News update 11 Oct 2010

Out-door Self defence seminar

Fri 22nd Oct meeting at the Dojo at 6.15 for out-door self defence training. The last time we did this it was very well received I encourage you to get there. The seminar is free and is open to friends and family. Cadets may attend with parental permission. The location will be behind Garths Gym which is just a short walk from the dojo. This promises to be an “eye-opener” and offers you a perspective that you can not get training in the dojo.

Dojo Social

Next dojo social is planned for Fri 22nd Oct after the out-door self defence seminar. Meet at the Chestnut around 8:00pm ish. All welcome friends and family.

Mustard Sensei

Still places for the Mustard Sensei seminar on 28th of Oct. The seminar will take place in the upstairs Dojo. Normal classes will still be available on the downstairs dojo. Mustard Sensei will be running a seminar in the UK next year with limited attendance and the cost will be £200 for the seminar. He is doing this seminar for me at a cost of £10 per head so please take advantage of this. We currently only have 16 people attending with 14 places still available.

Junior Halloween Party

The Halloween party for Dragons and Juniors is scheduled for 29th Oct, during normal class time. Its fancy dress and bring a friend. Look out for invites and posters in the dojo.

Clubmark - Spotlight

Clubmark has done a spotlight on one of our instructors from our Preston Dojo, well done Jayne.

There is no mandatory regulation placed on Martial Arts tuition in the UK. As such the quality of tuition and the standard of service can vary widely. Often poor service is tolerated simply because people dont know any different. Self appointed chief instructors and masters have free range to do as they wish. Recognition by foreign bodies is absolutely no guarantee of the standards and quality on offer, or that systems are in place to ensure the welfare and safety of students.

CLUB MARK Accreditation guarantees stringent standards have both been met and maintained. Standards set and recognised by SPORT ENGLAND. Be sure your children are in the right hands; be sure you make the right choice. Let CLUB MARK choose for you


“The only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is extraordinary determination.”

Mary Kay Ash

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News 4 Oct 10

Training Focus

The training focus for this week is back to one technique all approaches and is as follows.

Monday - Nikkajo

Tuesday - Sankajo

Wednesday - Kokyu Ho

Thursday - Kotegaeshi

Friday - Hijiate/Hijishimae

Saturday - Yonkajo

Parachute Jump

Our free fall parachute jump was delayed due to bad weather. A new date has been set for 11 Dec. On the plus side this gives us more time to recruit more jumpers and more time to raise money for Clic Sargent. you can donate here please mention us if you do, or you can drop donations off at the dojo.

Cash Accident Plan

Combined Insurance have made available to us a Cashback Accident Plan.

This plan protects you from the financial impact of accidental bodily injury.

  • Hospital in-patient benefit
  • Convalescence benefit
  • Fracture benefit
  • Accidental death benefit
  • Return of premium benefit
  • Protects you from the financial effects of accidental bodily injury
  • The benefits will be yours to spend as you choose. You could replace lost earnings, pay for medical expenses or even take a holiday to get better – it’s up to you.
  • You are covered under the accidental death benefit from the moment you pay your initial premium
  • Cover is available to anyone between the ages of 5 and 64 at the date of application
  • Up to £150 per day paid for each overnight stay spent in hospital as an in-patient up to a maximum of 1,000 days
  • Up to £150 per day for convalescence
  • Lump-sum benefits up to £750 for fracture of any bone in your body except finger, thumb, toe, ribs, teeth or nose – whether you stay in hospital or not
  • Lump-sum benefits up to £15,000 for accidental death benefit
  • 25% cashback of all premiums (excluding IPT) that you have paid every 10 years - no matter how much you’ve claimed

 For more information check If you would like to take advantage of this policy please speak at reception.


 ”Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do..”

Pope John XXIII


See you on the mat

Sensei Ken

Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham

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News 30th Sep and Oct Mat chats

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Life skills training- Mat chats - Dragons and Juniors

In the month of October we will be discussing the following topics with the students to teach them about qualities we can all develop in order to lead happy and successful lives.

 WEEK 1. CONFIDENCE. This week we will be discussing the importance of self assurance and having the belief in your ability to succeed. We will also discuss the meaning of having confidence and trust in others to do right and act in a proper and reliable manner.

WEEK 2. DISCIPLINE.  This week we will be discussing the importance of learning to behave in an acceptable, calm and controlled manner. We will also discuss how we all have the ability to develop our self-control to change behaviour, learn something new or train for something.

WEEK 3. LOYALTY. This week we will be discussing with the students the importance of staying positive about, and showing a mutual respect for, somebody or something we feel attached to. We will also discuss how this can lead to acts of humility and devotion, particularly with regard to duties in Japanese Aikido Dojos and the meaning of ‘Samurai’.

 WEEK 4. HONESTY. Our last discussion of the month will examine the qualities of being fair, truthful, and morally upstanding. We will also discuss situations involving other people who may try to influence our honesty in a negative way and strategies we can employ to maintain our integrity and resolve the situation in a positive way.

We encourage you to discuss these themes with your child often. This will, of course, help to solidify these ideas into their memory bank and allow them to more fully utilise these themes into their lives.

Parachute Jump

Tomorrow is the day but sadly the weather forecast is not good so keep your fingers crossed. If the jump is postponed we will be looking at a date in April.

New Staff

Sensei Jo and I are back from a short break and also sempai Matt Thurman is joining the team today so we are back up to full strength. A big thanks to Sensei Rachel and JT and sempai Cassius for helping out while we were away.


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Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham

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New update 27 Sep 2010

Testing all this week, dont miss out, if you have 8 tags you are good to go.


Looking forward to having Matt Thurman join us next week on the full time staff team, its been very busy with just 3 of us. Matt has spent most of his time training in Oxford but has now moved to Nottingham. He will be doing his Shodan test in November.

A quick note on attitude

The longer I live the more I realise the impact of attitude in on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think say or do. It is more important than appearance, gifted-ness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church or a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string that we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you……….. We are in charge of our attitudes.


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Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Nottingham Aikido

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New update 23rd Sep 2010

Testing starts next week, nearly everone should be good to go. Try not leave it to the end of the week as things are going to be busy for us and an even spread of testing all week will help us out. I am still away enjoying a short break but keep getting into trouble because I keep talking about the dojo. Ooops.

No more news for you just now so I will leave you with this defenition of success by: 

Ralph Waldo Emerson



To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.


Sensei Ken

Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Nottingham Aikido

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News update 20 Sep 2010

The focus of this week remains curriculum with testing beginning next week. I am on holday this week with Sense Jo so you will be in the capable hands of Sensei Hezie and Sensei Rachel with Sempai JT helping out most evenings.


Big congratulations to Oliver and Fraser Smith who did a great job on their Black Belt test on Fri 17th. Oliver and Fraser have both worked very hard and they can often be seen helping out as S.W.A.T. with the Little Dragons and Juniors.


1st October - Parachute Jump.

9th October - British Aikido Board National Course.

22nd October - Outdoor Self Defence training - Non students welcome.

28th October - Mustard Sensei visit, places limited to 30.

29th October - Halloween party for kids - Bring a friend.

29th October -  Adult social after training - non members welcome.

“Patience has its limits - take it too far and its cowardice.”

George Jackson

See you all when I get back


Sensei Ken

Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Nottingham aikido

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News update 13th Sep


Curriculum all this week and next week. Testing starts on Mon 27th Sep so everyone has had plenty of time to get 8 black tags. If not use your catch up classes


If I can generate enough interest I am proposing a Shudokan camping trip next year. Somewhere central to make it easy for all UK Shudokan schools to attend. Over a week-end it should be pretty cheap, all you will need is a tent and sleeping bag. It would be a good opportunity for the UK schools to get together in a social environment and have some fun without it costing the earth. Juniors and Dragons welcome with mums and dads. Let me know what you think and if you would be interested.


I conducted Dragon and Junior Dan gradings in Preston over the week-end. They did a fantastic job check out the videos.



A big WELCOME to Matt Thurman who will be joining the team as a full time employee in the very near future. Nice to have another pair of hands to help out. All being well on his first day of employment we will throw him out of an aeroplane form 16000 feet. It’s pretty exciting working here.


 Still need lots of names for the firewalk on 19th Nov. Bring along friends family and work colleagues, £10 per head all goes to CLIK Sargent charity, caring for young people with cancer.

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Please could you check that your insurance is up to date. We have a requirement to ensure that all our students have Martial Arts Insurance through the British Aikido Board. If yours has lapsed we will send you a text reminder. Please could you address the matter as soon as possible. 


We are populating  lists in the dojo for Summer School 28 -31 Jul 2011. The British Aikido Board national course 9th Oct 2010, there is an attendance cost to that please see the BAB link for more details. The fire-walk 19th Of November 2010 and the Mustard seminar to be held at the dojo on the evening of 28th of October. Please speak at reception if you would like to attend any of these events. 


If anyone is interested in some part time hours working at the dojo please let me or sensei Jo know. 

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6 September update


Monday - Hijiate/Hijishimae 

Tuesday - Yonkajo 

Wednesday - Shomen Iriminage 

Thursday - Sokumen Iriminage 

Friday - Ikkajo 

Saturday - Shihonage/Tenchinage 


Please help us out and go to our website at and “Dig” us. You will see a little icon on the front page, just click it. Then it will ask you to make a dig account, its free and dead easy and you will never need to use it again but you will need to do that to “dig” us. The more people that dig us the better as far as Google is concerned. 


If you have trouble remembering the safe 6 find it at 


If you’re not receiving text messages from it’s probably because we don’t have the correct number for you. Reply to this blog with your number or see Jo at reception next time you come in.


Sensei Rob Mustard will be teaching in the dojo on the evening of 28th October. It will be a mixed class for 2 hours 30 minutes starting 6:30. Cost will be £10 per head. Normal classes will be available in dojo 2 for those who don’t want to participate.


For our children’s classes the focus for the month is back to school. 

This week we talk about the importance of extending friendship to people who are new to our school. We also discuss how to go about building relationships with the RIGHT people if we are the ones that find ourselves in a new environment. Confidence is a major focus for this week to make it easier for our children to make new friends when returning to school. 

This quote is by unknown author 

“Inspire yourself and others will be inspired. Motivate yourself and others will be motivated. Develop yourself and others will start to develop themselves. Be an example first and then the world changes around you.” 


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Birthday wishes and update

Happy Birthday

to the following students for the month of September.

David Chalk
Mark Gott
Adeel Ikram
Zoe Smith
Oliver Thomas-Roche
Ruqaiyah Asghar
Stephen Randell
Keith Hill
Ravel Singh
Kiran Krishnakumar
Ervin Sisak
Nicholas Hooi-Gray
Reis Fraser
Tom Luca
Stuart Tideswell
Ashanti Russell
Connor Lane
Ayesha King
Joshua Hutchinson
Marcus Latter
James Carson
Michael Sentance
Christopher Thompson
Neil Bond
Ty Potter 
Joseph bell
Ross Rankine
Quinn Skelham

If your name is not on the list its not because we dont care, we just dont have your birthday recorded so some come and tell us :)

Junior and Dragons Halloween event

Friday 29th Oct “No tricks, just treats”. Bring your friends, get dressed up as scary as possible and prizes for the best costumes. We have a crazy lesson planned with some great games.

Sensei Robert Mustard Seminar

Sensei Mustard is visiting us in the last week in October and will be running a seminar on Thursday 28th, more details to follow.

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