I hope everyone enjoyed Summer School this year. Unfortunately Sugawara sensei had trouble with his knee but he did not allow this to detract from his instruction. He took time to further explain the ukemi which he has been working on with us, using a plastic cup as a teaching aid. He also touched on entry points, the timing of entry and the position of where uke’s weight should be shifted when performing techniques. Sugawara sensei’s teachings were excellently translated by Neil Blacknell, Azamikai Aikido, so our thanks go to Neil for helping us understand verbally, where physical instruction becomes limited.
The entertainment during the evenings was great fun. We had a Karaoke night, where a little darling by the name of Phoebe sang ‘let it be’ from the movie ‘Frozen’, at the end of the song she hit the high note especially well. The magicians were fantastic, the main act had everyone laughing and soaking wet! – Keith Hayward sensei came off worst of all. Thank you to Sue Hayward for arranging the entertainment, making our Summer School experience even better.
2015 is an exciting year for us as we will be hosting the UKA’s 30th Anniversary Seminar with Waka sensei (Mitsuteru Ueshiba).
There are probably only a handful of people that can say they have been with the association for 30 years! I am definitely not one of those, however, we can all feel proud that our association has managed to continue promoting Aikido, through some difficult times for three decades.
Congratulations to the following candidates who were successful in their examinations at summer school.
The following announcement was also made
Philip Winters promotion to Godan.
Our special guest instructor for the 30th anniversary seminar will be Mitsuteru Ueshiba sensei, who is the great grandson of the founder of Aikido. The seminar takes place on the weekend immediately following our UKA Summer School. We appreciate that this may take up two weekends of your time but this event may not be repeated for another decade, so I would kindly ask that you to do your best to attend both the full week of Summer School and our 30th celebration. The pricing is being worked on so that we can offer a discount if you are attending both events.
The dojo for the 30th Anniversary is at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, a different location to our Summer School venue of Harper Adams University (it is an estimated drive time of ten minutes). The accommodation will remain at the University (to keep the event as affordable as possible for us and lessen the inconvenience of switching between locations). Logistics are being worked on to help those who do not have transport to get you to and from the two locations.
Trust me, the people working on this are all trying to do their best to ensure we have a stress free time!!
The UKA is experimenting by taking online bookings for the event through the UKA website. We urge everyone to book their places soon, as invitations to the event will be extended out to the other associations within the UK. If you have any problems with booking your place on the website, please do visit the contact page and select ‘Webmaster – site feedback, issues and improvements’.
Expanded into other countries including Greece, France, Serbia and Australia and the forming the UKAI (United Kingdom Aikikai International)
Gained Hombu recognition as an Aikikai association, which is no easy feat
Fundamental in creating the JAC (Joint Aikikai Council) which is enthusiastically supported by Hombu
The association boasts having four instructors holding the title of shihan (senior teacher), awarded by Hombu: Mr Gordon Jones, Mr Peter Brady, Mr Keith Hayward & Mr Phillip Smith
Finally, our association Principal, Mr Gordon Jones, was promoted to seventh dan by Hombu, he has worked tirelessly to promote the UKA and this is a well deserved promotion
With all this in mind we can walk with our heads held high in sharing in these achievements.
To the following instructors and the members of their dojo for being in the top 3 slots of the national course dojo attendance competition.
1st Place goes to: Neil Mould’s dojo.
2nd Place goes to: Peter Brady’s dojo.
3rd Place is shared between: Peter Brown & Sue Smith’s Dojos.
Well done to all of the above dojos. Please keep up the good work. Unlucky to those dojos that were not in the top three on this occasion but good luck for future National Courses.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the UKA members a Happy Christmas and a great Aikido New Year for 2015!!
UKA Course Secretary