News update 7 Feb 2011

Training focus for the week

Monday – Ikkajo

Tuesday – Hijishimae

Wednesday – Shomen Iriminage

Thursday – Nikkajo

Friday Sankajo / Bokken

Saturday Kotegaeshi / Jo

Self defence course- feedback

By Sensei John Russell

I thought that you might like some feed back on the car park exercise on Fridays self defence class. I  must admit that I have always been doubtful as to what someone would do in the conditions that you set up.
I had a great experience that night. During the day one of your yellow belts ( a female) was work through a reaction technique in two teams where they are pushed from behind recover quickly and face the aggressor putting on a deflection technique on the follow up. She was working hard and as encouragement I told her how well she was doing. During your self defence course I saw her react on Ross when he attacked, and I said to you that Ross went flying from that one.
That evening sitting at the table in the pub I said to Ross what happened in the car park. He said one minute I was hitting on her, then went flying i don’t really know I was on my knees in the gravel.
I now think that If what you are doing gets into their syllogistic state of mind then their reaction will be positive regardless of how much training they do physically.
Best regards

Our Juniors are on Form

Some of our younger students working hard showing some great form.

Junior Leadership course is now running

After our first class last saturday Sensei Matt inform parents:

Dear Parents/Carers,

            Every Saturday we will send a letter home with your child outlining the things we have covered with the students on the Junior Leadership Course.

Today we talked about why we call ourselves a ‘Black Belt Academy’ and how that makes us different to other martial art schools. We also talked about the value of good communication and how a positive greeting can make a world of difference to someone who feels uncomfortable or out of their depth.

            We also trained the S.W.A.T. in a method of teaching that allows them to make criticisms and adjustments without damaging the ego of their students, by administering praise before and after making corrections.

            This session’s aikido training involved developing greater precision of movement in basic techniques as well as a movement exercise that helps teach the idea of flow.

            Each week the students will be given a task to complete outside of the dojo, and this week’s is to for the students to do something nice for a family member, a friend, a fellow student and a complete stranger. The acts need only be as simple as holding a door for someone in a shop or allowing a sibling to watch the channel of their choice.

            On the final day of the course there will be a short test which will involve a small written piece and a practical demonstration. As I mentioned in my previous letter the course will finish off with a military style team building exercise. The students must have attended each day and successfully passed their test to participate. This is set to be an awesome opportunity as we will have the assistance of a serving Royal Marine to help in training the students for a series of simulation combat manoeuvres such as hostage extraction. After the exercises we will have a pizza party with the students so they can unwind and relax after the intensity of the day.  

We look forward to seeing your child again next week, all the best,

Sensei Matt

Motivational Seminar

Motivational seminar and board break on Friday 11th Feb. I would like to see all foundation class there please, some really valuable content that will help you focus and stick with your training. Please feel free to invite guests to participate in this fun event. The seminar will start at 6:30 and end around 8:00 then we will move onto the Chestnut pub for a social get together.


“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Sensei Ken

Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham