I would like to thank all the UKA members who supported summer school this year, I would also congratulate all the members who were successful in the promotion tests.
Katsurada sensei was a great ‘new instructor’, his aikido was remarkable, taking us all in a different direction while remaining true to the principles of Hombu dojo…flexibility, relaxed contact and focussing on body movement created a very martial aikido, often testing some fundamental principles. It certainly tested some of the best ukes in the UKA. We will look forward to seeing him again in two years’ time.
Congratulations again to those who took a test and also those senior members who were promoted to 5th and 6th Dan by recommendation.
Sensei also voiced his opinion on the promotion tests, in fact he completed the grading marking form that we use! His view corresponded exactly to the conclusions of the Shihankai, Kensankai and Shidoin, which gave us a full pass list. Congratulations again to those who took a test and also those senior members who were promoted to 5th and 6th Dan by recommendation. Hopefully we will receive confirmation on the 16th January at the Kagami Biraki of these promotions
As announced previously, the Kensankai gave senior students the opportunity to teach at Summer School with the aim of introducing new members to be part of the Kensankai over the next 3 years. We will look forward to observing their progress in the coming years. The Kensankai will be holding regional courses targeted at members who have an interest, however remote, of becoming aikido teachers in the future.
Summer School attendance was about 10% down on previous years wholly due to the absence of the Scots, French and lesser numbers of Greeks. Nevertheless, we cannot be complacent about the long term future of our Summer School: over the next few months, Adam Hurlin will be gathering together UKA members’ views on this event. We would be very keen to hear your views on why you attend and, moreover, why you don’t attend. Is it cost, venue, time or just don’t think it’s worth it!?
The aim is to fashion Summer School to appeal to the greatest number of aikido students both in and out of UKA in particular kyu grade members. Your help in determining what shape Summer School should take would be very much appreciated.
We have set up a form to help us capture these email addresses, the form is accessible by clicking on the following link http://eepurl.com/bKuaSz
The website is undergoing some needed updates, soon there will be a comprehensive and accurate directory of dojos and contact details. In the absence of a formal newsletter I will be issuing a newssheet just keeping members up to date with developments in the UKA. What the ideal situation would be is to have the email address of every UKA members stored in a central file. We have set up a form to help us capture these email addresses, the form is accessible by clicking on the following link http://eepurl.com/bKuaSz, it only takes a moment to complete so please help us by doing so and encouraging others to do the same by sharing this message. This would be used solely for UKA internal business. It would enable us to directly communicate with our membership to get opinions, views and feedback as well as keeping everybody fully informed of courses, events and news. The UKA does not belong to any group, it is run as best as we can for all of our membership.
It only takes a moment, please do take the time to complete
Thanks to the good work of Peter Brown, the UKA is fortunate to be able to welcome Sawada sensei to an extended Winter Course in 2017
Thanks to the good work of Peter Brown, the UKA is fortunate to be able to welcome Sawada sensei to an extended Winter Course in 2017. Sensei made a great impression on us all when he took part in Dojo Cho course last year. He was a student of Chiba Sensei and is a close associate of Doshu and Dojo Cho. The details will be on the website.
Once again many thanks to all UKA members for their continued support.
Samantha Remington -Jones