News Update Thursday 30 August

Grading Week

Its grading week! By now I know that for most of you this will be a familiar beat but I’m going to keep banging the drum anyway.

It is so important that every month you show us what you can do: it is not about getting new belts, it is about showing us that you are ready to  learn a larger range of techniques and start being taught a greater depth of technical understanding.

Remember, Black Belt is only the beginning.

18 Rules of Living by the Dalai Lama

This is a piece I found while stumbling around the interwebs and I immediately wanted to put it up here for you guys. I think there are some very strong lessons here, some, like number 3, we teach already.

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6.  Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.


Sensei Matt Thurman, Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham