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News Update Monday 11th January

Training Focus

Monday: Hijiate & Self Defence

Tuesday: Tenshinage & Sword

Wednesday: Nikkajo & Ukemi

Thursday: Kotegaeshi & Dynamic

Friday: Shihonage & Jo

Saturday Shomen Iriminage & Tanto

Style Vs Style Pt. 1

Martial arts has always had a very broad meaning. Martial arts may refer to karate, aikido, judo, ju jitsu, kung fu, tai chi, tae kwon do, hapkido, kendo — in fact, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of styles of martial arts. Some are well-developed, well known styles taught in schools internationally, while many styles are indigenous to a specific rural village, taught and practiced only there for centuries and unknown to the rest of the world. Some arts specialize in kicking, while other focus on hand strikes and trapping. Some are throwing arts and others grapple — concentrating primarily on ground fighting. Although these styles and systems vary in origin — coming from China, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, as well as from other countries throughout Asia and elsewhere — they all teach martial technique, either empty handed or with a weapon.

Only a small number of these styles have successfully migrated to America, and only a fraction of those have come to the general public’s awareness. A particular style gains popularity almost exclusively through the media — specifically movies and TV — quickly gains a small following and grows in popularity only when it is successfully marketed or championed by a Hollywood star or professional athlete.

Modern History

The popularity of martial arts in the West over the past 50 years has its roots in the experiences of military servicemen returning to the U.S. at the end of the Korean War in the early 1950’s. Exposed for the first time to traditional Asian forms of empty-handed fighting and self-defence, these combat-trained soldiers were as fascinated by its efficiency and effectiveness as they were by its grace. Returning servicemen were among the first westerners in the U.S. to open martial arts schools.

The relative popularity of various martial arts styles has risen and fallen with the times. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the Judo craze mesmerized audiences with throws and locks. By the late 1960s and 70s, we saw the rise of Karate, a powerful striking art, and Kung Fu, popularized by Bruce Lee and, later, by the American TV series of the same name. Hundreds of thousands of students throughout the U.S. flocked to dojos to learn these mysterious new fighting arts. Words like ninja and sensei entered the general English vocabulary.

In the 1980s, a Korean art – Tae Kwon Do — burst upon the scene. One master was asked, “How did Tae Kwon Do become so popular?” His reply? “If I break a brick with my hand, it looks good, but if I throw a brick in the air and break it with a kick – that looks more impressive. Americans want to be able to defend themselves, but they also want to look good doing it.” Martial arts-inspired fight scenes became more and more prevalent in mainstream Hollywood movies. A whole generation of kids grew up watching the animated TV show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

No-Holds-Bared Competition

In the 1990s, the popularity of Brazilian Ju Jitsu coincided with the introduction of Ultimate Fighting, a contest that claimed to settle the age-old question, “Which martial art is the best?” Ultimate Fighting promised to end speculation, conjecture and arguments; it would all be settled in a cage. And, after winning match after match, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, as practiced by the Gracie family, consistently came out on top, appearing to be the style to beat. Ten years later, Ultimate Fighting has become an international sport, watched by millions around the world. Top competitors train hard, and Brazilian Ju Jitsu is just one successful style among many. Today, there are as many knock-outs as tap-outs. Grapplers are punching and strikers are grappling. It can be said that the lasting legacy of the Gracie family was to make the martial arts world address the issue of what to do when you are taken to the ground. Ultimate Fighting has become much less a contest of style vs. style, and much more a test of one particular fighter’s ability vs. another’s.

Given this history, it is easy to understand that people who have never studied martial arts see the entire practice as fighting. It’s only natural. Martial arts were introduced to the West in general and to the U.S. in particular by former soldiers who viewed the art as an effective mean of self-defence. And, if you view these as fighting arts, then it’s no surprise that the question arises, “If one style fought another, which would win?”

If you think about it, you’ll see that the question itself is beside the point. All authentic styles and systems teach self-defence skills necessary to take a confrontational situation under control or allow you to defend yourself if attacked. But people are rarely attacked in everyday life by professional fighters, or by trained martial artists. Most attacks are perpetrated by a punk or thug with a quick temper, often under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. So, which style is the most effective? From a self-defence perspective, virtually all authentic styles will work.

Part 2 next week.

Weekly Quote

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.

Jack Canfield

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 2nd February

Training Focus

Monday: Sokkumen & Free Practice

Tuesday: Shihonage & Jo

Wednesday: Yonkajo & Tanto

Thursday: Sankajo & Self Defence

Friday: Nikkajo & Sword

Saturday: Ikkajo & Dynamic

Kids’ Grading Modules

This month the kids are grading on Module 4 of their curriculum.

Juniors/Cadets

Little Dragons

Kid’s Mat Chat

Here are the topics that we will be dicussing with the kids this month.

Quote of the week

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.”

Frank Wilczek

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 26th Jan

Training Focus

This week is curriculum and grading. Here is the module focus for the week.

Monday: Grading/Curriculum & Dynamic Practice

Tuesday: Grading/Curriculum & Free Practice

Wednesday: Grading/Curriculum & Jo

Thursday: Grading/Curriculum & Tanto

Friday: Grading/Curriculum & Self Defence

Saturday: Grading/Curriculum & Sword

Events

Ourdoor Self Defence

Friday 20th Feb. 18:30 – 20:00.

This is our ‘Rural’ safety course taking place in Woodthorpe Park. If you take your self defence training seriously then this event should be considered mandatory!

You can meet at the dojo to go down to the park together, or feel free to meet us there!

Confidence Seminar

You! Yes you.

Do you want to feel more Confident? More Assertive? More Driven?

If you said yes then this is exactly what you need? Our whole focus with our teaching is to empower our students to live their lives in a way that gives them satisfaction, fulfilment and happiness.

Please let us know that your attending and if your abringing any guests and help us run a fantasic event, the more the merrier!

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“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.”

Miyamoto Musashi

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Tuesday 11th November

Training Focus

Here is the training focus for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Nikkajo & Tanto

Wednesday: Hijiate & Self Defence

Thursday: Tenshinage & Sword

Friday: Kotegaeshi & Dynamic Practice

Saturday: Shomen Iriminage & Free Practice

Kids’ Modules

In the month of November the Kids are being tested on Module 2 of their curriculum

Junior/Cadet

Little Dragons

November Mat Chat Themes

Event Updates

Outdoor Self Defence

We need an idea of how many people are going to be attending the event! If you are going to be coming along and if you are bringing friends please let us know as soon as possible.

Dog Walk

The dog walk is CANCELLED!

Quote

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

Harvey Fierstein

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News Update Monday 24th Fabruary

Training Focus

This week is Curriculum & Grading Practice. The Module focus for the week is

Monday: Self Defence

Tuesday: Sword

Wednesday: Dynamic Practice

Thursday: Free Practice

Friday: Jo

Saturday: Tanto

March Black Belt Tests

Saturday 29th March

Join us as we see our latests group of students test for their Black Belts! This is a great event to attend, whateer your grade; As a low Grade you will get to see what you are working towards and as a high Grade you may be reminded of just how far you have come.

Quote

There were two quotes I found today, and I cannot decide between them so have a double-whammy

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”

Jonathan Winters

“Choose positivity today.”

Author Unknown

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 17th February

Training Focus

It is Curriculum Practice this week. Here are the evening class extra practice modules;

Monday: Tanto

Tuesday: Self Defence

Wednesday: Sword

Thursday: Dynamic Practice

Friday: Free Practice

Saturday: Jo

Events

Outdoor Self Defence

Friday 21st 18:30.

See the map for directions.


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Junior/Cadet Auction

Thurs 13th March @ 17:15 – 18:15.

We have moved the aution back by two weeks to give you guys a chance to earn more Aiki-Yen and exchange more Prizes.

Bring a buddy to class to recieve a BIG payout.

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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Thursday 6th June

Upcoming Events

Here are the dates and info on the events for the next month or so.

Role Model Day

Sat 15th June

A day for all our young students to celebrate their families and the people they look up to. We are asking the kids to bring along a relative to class and join in with the lesson.

Bar Room Brawl

Friday 21st June

‘Nuf said really. We like to make our self defence programmes as effective as possible, which means that we need to get ourselves acclimatised to dealing with confrontation in the environments where we may actually have to deal with it. If you take your personal safety training seriously, this event is a must.

Kids Weapons Day

Saturday 22nd June

Little Dragons

Usual class times. The class will be 100% weapons practice. Bring a buddy anf have a great time.

Juniors/Cadets

We will be going our to Woodthorpe park for bokken training! We will be leaving the Dojo at 10:30 sharp tp walk to the park. If you are dropping your child of at the Dojo make sure they are ready to go as we do not want to miss anyone. You can meet us at the park, Mansfield Rd entrance, at 10:45. We will be leaving the park at 11:15, arriving at the Dojo for 11:30. Children must return to the Dojo unless collected by a parent!

Dojo Month End Social

Friday 28th June

After class on Friday evening we thought it would be nice to kick back in the famaily room, have a drink and socialise. It’ll be a bring-your-own do, so bring your favorite tipple and we wont judge.

Nerf Wars

Saturday 6th July

Ready! Aim! Fire….the foam darts…

Nerf wars are coming! Bring your own gun if you have one, to keep things simple make sure you mark your ammo so that you can recognise it and collect it later. If you want to bring more than one gun be prepared to let others borrow it.

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Sensei Matt Thurman, Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham

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Rural Self Defence Simulator – This Friday!

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Here is a map to the venue

Out-door self defence simulator Friday 8th Feb meet at the location which is an area to the rear of Woodthorpe park see above. Its about a 20 min walk from the dojo. Meeting at the location at 6:30. If you are driving there is lots of parking available. If you need a lift we will be ferrying people from the dojo from 6.00pm, the last ferry will leave at 6:30pm sharp. The training will be complete by 8:00pm. If you get there late look for us in the wooded area to the right of the first block of flats, go down a grassy slope and into the woods. The area is a little muddy so please wear appropriate clothing, you will get dirty. Feel free to invite guests, friends or family. The event is open to our cadets if accompanied by an adult. The dojo will be closed for classes after that last ferry leaves at 6:30pm

 

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This is what you will see having successfully navigated there! (only darker..)

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News Update Monday 21 January

Training Focus

It’s week 4 of January, and the way the dates have fallen mean that January is a 5 week month in Dojo-land, thus it is still Curriculum Practice this week.

Weapons

Adults

Friday: Bokken

Saturday: Jo

Juniors/Cadets

Tuesday: Bokken

Events

Family Fitness Day

Wednesday 23rd January, class times.

This event is open to Dragons as well as Juniors/Cadets, we are inviting family members on to the mat to try out some of what we do as well and have a great time with the kids. J/Cs, we are rewarding you with 10,000 Aiki-yen for every relative that you bring!

Outdoor Self Defence

Friday 25th January, 18:30.

We will be going to Woodthorpe park to run out outdoor self defence simulator. The aim of theses personal safety sessions is to give you previous but safe experience of hazardous situations that you will be able refer back to in order to base future choices should you need to. Arrive at the Dojo for at least 18:10 to give us enough time to get to the park, or met us there no later that 18:20.

Auction

Thursday 28th February, 17:00 to 18:15 (ish)

Use your hard, earned yen to bid on prizes. We need more prizes! Bring in old toys, games, DVDs etc and you will be handsomely rewarded

Board Break

Date TBD (Usually a friday), 18:30.

If like everyone else you’ve found your year to have a bit of a slow start, then get along to the board break and get your drive back! Our motivational seminars are second to none, we will get you fired up and ready to conquore 2013!

Quote

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Confucius

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News Update Thursday 18th Oct

5 Week Month

Good news everyone, it’s a five week month! This means that we have an extra week (duh) of curriculum practice before Gradings start at the end of the month. Make full use of these extra days to get on the mat and put a final polish on your techniques.

Outdoor Self Defence…

…is TOMORROW! If you are meeting us there see the map below and be there for 18:25. If you are coming with the group from the Dojo, meet here at 18:15.

If you take your personal safety seriously then the outdoor sessions are invaluable tools to help you improve your safety and awareness skills.

THERE WILL BE A NORMAL CLASS AT THE DOJO — (But it will be with Sensei Matt, who currently has one arm in a sling, so really you’re better off coming along to the outdoor session)

Record of Achievement Folders

We will soon be rolling out the facility for students of all ages to earn certification in many areas of their martial arts training. The certificates will be awarded to anyone who earns them, but we will be supplying some deluxe folders to store and display your achievements. As an example, some the certificates you will be able to achieve are;

  • Self Defence proficiency
  • Ukemi  proficiency
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Sensei Ken’s Certificate of Commendation
  • Traditional Weapon proficiency

Some of these certificates will require the completion of many modules and task before they can be awarded.

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Sensei Matt, Shudokan Black Belt Academy- Aikido Nottingham

 

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