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 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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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.


Sensei Matt Thurman Shudokan Black Belt Academy - Aikido Nottingham

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