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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 11th May

Training Focus

Here is the training focus for this week’s Adult classes.

Monday: Shihonage & Ukemi
Tuesday: Nikkajo & Dynamic
Wednesday: Hijiate & Jo
Thursday: Tenshinage & Tanto
Friday: Kotegaeshi & Self Defence
Saturday: Shomen Iriminage & Sword

Bank Holiday

As usual, we are closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 25th. If you would miss out on one of your usual classes please make sure you get your catch up class!

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Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”

Les Brown

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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!

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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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Sensei Matt Thurman – Aikido Nottingham

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Kid free for Valentines day?

Here at The Shudokan Black Belt Academy we realise how difficult it can be to find childcare on Valentines Day. How difficult it can be to spend some quality time with that special person. That is why we have come up with a great idea. We will watch your children so you can go for a meal or just simply have some time alone. We will entertain your children from 18.30- 20.00 on friday 14th February. Bring them along for fun and games and a guarenteed fantastic evening! There is no charge for this. We do however advise that you provide your child with a drink. An hour and a half of what we have planned and a drink is essential! All of our instructors are CRB checked. Any questions please do not hesitate to call us on 0115 985 6504

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Breaking through your limitations

A wise phrase reads, “No one who has led a life of ease has a name worth remembering.” The lives of some of the most remarkable martial artists are woven with stories of great personal struggle. One of the qualities they all shared was relentless enthusiasm and optimism. We can all admire and learn from their unwavering positive attitudes. I don’t mean that we should adopt a “Pollyanna” attitude, and claim that the glass is half full when it is really empty. Instead, like these great martial artists, we could all benefit during our difficult moments, if we remember that, “this too shall pass.”
Control your reactions
Life always contains cycles of good times and bad. During either period, we only have control over one thing— our own behaviour—specifically, our reaction. Realizing this truth, great martial artists choose to develop habits, which lead them in the directions they wish to go. Once they determine their path, they stay diligent in their disciplines and choices. Everyone has heard the phrase, “attitude is everything,” but nothing sums up this concept as succinctly as the Japanese phrase, “Kaizen.” More than just a word, Kaizen represents a philosophy of commitment. The person makes a resolution to never stop improving.
Use your practice as a tool for disciplining and developing your body, as well as a means to building a strong and powerful attitude.

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News Update Monday 16th September

Training Focus

This week is curriculum week; You can get on the mat and work on YOUR techniques.

Got questions? Ask! Got worries? Tell us!

Do whatever you need to do to progress your training.

Sensei Mustard

We are privilaged to say that Sensei Robert Mustard will be taking a class here on Wednesday 18th September.

Places are limited to 20. If you want to get on the mat you need to put your name down and pay £20.

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Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”

Tom Stoppard

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Sensei Matt Thurman, Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update Monday 9th September

Training Focus

Monday: Shomen Iriminage

Tuesday: Kotegaeshi

Wednesday: Tenshinage

Thursday: Hijiate

Friday: Nikkajo & Jo

Saturday: Shihonage & Bokken

Anti Bullying Week

By now most of our kids are back at school and having a great time. Like us, I’m sure you want to keep it that way and the concern of bullying is never far from your mind.

All this week our classes will include a section of bully prevention techniques, including avoidance stratagies and physical defence. Our students are encouraged to bring as many friends to class as posible this week so we can share the skills required to live a happy and outgoing life withoutthe threat of bullying.

Parent Session

In addition to the sections in the children’s classes we are giving a presentation to parents and carers on what they can do to help their child if they are being bullied. This presentation will take place on Tuesday 10th September at 17:00 here at our academy.

Pizza Party!

Saturday 21st Sept.

At the end of the month we are hosting a VIP Pizza Party! If you want to get in all you need to do is get yourself a red wristband.

To get a wristband bring a friend to any class and you will both recieve a wristband! It couldnt be more simple!

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“A life without cause is a life without effect.”

Barbarella

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News Update Monday 2nd September

Training Focus

As it is week 1 students have the option of practicing either the day’s focus or their curriculum techniques.

Monday: Ikkajo or Curriculum

Tuesday: Nikkajo or Curriculum

Wednesday: Sankajo or Curriculum

Thursday: Yonkajo or Curriculum

Friday Shihonage or Curriculum and Bokken

Saturday: Sokkumen or Curriculum and Shinai

Kids’ Grading Modules

This month the kids are being tested on module 4 of their curriculum

Juniors & Cadets

Little Dragons

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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

Joseph Campbell

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News Update Friday 16th August

CHANGE OF PLAN

There is a change to the plan for tomorrow’s picnic at Bestwood Park. Owing to roadworks we are now meeting at Bestwood Lodge at 2:00 PM.

Events

End of Month Social

Friday 30th August. 8:00 PM.

After class on Friday we are getting together in the family room for a drink and a get-together. Please join us as this event marks the end of grading week and it would be great to congratulate everyone who will have graded this month.

Anti-Bullying Week

Monday 9th September – Saturday 14th September

As the kids go back to school we are inviting them to bring in their new friends to join a class and help share an interest. All of our classes this week will have a a heavy anti-bullying theme where we will discuss all sorts of stratagies from physical defence to body language and posture.

Parent Session

Tuesday 10th September 5:00 PM

Part of our anti-bullying week is parent education. We understand that when approached schools can sometime seem uncooperative or even unwilling to admit that they may have a bullying problem. Our parents’ session is focused around spotting when your child may be being bullied, approaching the school and if neccesary how to go higher up the chain if the school is unwill to help you and your child.

Board Break

Thursday 12th September, time to be confirmed

Our motivational seminars are second to none! We specialise in building confidence and helping people find a more positive way of life; One the events that we use to do this is our Board Break Seminar.

If you sometimes find yourself lacking in motivation or feeling down more often than you would like, come along to this event. It’s completely free, just call to book yourself on – 0115 9856504.

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News Update Monday 5th August

Training Focus

Monday: Shihonage

Tuesday: Nikkajo

Wednesday: Hijiate

Thursday: Tenshinage

Friday: Kotegaeshi and Bokken

Saturday: Shomen Iriminage and Shinai

Kids Testing Modules

Here is the content for the kids test at the end of this month.

Junior Cadet Testing Module

Little Dragon Testing Module

A Walk in the Park

We are going out to Bestwood Park for a walk and picnic on Saturday 17th August.

Kids! Bring your friends for bonus XP and any bokken that you own!

Meet us at the winding house entrance at 2 PM. See the map for more details.

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It is not good enough for things to be planned – they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.”

Pir Vilayat Khan

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