On a more positive side it was lovely to be able to greet Roger Hannoset sensei (Pierre’s original teacher) again. it is always a privilege to be on the mat with him and to be given the opportunity to benefit from his huge experience and knowledge, I never leave without reflecting on his observations. He shows clean straightforward Aikido encompassing a wealth of subtle details.Proceedings opened with Presentation of certificates to Laura Watson (1st Kyu), Chris Nicholson (2nd kyu), Ross Owens (2nd kyu) and Tom Frost (3rd kyu junior).
The mat had a good turnout on both days, representation from around the country including ‘The Hut’ in the form of James Collins (1d), Bob Sherrington sensei’s ‘Kettering Krew’, Bradley Smith sensei’s ‘Kyu Shin Kan band from London, Kerry Holmes as usual trundled down from distant Yorkshire and we had a local kyushindo ryuha judo man who looked thoroughly confused at every turn and yet enjoyed himself enormously.For me it was especially satisfying to be joined by students from my own club, the Sho Shin Kan dojo of West Huntspill, some of whom had not seen Citti sensei before and subsequently joined the I.B.C, over the weekend their grades were ratified by Citti sensei. (Well done Matthew Brock (4th kyu), James King Nickol (5th kyu) and Tim Atkins (4th Kyu)
From the video I recorded on the day, I have attempted to construct a list of techniques for each day (Though sunday is missing a few). I offer their inclusion here is in the hope it will be useful as an aide memoire and of course, to make those who were not present even more jealous and determined to be at the next course!.
(Format : day – seq – sensei – form of attack – technique)
sat 01 – PC – First form flowing yet very direct Sumiotoshi.
sat 11 – RH – 5th – Iriminage with no step at the end to focus on centre and stability..
sun 12 – RH – Seitei Jodo basics and a quick examination of a seitei Kata. (apologies I didn’t catch the name.)Good things however come to a end and we departed amidst a biblical deluge that was quite unable to spoil a fantastic weekend had by all, Very well done to all involved in its arrangement and organisation.
As a further aside, Glenda has confirmed that the Halloween course in Brussels will be taking place on the weekend of the 24th/25th/26th October. I look forward to seeing you all thereJohn Creed.
Sho Shin Kan Dojo of Traditional Aikido, West Huntspill