Sunday, 25 August 2013

31 Jo Partner Class

Two members of the Hartland Club (Huw Collingbourne the Hartland Club Sensei, and Dermot Hogan) once again visited the Iwama Aikido weapons class given by Sensei McGlone at the Wellsprings Aikido Club in Dorset. This month the subject was the 31 jo kata partner practice. As always, it was an interesting and challenging class. This is the group photo...


Friday, 23 August 2013

The Hartland Aikido Club's new blue belt!

Congratulations to Dermot Hogan who took his blue-belt grading yesterday. He coped well with the speed and pressure of the grading and passed with an impressive performance that included a very broad range of techniques. I'm happy to report that Dermot set an excellent standard. Thanks also to Pete Blayney (Dermot's uke) who showed considerable spirit and stamina. I felt exhausted just watching them!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Learn A Martial Art in North Devon!

It's that time of year, as we draw to the end of summer and autumn is on its way, when many people start thinking about doing something new that will help them make it through the dark days of winter. If you live in North Devon, may I suggest Aikido?

We have a great little Aikido club in Bucks Cross, close to Clovelly and Hartland and well within easy reach of anyone living in the Bideford and Bude areas. We have excellent judo mats for safe and comfortable practice. And we welcome beginners. In fact, you will even get your first lesson free. So come and join us!

By way of inspiration, here is a short video of Koichi Tohei, founder of the style of Aikido ('Ki Aikido') that we practise at our club.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Aikido, Monday 5th of August

No, we aren't taking a break this Monday! Normally we don't practise on the first Monday of the month due to the fact that the Village Hall at Bucks Cross is used for other purposes. Well, not this Monday. We shall meet as usual at 7:30 on Monday evening. See you there!