Looking forward to this event already. It will be great to get members from Ireland and the UK together on our mats. Great to catch up with old friends and as always, make some new ones.
The official Gowa Ryu Akido club T-shirt is now available.
The shirts are GILDAN HEAVY COTTON 175-185 g/m2 preshrunk cotton. Available in adult sizes, small, medium, large, xl, 2xl and 3xl. Children’s sizes are available too.
All shirts are made to order and are fully customizable, with additional Aikido kanji, your name in Katakana or your own slogan across the back of the shirt.
The basic shirt comes with the instantly recognisable Gowa Ryu Akido logo placed on the left chest area. The five ring design is in red with white Kanji on a black shirt, or red with black Kanji on a white shirt.
Those wishing to purchase the club T can either see Trevor at the Dojo or contact us with your requirements.
Also available are various other Aikido based designs and some that are just funny.
Those belonging to other clubs and organizations, please feel free to approach Trevor regarding T-shirts for your club or event.
This weekend, the 3rd edition of the South Of The River seminar took place at the SAGA Pavilion in Sandgate, Kent.
We were lucky to have an excellent line up of instructors: Yoshiomi Inoue, Ken Broome, Shaun Hoddy, Harvey Goodman, Mick Pratt and Danielle Jones. We were also honoured to have a visit from Tetsu Ehara Shihan.
The atmosphere was very friendly as all the students were keen to practice new techniques. The different approaches from the various senseis made this weekend very interesting, whether you were a beginner or an experience practitioner. It really gave everybody something to think about and work on. I wouldn’t know where to start to resume the lessons, so if you missed it this year, look out for the next one!
It was also an excellent opportunity to practice with aikidokas who came all the way from Ireland, Belgium and Holland.
Even the juniors had a good time with a tanto taisabaki and open kata competition. I was impressed by their sustained attention and performance.
The whole event was a fundraising event, with all the profits going to SAGA Charity. We will let you know the results soon.
Anyway, a big thank you to everybody who gave their time and money and made this weekend a successful event.
Tetsu Ehara Shihan & Yoshiomi Inoue Sensei
Please note the last training day at Ashford will be Tuesday 14th August 2012.
We will be back on Tuesday 4th September 2012.
On Saturday 14th July 2012 was the last Dan grading under the ZETAR name.
On the panel were Shaun Hoddy, Greg Barton, Andy Wisbey and Alan Cooper.
We have a a few promotions for Kent members: Lis Jepsen, Christophe Courtin, Phil Eyers, Eoin Kerrigan and Tom Davey were all promoted to Nidan (2nd dan).
Congratulations to them, and to all the others who passed their grading on the day.