Achieving Mastery & News update 13 Jun

Training focus for the week

Focus for this week is curriculum. The Friday 30 minute weapon slot will be Jo with the Bokken on Saturday

Sword Cutting

Today the 13th of Jun  is the last day to order mats for sword cutting on 24th of this month. Dojo 2 will be set up for sword cutting from 1300 onwards. If you have mats to cut just come along any time, it doesn’t have to be during lesson time.

50+ Aikido

Soon we will be rolling out an Aikido programme for age 50 plus. This system will exactly mirror our current curriculum except there will be no rolling or flip falling. Our current students age 50 plus can stay where they are if they are happy tp do so. or they can switch to our new classes which will be in Dojo 2 on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 – 2.00pm and on Friday at 6.30pm there will also be a Friday weapons class made available for this group.
This will be a perfect vehicle to provide physical exercise and mental stimulation to mature students without exposing them to the risks of falling and rolling. If you know of anyone that may benefit or be interested in this programme then please pass the word on. More information will be available soon.

Private lessons now available

Private lessons are going to be made available. There will be two slots per week which may be booked on a first come first served basis. The lessons will be with me and will include a 45 min class, video footage will be taken followed be a 15 minute video debrief. The video will then be made available to  you as a reference. The two time slots are Wednesday and Friday 1 – 2 pm. The cost will be £120.00 for basic members and £20.00 for BBC.

Collecting email addresses

Please keep emailing in your email address at We can only do so much by text and not everyone checks the blog so email will be a good medium to ensure we communicate with you as effectivly as possible.

7 steps to mastery

Steps 3 & 4

3. Perseverance

At first glance, perseverance might seem the same as patience, but they are different principles. Perseverance means that you practice regularly. You come to class two to three times a week consistently.

A student was coming to class only 2 or 3 times a month. His teacher asked him about his inconsistent attendance, and he responded with a smile, “Sir, I am patient. I plan to practice for the rest of my life, so I am not in a hurry.” His teacher explained that patience is a great quality, but skipping classes slows progress. When practice becomes inconsistent, making excuses for staying away becomes easier. The most successful long-term students are those who stick to a consistent weekly routine from the very beginning-no excuses!

A serious martial artist cultivates

mindfulness in all phases of his life.

4. Practice Hard

Prepare to push yourself-body and mind. During class, you will sweat, and push your body to its limits. Mentally focus on your techniques with such intensity, that you have no room for any of the day-to-day problems and frustrations you might have brought with you.

With effort, you will begin to break through physical limitations. You will begin to feel more confident, and your new assurance will carry over into other areas of your life. When you train your body and mind together, you are preparing to take on life and its challenges. Cultivate an attitude of discipline and concentration in class. Don’t allow yourself to locus on anything else but your practice. Drop the outside world at the door. With a break from your regular life, a clearer, more objective perspective will come into view. You’ll be able to see solutions to your problems with fresh eyes.

Role Model Day

Friday 17th June is the kids’ Role Model Day. The students can bring along anyone from the family that they look up to and we’ll all get on the mat and have some well deserved fun. Come and see what we are teaching our young students. On the following Monday 20 come back and look at things from an adult perspective.

Outdoor Weapons

Saturday 18th June is the Juniors’ Outdoor Weapons Day. The class will be between the usual times of 10:30 and 11:30. We’ll take the Juniors up to Woodthorpe Park with a load of wooden weapons and have some fun in the sun. This event is open to guests so bring a buddy.


“Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.”

Hyman Rickover


Sensei Ken Robson Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham