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A Warrior of Light is Never in a Hurry


It was with great pleasure that I presented a 6th Kyu award to Julie on Wednesday. She has trained diligently over the last year and made a tremendous start on her Aikido path. Already a 3rd Dan in the art of Karate, Julie has a vast wealth of experience behind her and like all true artists her efforts to develop have been unflagging. She has taken her time in exploring the subtleties of Aikido, dedicated herself to attend a variety of classes and in helping others in their training. This has all been alongside her own teaching, work and personal commitments. A very big congratulations to you Julie.

Lao Tzu says of the warrior journey ‘ The Way involves respect for all small and subtle things. Learn to recognise the right moment to adopt the necessarry attitudes. Even if you have fired a bow several times, continue to pay attention to how you position the arrow and how you flex the string. When a beginner knows what he needs, he proves more intelligent that an absent minded sage.’

3rd Dan Test

A chance to see most of this summers 3rd dan test by myself in Tokyo this summer. The culmination to a lot of hard work training and teaching in the U.K and in Japan. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this path of martial arts. Im most grateful !

New Aikido Belts in Lincoln and Nottingham

As we get to the end of 2009 it is my pleasure to congratulate Emma and Andy on reaching their first brown belt. In the busy worlds of family life and work this is a great acheivement on many levels, and a testament to their dedication. Becky passed her 5th kyu on the same day and has shown great progress in technique and flexibility, Congratulations. Ben passed his 6th kyu in the junior ranks with an excellent performance of kihon dosa renzoku and 31 jo, well done young man.

In Nottingham the Shoshinkan Aikido club held its end of year gradings and party on the 19th. The overall standard was very high and reflects the great level of training going on across the whole year. It was a pleasure to be part of this event and I look forward to training with everyone again in 2010.