News Update 12th September

Training Focus

This week the focus will be Curriculum training. Grading week is the week after next so make sure you have that fat tag ready and waiting.

Junior/Cadet Aiki-Auction

On Wednesday 26th October we will be running an Aiki-Auction. To take part in the Auction you will need Aiki-Yen to bid on the prizes. Yen can be earned during class for acheivments, victories and awesome techniques (among other things)

We need YOU to bring in old or unwanted items for prizes though and Yen will be exchanged for all donations.

Kids’ Bring a Buddy Week

All through next week classes will be open to guest. This Is a great chance to ntroduce your new school friends to your Martial Art and help them get to know you.

For Juniors and Cadets there will be a prize of Aiki-Yen, to go towards the auction, for every friend you bring in.


“The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can become.”

Max De Pree


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Sensei Matt, Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham

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News Update 5th September

Training Focus

The focus for this week is

Monday; Hijiate

Tuesday; Kotegaeshi

Wednesday; Hijishimae

Thursday; Sokumen Iriminage

Friday; Shomen Iriminage

Firday Weapon; Bokken/Shinai

Saturday; Kokyunage/Kokyuho

Saturday Weapon; Jo

Bar Room Brawl

This Friday, thats the 9th, we will be running the Bar Room Brawl. Please bring along friends and family as this is a free self defence course.

The course will be at The Horse and Groom pub on Radford Rd and Northgate. Meet at the pub for 18:15. Not the Dojo!

Holiday Competitons

The deadlines have now closed for both of our Holiday Competitions.

We will announce the winners of the competition during class this Friday.

Peel 2 Save

We are still selling Peel 2 Save cards, and will be able to do so until the 16th of September, so you still have time to make the most of this fantastic offer.

Anti-Bullying Course

Saturday the 10th we are running an anti-bullying course for children and their parents. Guests are more than welcome, so bring along mum and dad, or son and daughter. Class is from 10:30 to 11:30.


“Success is the progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined, personal goals.”

Paul J. Meyer


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Sensei Matt Thurman, Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham








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News Update 1st September 7 Achieving Perfection Pt 2

Bar Room Brawl

Next week we will be running our bar room brawl. The session will take place in the function room of the Horse and Groom pub on Northgate and Radford Rd. You can meet us at the Dojo or at the pub, we will be leaving the Dojo at 18:30 sharp.


Holiday Kamai

Time is almost up to bring your Holiday Kamai photos in. The competition closes tomorrow so if you want that prize you know what to do!

Do What You Can Do-Perfectly Pt 2

Seeking perfection without judgement

Begin anew with each class. As you enter, determine to put forth your most sincere effort in every action. Resist the desire to dwell on your mistakes or your accomplishments. The practice will move quickly. Your goal is to stay in the moment. Recognize your strengths, but correct your errors, no matter how small they might be. Move from moment to moment with the same watchfulness. But, here is the key, don’t judge. Simply correct mistakes without feeling disappointment or frustration. Practice with this attitude, and your awareness and sensitivity will increase. Be patient. Doing everything that you can do, perfectly, might be difficult in the beginning. It’s a good idea to pick five or six techniques, and perform them with this conscious intention. Although the techniques might need physical improvement, which will come through countless repetitions, your effort can always be sincere. In the process, you will be developing muscle memory, making repeated actions a habit, and soon without thinking, you will just automatically perform the technique correctly. When these become habits, pick others to work on.

Transformation not rationalization

By applying this principle every day, without a doubt, we can raise every aspect of our lives to a higher level. What if each of us decided to discard old habits of making excuses and rationalizing less than perfect behavior? Instead, we consciously determine that in each and every moment, we will do everything that we are capable of doing as perfectly as possible.

In the life of a sincere martial artist, a moment comes when he realizes that practice is actually an opportunity to be mindful, and a time to exercise accountability for his action. When this happens, martial arts practice surpasses the mere physical level of punching and kicking, throwing and grappling. It becomes a discipline of mind and body. It becomes an act in mindfulness … a lesson!


Look forward to working with you soon,

Sensei Matt Thurman, Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham

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News Update 30th August

Focus for the week

The training focus for this week is as follows

Tuesday; Nikkajo

Wednesday; Sankajo

Thursday; Yonkajo

Friday; Shihonage/Tenchinage & Jo

Saturday; Kotegaeshi & Bokken

Peel 2 Save

There are only 2 days left to submit your Peel 2 Save order forms if you want to enter the competition. Don’t miss the deadline.



“The only thing complaining does is to convince other people you are not in control and that you let less than positive circumstances control your mood and outlook.”

Author Unknown


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News Update 25th August & Acheiving Perfection

Bank Holiday Closure

We will be closed on Monday 29th August due to the Bank Holiday. If you would normally train on the monday class don’t miss out on your tag, make it up during the week and take your catch up class.

Holiday Competitions

Holiday Kamai

Time is running out to submit your Kamai Photos. We will anounce the winner on the 9th of Septemeber so get your photos to us by the 4th to enter the draw.

Clic Sargent fund raiser

7 days left to bring your completed Peel 2 Save order forms back to us.The last day you can submit your form is the 31st of August so don’t delay if you want to win!

Do What You Can Do-Perfectly

Pt 1

Most people would agree that one of the best ways to improve in martial arts is to practice hard. But what does practicing hard mean? By performing techniques with as much speed and power as possible, most people would believe they are practicing hard. The workout is vigorous, and they leave sweating, sore and smiling. Although I subscribe to the ‘sweating-sore-and-smiling theory’, practicing hard involves more than just throwing technique with power.

Perform every action with conscious intention

Practicing hard means to do everything that you are already able to do, perfectly. Maybe the word ‘perfectly,’ brings to mind the idea that no one is perfect. This might be true, but everyone can do some things perfectly… every time. Some skills and concepts are quite easy to learn, and having a specific fitness and flexibility level to perform them is not necessary. For example, everyone can stand in a perfect attention stance with heels together, back straight, eyes looking forward, and hands sharply by their side. Each time, when standing in attention stance, everyone can bow deeply and respectfully. Everyone can remember to wear a uniform to class, to line up straight without gaps in the line, to re-cock or chamber the leg after kicking, to make your fist tight when making a fist, to keep your knees bent when they are supposed to be bent, to keep your hands up when they are supposed to be up, and to keep breathing through class. The list of other moments of possible perfection can go on and on. Believing that these are little things and that they don’t really matter is not the correct attitude. Remember the saying, “If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.”

Success lies in the details

As a beginner, this is one of the most important lessons to learn. The essence of practice, and often, the success of any technique lie in the subtle details. If you watch a beginner, an intermediate and an advanced student, and compare their basic techniques, undoubtedly, the differences between them will be in the subtleties, not in the gross movements. To discipline the mind, increase awareness, and develop a strong body and strong technique, you must realize that mindfulness of each detail is crucial.

So, if we are capable of performing specific learned skills perfectly, why don’t we? Because our wandering mind is distracted by other thoughts and is too busy to notice mistakes. We must be aware of mistakes before we can improve them. So, how can a person become more aware? He must develop self-control and discipline of the mind, so that the mind stays focused. At the deepest level, the art absolutely demands total awareness and concentration, helping you to stay in the moment


“You are not here to try to get the world to be just as you want it. You are here to create the world around you that you choose.”

Rhonda Byrne


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News Update 22nd August

Training Focus

The training focus for the week is curriculum and testing.If you still need tags then do what it takes to get through the door.

Summer Competitions

Clic Sargent competion

Only ten days left to get your Peel 2 Save orders in. We will need your completed order form to enter you into the competition so make sure you get in filled in and handed in to us as soon as possible.

The winning Junior or Cadet will be able to claim a complete weapon set (A bokken, jo tanto and bag) as their prize.

The winning Little Dragon will get to walk away with the noble Sensei Bear, the Aiki-Teddy.

Holiday Kamai

Time is also running out to submit your Holiday Kamai photos. Photos must be handed in by Saturday 3rd September to enter the prize draw.

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

Steven Covey


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Sensei Matt Thurman Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham 


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News Update 18th August

Junior/Cadet Summer School

The Junior/Cadet Summer School was great fun. A big thank you to everyone who came along and helped make this event possible. We covered loads of topics from flipping to sword work and even making up and filming fight scenes.

We’ve got loads of ideas for next year’s Summer School so keep your eyes peeled and ears open for news.

Back to School

Give your child a confidence boost before the new school year starts. Going back to school can be a nerve-wracking experience so the ability to walk tall and act with confidence is not to be underestimated.

By using our system of recognising achievement and setting goals we make confidence a skill that effortlessly trained and honed.

Peel 2 Save

We are still a long way off achieving our target of raising £2,000 for Clic Sargent by selling Peel 2 Save discount voucher cards. Each card contains 64 vouchers and at £10 a card will pay for itself in just 1 use. There is a potential savings of £300 with these cards so if you go out in town or would like to go out more then you really cannot afford to be without one of these cards.

“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get.”

Michael Phelps


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Sensei Matt Thurman
Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update 21st July

Summer School 2011

Summer School 2011 will start on Thursday 28th July and run to Sunday 31st July. See below for the schedule.

Thursday 9:30 to 17:00 followed by the Black Belt tests and then to the Pub!

Friday 9:30 to 17:00

Saturday 9:30 to 17:00 course photos will be taken during the lunch break and we’re all going to the Horse and Groom Pub for a meal.

Sunday 9:30 to 16:00 followed by any necessary tidy up, volunteers welcome.

Juniors’ Thermopylae Day

On the 11th of August we are going to re-enact the legendary battle of Thermopylae. This even will consist of two parts; the battle and a training session.

The Training will take place on the 4th of August and we will have an expert in historic hand-to-hand warfare come in and teach the children about the tactics of sword and shield fighting as well as a history lesson.

A New Staff Member

Our team continues to grow with the addition of another instructor. We are very excited to say that Sensei Wayne Thomas will be joining the team from mid August. Good luck Wayne!

Junior and Dragon Summer School

Junior Summer school will be taking place on Tuesday the 16th and Thursday the 18th of August from 10:00 to 15:00.

The Dragon Summer School will be on Wednesday the 17th from 10:00 to 15:00.

The classes will be at the Dojo so don’t worry about trying to find us somewhere new. We have lots of fun things lined up for the days so drop everything and come along!

Junior and Dragon Community Project

On the 27th of August we will be taking part in a community project to help tidy up Bestwood Park. This will be a special event that will include outdoor weapons training for the kids and a group picnic. As a reward for taking part and showing their spirit to help others all students who participated will be presented with a special badge to attach to their Gi.


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