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News Update Monday 30th November

Congratulations

to everyone who earned their Black Belt promotions on Saturday! You all did a great job and we’re very proud of you all.

Training Focus

Here is the training focus for this weeks Adult classes.

Monday: Ikkajo & Tanto

Tuesday: Nikkajo & Self Defence

Wednesday: Sankajo & Sword

Thursday: Yonkajo & Ukemi

Friday: Shihonage & Dynamic

Saturday: Sokkumen Iriminage & Jo

Kids’ Life Skills Education

Check out the video for a brief look at what we will be talking to the kids about in the ‘Life Skills’ section of our classes.

Kid’s Testing Module

This Month our Dragons, Juniors and Cadets will be tested on Module 3 of their curriculum. Check out the videos to see exactly what your child should be practicing.

Juniors & Cadets

Little Dragons

Motivational Thought for the Day

“This thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Mary Pickford

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 9th November

Training Focus

Here is the training focus for this weeks Adult classes.

Monday: Shihonage & Ukemi

Tuesday: Nikkajo & Dynamic

Wednesday: Hijiate & Jo/Firewalk

Thursday: Tenshinage & Tanto

Friday: Kotegaeshi & Self Defence

Saturday: Shomen Iriminage & Sword

Kids’ Life Skills Talk

As I missed putting this up last week, here is the life skills topic for this month’s Mat Chats.

Firewalk

This Wednesay is the Firewalk! We will be starting at 19:00, so please be here with plenty of time to spare!

Make sure that whatever you wear, you do not have any trailing clothing as this tends to lead to very sudden and exciting events!

Under 18s MUST be acompanied by a responsible adult.

We should be finishing around 21:00. Afterwards anyone who wishes to go out for a refreshment or two is welcome to join us!

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You are your choices.”

Seneca

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 2nd November

Training Focus

Monday: Sokkumen & Dynamic

Tuesday: Shihonage & Jo

Wednesday: Yonkajo & Tanto

Thursday: Sankajo & Self Defence

Friday: Nikkajo & Sword

Saturday: Ikkajo & Ukemi

Firewalk

The firewalk is next week. Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock. Be here with plenty of time to spare as we will want to kick off on the dot.

Kids Grading Curriculum

This month the kids will grading on Module 2 of their curriculum.

Juniors/Cadets

Little Dragons

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 26th

Training Focus

Here is this week’s training schedule. The class focus for each day will be Gradings and Curriculum. The modules are:

Monday: Ukemi

Tuesday: Dynamic

Wednesday: Jo

Thursday: Tanto

Friday: Self Defence

Saturday: Sword

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 19th October

Training Focus

Hi all, this week is another week of Curriculum practice. Next week will be grading week.

Here is the Module focus for the week.

Monday: Jo

Tuesday: Tanto

Wedneday: Self Defence

Thursday: Sword

Friday: Ukemi

Saturday: Dynamic

Firewalk

We need everyone who is going to be attending the firewalk to make sure that their name is down on the list. This will help us get a better grasp on how many people will be attending, and therefore plan a more enjoyable event for all.

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Failure is success in progress.”

Unkown

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 12th October

Training Focus

This week is currirulum week. We will have 2 weeks of curriculum practice this month before gradings so make the most of it and get as much practice as possible before your test.

Monday: Tanto

Tuesday: Self Defence

Wednesday: Sword

Thursday: Ukemi

Friday: Dynamic

Saturday: Jo

Quote

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.

William Feather

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News Update Monday 5th October

Training Focus

Here is the training focus for the week;

Monday: Hijiate & Self Defence

Tuesday: Tenshinage & Sword

Wednesday: Nikkajo & Ukemi

Thursday: Kotegaeshi & Dynamic

Friday: Shihonage & Jo

Saturday: Shomen Iriminage & Tanto

Quote For The Week

Say Yes to Life. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

Henry James

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News Update Monday 28th September

Training Focus

It’s week one of the month again, and this month is a five-weeker in Dojoland. This means that you will have twice as much time to practice your curriculum before testing at the end of the month. Here is the training schedule for the week.

Monday: Yonkajo & Sword

Tuesday: Ikkajo & Ukemi

Wednesday: Shihonage & Dynamic

Thursday: Nikkajo & Jo

Friday: Sokkumen & Tanto

Saturday: Sankajo & Self Defence

Kids’ Life Skills

The over-all theme for this months life skills discussions is how to develope possitive personality traits, and what benefits these traits can give you.

Kids’ Grading Curriculum

Here are the techniques that the Kids will be graded on at the end of the month.

Juniors/Cadets

Little Dragons

Quote for the Week

Character is not cut in marble; it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing…

George Eliot

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News Update Monday 21st September

Training Focus

This week is Gradings and Curriculum Practice. If you need any help getting ready for your gradings, be it tags or a belt please ask and let us help. Here is the module schedule for the week.

Monday: Ukemi

Tuesday: Dynamic

Wednesday: Jo

Thursday: Tanto

Friday: Self Defence

Saturday: Sword

 

Balance Through Discipline

Here is some interesting reading from this months ‘Lessons in Mindfulness’. Important reading for everyone I think, myself included.

External discipline

One of the greatest benefits of studying martial arts is greater self-discipline and self-control. From birth, discipline is a part of the human experience. Imposed on us by caring parents and relatives, discipline teaches us to make wise choices. Teachers, coaches, law enforcement officials, and other authority figures soon add their influence. External discipline is used frequently to obtain compliance in the military, prisons, religious orders or any regulated environment requiring specific behaviours. It can be an effective method to control individuals, but when the authority figure or consequence disappears, often we realize that the behaviour was just being controlled rather than transformed, or repressed rather than rehabilitated.

Freedom is born of self-discipline. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses.

–Alan Valentine

Internal discipline

As we mature, we realize the importance of self-imposed discipline or internal discipline. For example, eating well and exercising usually maintains our health. Building a successful career demands discipline of our time. Financial success requires the discipline to save and invest regularly. In our culture, certain holidays and rituals inspire us to become more disciplined. Birthdays, our annual reminder of the passing of time, can be an opportunity to acknowledge what we have accomplished, as well as what we have not. Without a doubt, the most popular time of the year for assessing our lives and vowing change is January 1st. The beginning of a new year gives us a fresh slate for new resolutions, and millions of people participate in this annual ritual. But well over 90% of us give up on our sincere and heartfelt visions within months. This confirms the need for commitment, follow-through and good old fashioned self-discipline.

Continuous action

Start investing the time and energy needed to design the life you desire in great detail. Then take continuous action on that design, never stopping until you reach your goals. If you are thinking that this seems really hard, you are right. However, everything in life is hard. Being poor, sick or uneducated is difficult as well. You have a choice: Take control of your life, making it satisfying and rewarding, or allow circumstances and outside forces to determine your future, and ultimately, your life.

We must all suffer one of two things: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.

–E. James Rohn

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 14th September

Training Focus

This week the class focus will be on curriculum practice. If you have any questions at all about your individual techniques this is the time when you must get on the mat. Here is the the schedule for the Module focus for the week.

Monday: Dynamic

Tuesday: Jo

Wednesday: Tanto

Thursday: Self Defence

Friday: Sword

Saturday: Ukemi

Congratulations..

..to Stephen Randell who passed his Shodan grading! On behalf of the Academy, we wish you all the best in your studies at Uni and remember you’re always welcome back on the mat whenever you’re in the area.

Kids’ Grading Content

With Grading week just around the corner here is a reminder of what we are going to be practing and then testing our Dragons, Juniors and Cadets on for the next 2 weeks.

Little Dragons

Juniors/Cadets

Quote

Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit – love.”

Morihei Ueshiba

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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