Friday, 6 December 2019

That's It For 2019!

The Hartland Aikido Club is taking a break during December. I'll post news when we start back again in 2020.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Does anyone in North Devon want to learn Aikido?

It is a great sadness to me that so few people have the interest or dedication to learn Aikido. This is a beautiful, powerful, elegant martial art. But it takes many years of sincere and hard study to make any progress. That fact, I think, deters people.

I have struggled for many years to encourage people to learn Aikido but very, very few people are sufficiently interested or motivated to take up this art. I can appreciate that people find it difficult to get to our venue in Bucks Cross. So here's an offer. If you would like to learn Aikido and you have a venue locally - maybe you already study some other martial art there - as long as it is within travelling distance, I am happy to come and teach one or more classes (no cost to you).

I've studied Aikido since 1983, my teacher was Sensei David Currie (7th dan), I've spent the last 8 years studying the Iwama weapons syllabus with Sensei Richard Small (4th dan). I've also studied at courses led by teachers in diverse Aikido styles including the great Koich Tohei (10th dan). I've been teaching Aikido since the late 1980s and have run clubs in London and in Devon. I would dearly like to pass on some of the knowledge and skill I've acquired over the years. All I ask is an open mind and a sincere desire to learn.

If you are interested, please use the contact page on this web site to get in touch.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

No Aikido 3rd October

The class at Bucks Cross is cancelled next Thursday (3rd October, 2019) due to work being done to the path leading to the Village Hall. We are back as usual next week!

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Aikido Cancelled (25th July)

Sadly, tonight's class is cancelled. I hope we'll be back as normal next week.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

No Aikido on 20th June

Sorry. There is no class this Thursday (June 20th, 2019). We are back as usual next week.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

30 Years A Black Belt!

I've just realised that next year is the 30th anniversary of my grading to black belt. I took my 1st dan grading in 1989, and my belt was awarded by my former teacher, Sensei David Currie. Where did the time go...?

Meanwhile, here's a video of Koichi Tohei, sadly no longer with us. Other than my own teacher, Tohei has been the greatest single influence on my own aikido.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

No Strength in Aikido!

The power of softness, the effectiveness of removing strength... these are the things that my students find hardest to understand. And they are the things which, in my view, are the most important to understand. I sometimes talk about "following the path of least resistance". For example, if someone is holding you strongly, by removing your own strength you will be able to let the person who is holding you find a path of movement that is simple and effortless. If you use strength against strength you will never find this path. Here's a short clip in which Endo Sensei illustrates this idea...