News Update 16 May 2011

Back off Holidays

Had a great time walking in Snowdonia, our camp site was spot on and by coincidence the owners daughter lives in Hyson Green. Would recommend the site to any campers/walkers/climbers/bikers out there  No electricity available but the owners were happy to charge my GPS overnight.

Looking forward to getting back on the mat, seems I have not had a gi on for ages.

Focus for the week

Its curriculum all week with testing starting on Monday 23rd. Friday class will finish early (see below) so no Friday weapons. The Saturday weapon half hour will be Bokken.


Class ends at 7.30 on Friday so we can adjourn to the Horse and Groom in Baseford Some fine Keg ales and food available. Even if you cant make training that evening try to get along. Feel free to come accompanied.

Why I am good at Aikido

Truth is I am not really, I am only as good as 25 years training allow me to be. The reason I may APPEAR to be better than others at Aikido is that I have spent more years on the mat. The truth is if all my peers 25 or even 15 years ago were still training today I would be nothing more than average probably as many of them at the time, in my opinion, were much better than me. But they quit, and I didn’t, so I just appear to be good. I have no one left to compare myself with! A friend of mine said to me once “everyone quits, its just a question of time”. Well I didn’t! So………… am I really that good at Aikido……… maybe, maybe not. But I am awesome at not quitting.

The above thought was triggered by a facebook entry I saw the other day. A student contemplating quitting because after 10 years Aikido had lost its appeal. The great shame about this, is that the student in question is very good indeed, far better than I was at his level. Its sad because with such talent this student could potentially become a great Master, instead, like so many I have seen before, this student may be nothing more than just another Black Belt that quit.


“Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.”

Willis R. Whitney


See you on the mat

Sensei Ken

Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham