Dan Grade Presentation

In the New Year, Doshu Yoshigaski promoted me to Godan (Fifth Dan). I was presented with my certificate by Sensei Burgess this Saturday during his monthly seminar in Coventry where we have now resumed training.

Sensei Burgess was also promoted to Kudan (Ninth Dan) in the New Year. I learnt that he got his Shodan the same month and year that I was born. There is an article about Sensei Burgess’s Aikido journey in last month’s Ki Newsletter.

Tube Strike

Unfortunately, due to the tube strike on Tuesday, 3rd August we will have to cancel the lesson in the City Dojo next week.

The Thursday class in Ruislip will go ahead as planned.

Reopening

The British Aikido Board have released a statement last week confirming that is now legal to start practising Aikido again indoors next week. This can be found here

This would mean the next session in the City will be on Tuesday 29th July at 6pm

The first session in Ruislip should be on Thursday 22nd July at 7:30pm

The children’s class will continue to run every Sunday at 5:30pm as it has for the last month.

If you would let to attend any of these sessions could you use the Contact Us form first so that I can send you some details of the extra measures we will have in place to keep the practise as safe as possible.

Delayed Opening

With an extension of the restrictions for a few more weeks we will be delaying the adults class reopening until further notice.

The children’s class is allowed to start and will will recommence as planned on Sunday 27th June at 5:30pm

Reopening

We are hoping to reopen later this month. This would be subject to the British Aikido Board whose guidance we have been following.

The first adults class will be in Queensmead at 7:30pm-9:30pm on the Thursday 24th June

The children’s class will resume in Queensmead on 27th June at 5:30pm-7:30pm

The City club will resume on the Tuesday 20th July at 6:00pm-8:00pm

Of course, we’ll be monitoring the situation closely and these dates might change.

Remembering Doshu

it has been a few months now since since Doshu Yoshigasaki passed away. Here is the link to some of the memories we had together.

Sensei has left a lot of material with us, including a series of essays over the last year. These can be found here ago. However, he is a link to wonderful interview that Sensei gave nearly twenty five years ago. I’d suggest you give it a look as it is a great read.

Practise resuming across country

Although we haven’t started our classes in London yet we are happy to see that practise has started in other venues across the country.

For example, here is a photograph at the Alness Ki Society

Socially Distanced Practise

There are restrictions in place, that include maintaining social distancing and increased hygiene but, from the students and instructors we have spoken too, they are glad to be back training, even if its in a curtailed form for the moment.

We’ll keep assessing the risk here in London and will keep you posted when we will resume training.

Virtual Class Update

With the restrictions related to Covid-19 still in place, we will be continuing our virtual Aikido classes with Zoom.

We are teaching Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 6pm-7:30pm with instructors across the British Ki Society. So far, we have covered alls of the weapons katas; we are progressing our way through the grading syllabus and all the Tsuzukiwaza. As we are teaching electronically we have been able to reference video resources directly into the lessons which has allowed us to examine some nuances in the technique which otherwise would have been missed during normal teaching.

If you are interested in participating in the session, or perhaps would like to know try something similar for your club, please let us know through the Contact Us page.