THE NORFOLK AND NORWICH CUA SHIN-GI-TAI AIKIKAI YODOKAN
What is Aikido
THE CUA AIKIDO UNION
PICTURES FROM SUMMER SCHOOL 2003
ARTICLES ABOUT AIKIDO LIBRARY
WHERE WE TRAIN AND SEMINARS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MY TEN YEARS TEACHING IN THE NORWICH AREA
MY FIRST VISIT TO NEWCASTLE
Woman and Aikido
THE SHIN-GI-TAI AIKIDO SOCIETY CLUB LIST
YOUR AIKIDO QUESTIONS ANSWERS PAGE
AIKIDO-WEAPONS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND USE IN TRAINING
THE FENCING PAGE
AIKIDO - THE DISABILITY PAGE
AIKIDO - NOTES ON TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED AIKIDOKA
OUR MAIN NORWICH SHIN-GI-TAI AIKIKAI DOJO
NEW SHIN-GI-TAI AIKIDO SOCIETY WEBSITE (HEADQUARTERS)
THE EASTERN SHOTOKAN KARATE ASSOSIATION
THE FUJIYAMA SCHOOL OF IAI BATTO JUTSU (NORWICH NORFOLK)
NEW USEFUL LINKS PAGE INFORMATION
SHIN-GI-TAI AIKIDO SOCIETY COURSES NOTICE:
WELCOME TO THE AIKI SHOP
NEW NORWICH -CUA AIKIDO UNION INFORMATION PAGE
THE AIKI-DOG WEB PAGE
THE AIKI CANE PAGE
CANE MASTERS INFORMATION - SHOP PAGES
Other sites of interest
my talknav page (gps system)
TSUNAMI YODOKAN - TEN SHIN RYU
Aikido from a wheelchair
POLICY OF THE CUA
Contact Information for Norfolk and Norwich Shin-Gi-Tai
Links for Norfolk and Norwich Shin-Gi-Tai
During your Martial Arts training, does your Sensei teach any Spiritual aspects to His/Her teaching?
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CONTACTING ME
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NEW COURSE REPORTS PAGE
I have now added a Course REPORTS PAGE TO THIS WEBSITE I HOPE THAT READERS WILL NOT only read the reports but hhopefully add there own comment by eMAILING THEM TO US AND WE WILL IF PRINTABLE,ADD THE COMMENTS TO THE PAGE AS WELL AS THE REPORTS.
NEW AIKIDO-DISABILITY PAGE
I am, when I have time, in the process of puting together a page devoted to those who are interested in Disability. This will take time to get all the information, I do hope that thjis page will be an inspiration and help to every one who visit this new page.
As you will notice when you come on line to this website, a Link called Welcome to the Aiki Shop is now on the welcome page.
The aim of this page is to sell Aikido merchantise and related products.
Any money made from the sale of these products do not go in to any pocket any profit that is made goes in to help run their Organisation, to help with Dojo costs, Mats etc.
I will be building this page as more products are made available. I must stress again, That No Profit is to be made out of the sale of the products on the page.
GUIDE DOG WINS AWARD
On the 8th September 2005, Griffin my Guide dog was awarded area Guide Dog of the Year 2005, Highly Commended. Although, he did not make the final 3 remaining dogs he is a very special ddog to me and my friends.
News for Janyary - February
It has been so far, a quiet year. Tfraining has been both hard and very amusing at times. We have had 2 weapons classes this year and I have started to include Cane Training as part of weapons.
All students so far are enjoying their training time.
The new Dojo in Sheringham area is coming along nicely, and Robin is keeping me well informed of what is happening.
I will be putting a link later on welcome page devoted to the second Dojo as other arts will be taught there.
I have now set in motion a research format for all Blind people in the Norfolk area to see if there is any interest in having Aikido - Cane Training for them. So far, the response is posative and yet hesitant.
I will be up-Dating the website when time permits as there is a lot going on at the moment and when things settle down, I then will have time to spend on website.
Please visit regularly as things will be changeing in the near future.
OPENING OF THE BEACH MULTI-ARTS CENTRE
From Monday, 24th April 2006, The Beach Multi-Arts Centre will be opening for business. For full information about the arts that will be available there please look on the appropriate link on the welcome page.
Aikido will be taught there on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m.
It would be appriciated if people interested could turn up at least 20 minutes before class so that registration can be done and class can begin on time.
I would like at this point to wish the Centre owner all the luck with his new venture and I will do my very best to help him as much as I can.
Although, we have not had any new students this last few months, the opening of the New Sheringham Dojo will I hope bring other new students in to both the Dojos.
The work rate over the last few months has been very high and all participating students have been working very hard on body movements and techniques.
Weapons training now includes Cane Training and as far as I am aware, all people seem to be interested and enthusiastic about the Cane System.
I am hopeing in the near future to involve other people with visual impairment (Blind) etc. in either the Cane or Aikido or even both. A survey has now been sent out to all known people with disabilities to find out if there is any interest and if so, what kind of interest.
I will up-date on this page when results are in and if anyone is interested, they will be contacted and invited to train according to their needs.
At the end of May, I am teaching at a CUA two-day Seminar at New Milton. There will be a report on that seminar when I return, please look on the Course Report page on welcome page.
News up-date May/June/July
It has been some time now since I have posted any news for this page. Mostly because of lack of free time....!
The Dojo at Sheringham is slowly but surely picking up members and those that are training there enjoy their Aikido Training.
The Norwich Dojo had one new member but he has now disappeared. Sometimes I wonder why they bother at all.
All students from both Dojos are preparing for their grading which will take place during the late part of October early November.
I am slowly introducing the Cane as part of the weapons sylabus and most people are very possative about the Cane. It is simply breaking down initial barriers.
I will be contacting the local Blind community during the month of September to ascertain if people would be interested in learning the Cane exercise system and the Self-defence system. It is not easy to ask people with visual impairments to venture out, I know that this applies to so-called normal people as well. Also, I will be contacting other groups of people with other disabilities to also find out if they would be interested in the Cane Masters System.
Can foresee a lot of work to be done but, am sure in the long term it will be worth all the effort.
I will when I find out how to do it, put some pictures of the Aikido Course that was held at New Milton at the end of last May, so that you can see some of the action.
The IshinRyu 2-Day international Martial Arts Seminar is once again upon us, details will be appearing on the Ishin Ryu Link on the welcome page and on the newsdesk as and when they happen.
The dates for the 2-day seminar is: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2006.
Looking forward very much to being able to teach ther once again, will have some surprises for them this year....!
UP-DATES AUGUST SEPTEMBER
Hi, everyone, it has been a disappointing Summer regarding Dojo attendance. Both the Norwich and Sheringham Dojos have seen a massive drop-out rate. This is NOT unusual, in the Martial Arts or infact any activities to see a turn over of people.
The main reason it happens in the Martial Arts is: I believe, is that people expect these days to make progress quickly, this does not happen owing to the complexity of body movements and a lot of basics to learn and overcome. We also have had some very hot weather which may also be a cause for the drop-out.
At the moment of writing I am working on a massive advertising campagneand any plans that we did have before Christmas is now on hold.
We will keep both Dojo running as they do cover differing areas of Norfolk.
I have been here many times before and it is just a matter of hanging in there until it takes off again.
Fortunately, the Hub of both Dojos is strong and will only give up as a last resource.
Training has been continuing during the summer period and the next break will be near the Christmas period and continue again New year.
Very much hope to have much better new for October and November. Until then......
ISHIN RYU 2 DAY SEMINAR REPORT
I will be puting a short report about the Ishin Ryu 2 Day Seminar with thin the next few weeks on the Course Reports link on the welcome page. Please look out for it.....!
Hi, everybody, it is with a large degree of sadness that I have to anounce that Colin Daniels the Blind student who we took on last year has for personal reasons decided no longer to train with us. I am of course, disappointed owing to the fact that a vast amount of time, effort and work has been set by for his continual training.
However, we do wish him all the best for the future, and who knnows when he has travelled a little further down the path of life he may decide to re-join the Dojo again. He as well as others will always be welcome to train with us at any time.
The numbers in both Dojos are very small at the moment, this is Not unusual, in the world of Martial Arts. It is my experience that things happen in a circular action what goes around comes around. Sometimes it is better to have a small and enthusiastic dojo than a large Dojo where there are too many students and they do not get all the attention they so richly deserve. The other side of the coin is: the Dojo must be large enough to pay its way.
The Cane project is very quiet at this moment of writing, mainly because people who say that they are interested are NOT making their way to the Dojo to train, in other words not leaving their homes in the evening. This is a problem not only for Blind people but, I am afraid to say for sighted or so-called abled bodied people. People who know me will tell you that I do not give up that easierly I will continue to try and get people involved in learning the Cane for exercise and for Self-defence.
If you take time to go to the Iaido link page you will find that I have at last, found someone who is very willing and patient who is now teaching me the Art of Iai Batto Jutsu. All details can be found on the Iaido link I will be adding to that page regularly when I have much more to post there.
All grading has been suspended this year due to the lack of numbers who would be taking them if they had continued training. It is like Clatham Junction at this time people coming and going hopefully, next year will be more stable.
I will be posting a final report for december nearer the Christmas period with all the high and low points of the year 2006.
Until then, take care out there.
DECEMBER - SUMMERY FOR YEAR ENDING 2006
It has been a year of many high points and low ones as well.
The Cane project has NOT taken off as I would had hoped, but I am still very interested and wish to promote the cane as much as I possibly can ammong those who are disadvantaged and have disabilities. I am aware that there is still very much more work to be done yet.
During the year the Dojo at Sheringham opened and there is a small but enthusiastic class there. Numbers for Aikido students who are training in both Dojos are if added together, is up slightly. More advertising will be happening this year. As I have stated many times in the past, "Sometimes it is better to have smaller dojos than too large as people then get more personal tuition." Colin who joined us last year is no longer for personal reasons training with us it is a sad situation as I have put a lot of time and effort in to making things easier for him to learn and addapting Aikido for his handicap.
We, however, wish him all the best for the future and he does know the Dojo door is always open.
The Main CUA Course held at New Milton was a very successful one although attendance was lower than expected. I enjoyed myself very much and would like to thank all those who made Griffin and me welcome.
The Summer that has now gone was extremely hot and I cannot remember one that has lasted so long.
September, I started to learn Iai and I am enjoying the experience very much indeed. It is very hard work for me as there is so much to remember.
Next February, I am going to spend sometime with Mike Selvey I am looking forward very much for that one.
The hits on the website during the year has increased considerably and next year, I hope to add other related items which I hope will interest those who regularly visit the site.
The Ishin Ryu 2 Day seminar was as usual a great success and as far as I am aware those who attended enjoyed themselves very much.
Although Mark Shuey was unable to be in the UK during the year that has passed it is hoped that he will visit this coming year. I will place detail on website when I have more information.
The CUA is getting stronger all the time, we now have a new website and I am hoping this coming year to create a new one for the Norfolk area. The CUA has some new Dojos opening please visit their website for details and latest news.
Until January we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very prosperous and fulfilling new year 2007.
January - 2007
Hi, everyone Training this year is very slow....! must be all that festivity. I have over the new year purchased some brand new mats for the Norwich Dojo. They are jigsaw type which means that they are very much safer than the old style Judo mats and they are very much easier to set up as they are lighter in weight. The surface is vinal and non-slip, and yet one can slide smoothly without fear of slipping over.
I am at the present time, no longer teaching at the Sheringham Dojo, mainly due to lack of consistant students and other reasons which are of a personal nature. It is a shame, but, more work will have to be done in the Sheringham area and if I was approached again to teach for them I would have to be very clear in my mind if I really wanted to teach there.
I hope this year to increase the student numbers in the Norwich area which may in the long run help in the Sheringham Dojo.
The Cane is now a full part of our weapons training, which now includes Jo,(Short wooden staff) Boken (wooden Sword) Tanto (Knife) and Iaito (Sword used for Iaido) The Cane is an additional self-defence tool for both exercise and self-defence and I also use it to illustrate some Aikido principles.
If required, I will teach the Cane as a separate subject if students require or want it. I have permission from my Sensei, of the Cane Grand Master Mark Shuey to promote and teach Cane as and when I can.
Iai and Iai Batto Jutsu, is now becoming an important part of our Norwich Dojo as over the next few years other Japanese arts will be part of our Aikikai making it a true BUDO Dojo, that is my objective for the next few years.
I am hoping this year and the following one to have as well as Akido seminaries, Tenshin Ryu, (Iaido and Iai Jutsu, Iai Batto Jutsu, and Cane on a regular basis. Will be including other arts of interest.
As I have stated many times in the past, Beginners are always welcome and advance student too who wish to train with us.
Next month (February I am visiting Mike Selvey's Dojo and I will bge posting a full report when I return.
Until february, take care out there....!
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