Here is the first of two updates on the Aikido course in Grimsby a few weeks ago.
For all those that couldn’t make it, it really was a great course and even though we from Aikido Northampton did not stop for the Sunday session, we thoroughly enjoyed it, both on and off the mat !
It started off on Friday evening with our old friend (in both senses of the phrase) Mike Jennings being awarded a long overdue grade of 4th Dan, made even more special by the completely full mat and also an appearance by his first ever Aikido Instructor John Gorry
John Gorry explaining how he knocked some Aikdo basics into Mike on his first class
Back in 2000, I took my 3rd Dan in Aikido. The grading consisted of me instructing a 1/2 day course to a range of grades of Aikido, then peforming techniques as requested by the examiner (Vince Thompson)
However, the most daunting aspect was being asked to to produce a paper on “The Effect Of Aikido On The Individual”. I had not done anything like this in years and to be honest, dreaded the thought.
However, as soon as I had done it, I felt I had actually learned a lot about myself in the process.