Achieving Mastery and News Update 20 Jun

Focus for the week

Focus for this week is curriculum again ready for testing next week. This is a 5 week month (in the dojo) so that gives you plenty of time to get at least 8 black tags to qualify for testing. Obviously you need to know your stuff also.

BBQ Open day

Like last year we are planning another BBQ and open day to be held on Sat 16th July. Bring friends and Family, there will be plenty of things for the kids to do. Food will be available for purchase as last year. Please provide your own drinks.

Sword Cutting

Sword cutting will take place all day Friday, from 12.30 – 20.00 make sure you pick up your mats asap as they need to soak for some time before cutting. If you feel confident you may even want to bring some guests along to watch. If you wish we will video your cuts and if you bring a storage device you can take the video away with you.

50 Plus

We plan to launch 50 plus Aikido on Tuesday 6th September. This class will be a very safe way for more mature people to remain active in both mind and body. There will be no falling or rolling or high impact activity. The classes will be exclusively for 50 plus. Our current crop of mature students (me included 🙂 no change) unless of course you want to try it out. Please pass the word if you know people who may be interested.

Mastery stage 7

7 Passion

The final principle in becoming great at anything is passion. You must love what you are doing. Martial arts develop discipline, but no one can reach greatness through pure discipline alone. You must love your practice so much that you embrace it with great passion. Many masters in different styles began with feeble bodies and difficult physical challenges. Their passion for their practice kept them coming to the dojo. Unfortunately in our busy society, few people set up their lives, to consistently include an activity that brings them immense pleasure and joy.

To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill.

To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.

Remember the phrase;

You need something to live for and something to die for. You are very fortunate if they are one and the same.

Passion plays an immense role in the quality of your life and your happiness. You simply must find something, which feeds you and completes you each day. Maybe the beginners are thinking, “Whoa, slow down, I just came in for some classes. I don’t know that I love this yet.” To become a great martial artist, or for that matter, great at anything, you must learn to love what you are doing! If you are new to the practice, just concentrate on having fun. Enjoy your time in class and be enthusiastic. Slowly the passion will develop.



“Life is a magic vase filled to the brim; so made that you cannot dip into it nor draw from it; but it overflows into the hand that drops treasures into it – drop in malice and it overflows hate; drop in charity and it overflows love.”

John Ruskin



Sensei Ken Robson Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham