you want to develop physically, mentally and spiritually?  If so this is the first step on the path to being a black belt. If you are ready for a change you have found a different and dynamic martial art, we really look forward to connecting with you.

Our Aikido provides diverse physical training, covering both fitness conditioning and defensive techniques. Aikido will help to

  • Improve your flexibility and physical awareness
  • Boost your confidence
  • Promote inner well-being and harmony
  • Develop focus and discipline
  • Learn Japanese language and etiquette

You have the opportunity to experience authentic Aikido in a full time professional club run by an instructor who lived and trained in Japan for over 5 years. Sensei Neville completed the world famous Yoshinkan Instructor Training Course in Tokyo. You can choose to train with an outstanding home grown black belt female instructor, Sensei Catherine and for those South of Lincoln you can meet Sensei Lee who runs our Sleaford Club.

This is a family orientated club with direct lineage to Japan. You can easily get involved, become a 5th generation Aikido martial artist and enjoy all aspects of that experience. It’s a fantastic way to keep fit, have fun and meet new people. Feel free to step on the mat and get to grips with the basics. There is so much on offer to all people, give us a call if you have special needs, we will do our best to accommodate all differences. Any questions are welcomed and you can simply have a chat about your needs.  You could find yourself jetting off to Tokyo with us for the ultimate martial arts holiday of a life time. Pick up the phone and get in touch. 07925 188 363

If you feel Aikido could be for you, how about taking part in one of our classes, or come along to meet us at first hand and watch a session. For beginners, we offer an excellent value introductory offer of 10 lessons for just £50!  After that the monthly fee is just £20 per month.

From the Blog

2015, A new era for Eiryukan Aikido

Happy 2015 to you all. We had the most spectacular 2014 with the launch of Eiryukan Dojo, the Japan trip and three new black belts on the team.

Thank you for all your energy and input across the board, it has made it all happen in the best spirit.

Catherine Sensei ladies only day session on a Wednesday is taking off with a nice group building together.

Lee Sensei has founded a great group in Sleaford and is promising to go from strength to strength with our first satellite club.

The dojo is potentially open to rent to other groups please get in touch to discuss your needs.

This year has more big gradings on the way, more tournaments, more special seminars, visits and lots of exciting events in schools and at the dojo. We will be sending out club news and information via email every month so let us know your address to keep up to date with whats happening and when.

Thank you to everyone for your good vibes, see you on the mat soon.

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Eiryukan Dojo is born

We are pleased to open Eiryukan Dojo today. After quite a few years on the road we now have a permanent base. Thank you to all those that have supported the club and its development thus far. We will now be able to have even more exciting and focused Aikido activities. Specialised classes with more spac,e variety and opportunity.

Come along soon and check it out :)

Unit 23 Evans Industrial Park, Roman Way, South Hykeham. LN69UH

 

 

 

 

 

New Martial Art in Sleaford start Aikido

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Yes its true you can now find quality Aikido classes in Sleaford :) Lee Sensei kicked off the new club in March and now is the perfect time to reshape your style and get in the black belt groove.  At St Botolphs Community Centre in Monday evenings we are looking for new people to coach and get involved. Get in touch and check out our facebook page, we are waiting to hear from you now :)

 

Martial Art, Self Defence Course by Sensei Dan Holloway

5 women recently completed the Women’s Self Defence course held at the Ark in North Hykeham. The ladies’ were taken through six week of self-defence moves and principles by myself and Andy with attacks ranging from punches, grabs and kicks to knife defence and moves to get out of being pinned to the ground. The idea was to escalate the severity of the attacks each week so that the ladies’ were constantly pushed to develop new skills. The course ended in a test where the ladies’ were attacked randomly a number of ways and had to effectively defend themselves, either through strikes or locks and pins. The ladies’ were understandably slightly nervous about this stage of the course but all rose to the occasion and did themselves proud.

The course was, in my opinion a great success, with the ladies’ learning some potentially lifesaving tips to defend themselves, which hopefully they will never have to do. The course also provided some great learning and teaching points for me and Andy. It was the first course of its type that I had run and so was slightly nervous in the run up to it. However when it all started, it was fantastic fun to teach and a great atmosphere and both myself and Andy were sad the course was ending.

I would love to run future events in the future, focussing on the self-defence aspect of Aikido. It’s important to remember that Aikido, although providing many other benefits other than self-defence, is first and foremost a martial art, and I feel there is sometimes a tendency to forget this when we train due to the nature of Aikido. The techniques we practise, we practise with our partner, not our opponent and so compliance is necessary to help the learning process. It’s important to always bear in mind the principles behind Aikido techniques however. In a real self-defence situation, a perfect ikkajo or shihonage will never be accomplished where the attacker strikes and we perfectly pin them to the floor using step by step movements. The principles behind these techniques, such as generating power from the hips, not the upper body will work however and this ultimately, is what Aikido training and martial arts training in general are about in my mind.

The ladies self-defence course was the perfect opportunity to test these ideas and by the end of the course, the ladies were effectively defending themselves again myself and Andy. Future events like this I would love to do such as other ladies self-defence classes, as well as men’s and mixed ones.

Testimonials

I recently did the 6 week self defence course & I learnt so much – from getting out of being pinned down to disarming someone with a knife. I loved the the fact that each week was recapped so it was easy to remember. It was fun but also very informative. I now have confidence that I could handle most situations & keep myself safe – Jo Wilkinson

I signed up for the course as I thought it would be useful to me and also for exercise. I did not know anyone on my first visit, however I was put at ease by the instructors and we were soon pushing and bending arms of the new friends we had just made. Some of the moves we were taught are invaluable and at the time when we were told what we had to do to help ourselves out of a situation, sounded a bit “easy” nevertheless, relaxing and not tensing when someone has their hands around your neck really helps to push them away. Not only were we taught moves for getting out of tricky situations, we were also taught how to keep calm, keep eye contact, talk to the perpetrator and use the element of surprise to aid escape for instance asking questions and then using your hips to thrust the person away and roll, leaving them disorientated and hopefully in pain once you have initiated a good elbow on departing. The course has been indeed valuable to me and I know that I feel confident that I can use moves which will assist me in the future. This was shown in the final test we undertook in which there was an element of surprise! I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of taking up a self defense course – Kate Chippendale

 

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Zanshin, Martial Art Concepts No.1

1392587687756Hi to all Aikido heads, martial artists, those interested in Japan, Budo, physical movement and development :)

Eiryukan Lincoln is the home to a colorful array of experiences and activities, we aim to excel in every area and value your contact and feedback.

As 2014 is a big step forward in the club on many levels I felt it a good time to kick start the web content with quality images, stories, ponderings and anecdotes.

I found this informative link with an array of ideas to explain the term Zanshin and a tale at the end about Ueshiba Sensei which I have not heard before.

When I was training in Japan I was told that Zanshin, meant awareness, a strong focus particularly at the end of a technique showing readyness with an alert stance for further attack. The phrase “When the battle is over, tighten your chin strap” which is found in the fighting arts.com article above really resonates with me and summerises what I heard first hand succinctly. As you train keep this idea in your mind to guide you into more focused and ultimately more enjoyably aware performance. Let us know about you results :) Stay on the path and see you soon. Osu