Monday, 30 October 2017

Aikido Course with Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros

Two of our North Devon aikido practitioners (Richard Small, front row, far left; and Dermot Hogan 3rd from the left standing) attended a workshop given by Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th dan, Aikikai, 4th from right, front row) in Dorset at the weekend. Lewis was teaching weapons and free-hand in the Iwama tradition. I look forward to discovering any insights Richard and Dermot may have taken from this course during our regular lessons at Holsworthy, Bucks Cross and Bideford Aiki-jo.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Holsworthy Aikido Weapons Workshop

Many thanks to everyone who came to the weapons workshop at Holsworthy last Sunday. It was a challenging and interesting afternoon (taught by Sensei Richard Small) in which we practised a broad range of techniques and exercises from the Iwama Aikido weapons syllabus. Let's see if we can arrange some more workshops soon...

Monday, 11 September 2017

Aikido in the Hartland Post!

Here's an article that I wrote for our local village magazine, The Hartland Post ( recently. Click the image to read it at full size...

Note, since I wrote the article we have opened a new club in Holsworthy but we now only practise once a week in Bucks Cross (on Thursdays).

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Holsworthy Aikido - now every Friday

The Holsworthy class has now moved from Tuesdays to Fridays. From next week - September 8th - the Holsworthy Club will meet on Fridays only from 7:30 to 9:00. Details in the poster shown below. As always, everyone welcome!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Aikido Weapons Workshop, North Devon

Sunday 24th September, 2017. Save that date! We shall be hosting an aiki-weapons workshop, taught by Richard Small (4th dan, Takemusu Iwama Aikido Europe), at the Holsworthy Leisure Centre North Devon between 12:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon.

If you are interested in learning about the Iwama weapons system, don't miss this. Sensei Small will be teaching a broad range of jo and bokken techniques including weapon-against-weapon or against empty-hand. The cost is only £10. Everyone with an interest in weapons is welcome, no matter what level of experience or what style of aikido you practise. In fact, even if you practise a different martial art but want to deepen your understanding of weapons, this would be a great introduction. The post below gives more details.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Holsworthy and Bucks Cross Aikido Club News

There are a few changes to the class schedules for the Bucks Cross and Holsworthy aikido clubs this September.


In September we switch from Tuesday to Friday evenings. Our last Tuesday evening class will be on Tuesday the 29th of August. Our first Friday class will be on Friday the 8th of September. Classes will continue every Friday thereafter.

Bucks Cross

The Monday classes will end from September onwards. Our last Monday class is Monday the 28th of August. The Thursday classes continue as normal.

All classes (Monday and Thursday at Bucks Cross; Tuesdays at Holsworthy) run as normal throughout August.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Holsworthy and Bucks Cross Aikido Classes in August and September

From September, the Holsworthy Aikido classes move to a new regular slot on Fridays. There is also one change to the Bucks Cross class schedule in August. Details below...

Bucks Cross Aikido Club

July 31  - Monday class at Bucks Cross as usual.
August 7 - Monday class at Bucks Cross
August 14 - NO class at Bucks Cross (due to another event, we are taking the night off!)

Apart from the change noted above, all Bucks Cross classes as usual at 7:30 to 9:30 on Mondays and Thursdays throughout August.

Holsworthy Aikido Club

Classes continue throughout August every Tuesday at 7:30 to 9:00.
The last Tuesday class will be on August 29th.

From September 8th, all classes at Holsworthy will be on Friday evenings. This will now be our regular class time. So, from September onwards, there are no longer and Tuesday classes. All classes are now between 7:30 and 9:00 on Fridays.