After a prolonged break, jodo is on the go again at Newstead on Friday evenings. Fridays will now be Jodo 5.30pm to 6.30pm followed immediately by iaido. We also have a decision and are going to the board for the Sunday lineup. Commencing 4 September we'll be doing iaido from 7.00am ( that's right 7.00am) and then aikido at 8.30am.
More Grading Stuff
Good work by aikido jets Nakula Wrightson junior 3kyu and Narada Wrightson junior 2kyu who blasted their tests on 16 August 2016. Meanwhile, there are more happy certificate receivers: Ka Lun (aka Dreamy) Leung iaido 3kyu and Dr Kim Bowman iaido 2 Dan. Thanks for your efforts everyone!
Aidan Corey 8 Kyu
We had another test last night (9 August) with Aidan Corey powering his way to 8 kyu Aikido. Also got to hand out some certificates for Sundara Wrightson Iaido Shodan, Narada Wrightson Iaido 2 kyu and Emiko Kolb Aikido 9 kyu. Nice going everyone!
We've had some gradings recently for juniors aikido and iaido.
For aikido, congratulations to Ben Webley and Omkara Wrightson (10 kyu) and Suvasa Wrightson and Emiko Kolb (9kyu) as of 21 June 2016. We'll have more to follow over the next few weeks.
For iaido, the team headed down to the QKR Seminar last weekend 9/10 July and cleaned up. Congratulations to Ka Lun Leung, AKA Dreamy (3kyu), Narada Wrightson (2kyu), Sundara Wrightson (shodan) and Dr Kim Bowman (nidan).
In the meantime, I headed to Kagawa Japan for another crack at 6 dan iai but will have to try again. Thanks again though to everyone who keeps supporting me and congratulations to Russell Lawrence from Perth who made the grade.
Training in July
Apologies, but I will be travelling to and fro for a big chunk of July. That means quite a few classes won't be on.
Easiest thing is to probably list which classes will be happening as follows:
|Tue 12||Juniors Aiki and Iai at Wynnum|
|Thu 14||Adult Aikido at Wynnum|
|Fri 15||Iai at Newstead|
|Sun 17||Iai and Adult Aikido at Wynnum|
|Tue 26||Juniors Aikido and Iai at Wynnum|
|Thu 28||Adult Aikido at Wynnum|
|Fri 29||Iai at Newstead|
|Sun 31||Iai and Adult Aikido at Wynnum|
Dojo Opening One Year Ago
It's the first anniversary of Shimamoto Shihan coming to open our little dojo. Thanks again to Shihan and everyone for coming to keiko over the past twelve months. BTW Happy Birthday to Col as well.
Aikido 5 Dan
My name made it on the on the list for 5 Dan at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo Kagami Biraki New Year ceremony. I'm humbled by the recommendation from Shimamoto Shihan and his continued support for us. Thanks also for best wishes from friends far and wide. Going to have to make a big effort to live up to it.
Welcome to 2016
We are back in action for 2016. We kicked off last Thursday night and this morning got to present certificates to Georgia Fleischer (2kyu) and Leonie Tibbetts (4kyu) from tests conducted at the end of last year. James Webley can receive his certificate when he gets back on the mat after what was obviously a big Xmas spent practising ukemi from his pushbike.
I'm off to the iaido/jodo seminar during the week after next. The upshot is that there will be no juniors aikido or iaido on Tuesday 19 January, or iaido at Newstead on Friday 22 January. Aikido on Thursday 21 January and iaido/aikido on Sunday 24 January will be as normal. Also, a reminder that there will be no training on Tuesday 26 January, Australia Day Holiday.