News update 23 May 2011

Focus for the week

The focus for this week is curriculum and testing. The weapon half hour on Friday is Bokken with Jo being taught on the Saturday after the main class.

Sword Cutting

See previous News update. You need to place your order for mats before 13 Jun 2011.

Bank Holiday

Another Bank Holiday coming up, on Monday 30th of May we will be closed. We will be open as normal on Saturday 28th.

New Junior Curriculum

As always here are the Shudokan we are looking for ways to improve the service we provide and the quality of our tuition. To that end we will be making a change to the curriculum for the juniors and cadets. We are planning to move to a rotating curriculum which will bring our coaching methods in-line with most of the leading dojo’s in the Martial Arts world today.

A rotating curriculum means that we will be teaching the same thing to all the children in class regardless of their rank. Testing will be done by the children completing modules rather than working to a specific list of techniques. Each belt grade will require completion of different modules. In all we will have six Modules each with 3 levels for both the juniors and the cadets.

Testing will take place during the last week of every month and the modules have been rotated such that each month a different module is available to be tested on. Please find attached a list of testing requirements for each belt.

Week 2 will specifically be badge week. We will extend each class by 10 minutes for children wishing to be awarded badges. Just be aware if your child is attempting a badge that week he/she may be a little late out of class.

The advantages of this systems we be as follows:-

  • The instructors will be able to afford each child more attention.
  • The children will be able to attain a higher standard for each belt level.
  • Parents and students will be aware exactly of testing requirements and testing dates.
  • There will be better use of time in class.
  • There will be a bigger focus on Self Defence, life skills and fitness.
  • Classes should be at a faster pace and more fun for the children.
  • More structure to awarding badges.

It is intended to start this new system in June. Obviously we will have a transitional period where children still may be testing on the old system for a short while; however I anticipate every child should be benefiting from this change within 3 months. If you have any queries please call us or have a word when you are next in the dojo, we would be more than happy to help you.


“Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.”

Samuel Johnson


See you on the mat

Sensei Ken

Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham