News Update 15th September

Dates for the Diary

We have a series of events in the upcoming month. See below for details and dates.


Kids’ Bring a Buddy Week

All through next week the Dojo will be open to guests! Invite your school friends come along and join in with the class to see what we do here and have a great time with us. Aiki-Yen will be awarded to students for bringing friend, and since its all week, you’ll be able to bring a new friend each day.


Junior/Cadet Clan Wars

For the month of October we will divide the Juniors and Cadets into differnt ‘Clan’ groups, much like school houses.

During the month students will earn their Clan points by performing great techniques, answering questions, bringing in friends among many other things. But remember this, any bad behaviour, laziness and cheating and you will loose your Clan points.

At the end of the month the members of Clan with the most points will win themselves a great prize and the main achievers of the Clan will be recognised and awarded!

Sensei Mustard

OnThursday the 6th of October Sensei Robert Mustard will be running a class at the Dojo. This is a fanatastic opportunity and not to be missed. Sensei Mustard is a 7th Dan Yoshinkan Sensei and his Aikido is awesome. His lessons are just as valid for begginers as they are for advanced students, and vice-versa, and whatever grade you are you will learn loads and have a great time.

It is only £15.00 to take the class and the class will last for 2 and a half hours, from 18:30 to 21:00.

Out-Door Self Defence

On Friday the 21st of October we are going to run an Out-Door self defence course. This course is free to attend so please bring guests (Family, friends, work colegues etc).

These in-location self defence session are incredibly valuable because they provoke questions that would never be asked in a Dojo self defence class, they help you to get used to applying your Aikido training outside of the Dojo and they break down the barrier caused by ‘I have never done this before’.

Junior/Cadet Aiki-Auction

The Aiki-Auction will take place on Wednesday the 26th of October. To take part in the Auction, students will need to earn themselves Aiki-Yen. Yen will awarded in class for great performance, guts, effort, technique, knowledge, manners the list goes on. In short, for displaying any aspect of Bushido, the students will be rewarded with Aiki-Yen.

Kids’ Halloween Party

On Monday the 28th of October we are holding a Halloween costume party for the Little Dragons and the Junior/Cadets. The theme of the party is Zombie Ninjas Vs Vampire Samurai!Pick you side and come along to wag war on your deadliest enemies.

If you have any questions about any of these events plese call the team on 0115 9856504


Sensei Matt Thurman, Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham

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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


See you soon,

Sensei Matt, Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham

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News Update 8th September

Competition Results

Holiday Kamai

After careful selection we are proud to anounce the winner of this year’s Holiday Kamai competition;

Mr Alfie Williams-Hughes

Who will be the proud owner of a unique and personalised Aikido Gi.

Peel 2 Save

The Junior who managed to get the most Peel 2 Save cards ordered was;

Mr Connor Lane

Who will be able to claim the enviable prize of a complete weapon set.

The Dragon who managed to get the most Peel 2 Save cards ordered was;

Mr Joseph Cardwell

Who will be taking home Sensei Bear.

Bar Room Brawl

This Friday, the 9th, we will be running the bar room brawl. Meet at the Horse and Groom pub for 18:15. The pub is on the junction of Radford Rd and Northgate.


“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

John Homer Miller


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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


See you soon,

Sensei Matt Thurman, Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham








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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


See you on the mat,

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


See you on the mat

Sensei Matt Thurman
Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham

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News Update 10th August

It’s on you to stay safe.

It is times like this that we are reminded of the need for Self Protection training of all kinds. In the current climate it is more important than ever to be able maintain your personal safety.

Only a few days ago the thought of a “Home Invasion” was laughable.. yet NOW It’s a serious possibility. Can you say that you have the skills to protect yourself, your loved ones, your family and friends?

If you were the focus of an attack how far would you be prepared to go? If you saw another in need of physical assistance would you step in? Are you prepared to stand for the behaviour and actions that last night swam across your television and poured from your radio?

Here we teach the real means of self defence but we cannot teach you from your home. It is on you to make sure that you feel safe and confident. Now, more than ever, it is paramount to take every class available to you, attend our self defence courses and think about what steps you can take to improve your ability to protect those and the things that you care about.

We can teach you the tools, you have to learn them.


“The people’s good is the highest law.”


We’ll see you on the mat,

Sensei Matt Thurman Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham

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