News Update Tuesday 17th April

Training Focus

This week is curriculum practice to get you ready to grade next week. It’s your job to get your tags so come in and make sure you have enough to grade.

Summer School

It’s that time again. We are now taking names for Summer School. Places are limited so you need to be quick to get on the list. Summer School falls earlier this year, due to the Olympics, and will run from Thursday 28th June to Sunday 1st.

There never fails to be a large core of people you feel that Summer School is not useful to them since having already attended once. Last year I wrote a piece about this that I think is still just as relevant.

I remember the feeling of overwhelming excitement before my first Summer School. Knowing that I would be seeing instructors that were as much celebrity to me as singers and actors filled my every waking thought. Now I have been training for roughly 6 years and guess what, I am still just as excited about the upcoming seminar as I was  all those years and belts ago.

I have heard people say, and high grades at that; ‘It’s always the same stuff’

To those people I have two things to say;

  1. I know that the same lesson will always mean a different thing to me because I have moved forward and developed since the last time I received it. When  I understand one aspect of what the instructor is saying the rest of lesson has a different meaning. This alone means that I will never take the same class twice.
  2. We are martial artists. For anyone to develop at anything repetition is not advised, it isnecessesary!

So if you think you have heard it all before, maybe you have, but I guarentee that you will not have understood or mastered more than a tiny grain of the knowledge these Sensei have to offer.

Knife Defence Day

Don’t let your nights out be ruined by the increasing danger posed by knife crime.

On Friday18th we are running a free knife defence course. This is open to all comers; friends, family, novices or experienced martial artists. Call or email us for more information.


Sensei Matt, Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham