We were lucky to have an excellent line up of instructors: Yoshiomi Inoue, Ken Broome, Shaun Hoddy, Harvey Goodman, Mick Pratt and Danielle Jones. We were also honoured to have a visit from Tetsu Ehara Shihan.
The atmosphere was very friendly as all the students were keen to practice new techniques. The different approaches from the various senseis made this weekend very interesting, whether you were a beginner or an experience practitioner. It really gave everybody something to think about and work on. I wouldn't know where to start to resume the lessons, so if you missed it this year, look out for the next one! It was also an excellent opportunity to practice with aikidokas who came all the way from Ireland, Belgium and Holland.
Even the juniors had a good time with a tanto taisabaki and open kata competition. I was impressed by their sustained attention and performance.
The whole event was a fundraising event, with all the profits going to SAGA Charity. We will let you know the results soon.
Anyway, a big thank you to everybody who gave their time and money and made this weekend a successful event.
Pictures are available in our gallery:
Tetsu Ehara Shihan & Yoshiomi Inoue Sensei
Please note the last training day at Ashford will be Tuesday 14th August 2012.
We will be back on Tuesday 4th September 2012.
On Saturday 14th July 2012 was the last Dan grading under the ZETAR name.
On the panel were Shaun Hoddy, Greg Barton, Andy Wisbey and Alan Cooper.
We have a a few promotions for Kent members: Lis Jepsen, Christophe Courtin, Phil Eyers, Eoin Kerrigan and Tom Davey were all promoted to Nidan (2nd dan).
Congratulations to them, and to all the others who passed their grading on the day.
The official newsletter of the Zen Eikoku Tomiki Aikido Renmei for the Winter/Spring 2012 is available for download:
Here are the results of the kyu grading that took place at the Saltwood Dojo on 17th July 2011:
Trevor Orman, brown
Phil Ayton, orange stripe
Manoj Patel, yellow
Stano Tvrdik, yellow
Craig Spooner, brown
Oscar Coleman, brown
Dan Binder, blue
Ben Binder, green +2 mons
Jordan Later, orange
Lauren Ayton, orange
Alex Boorman, orange
Congratulations to all who took parts.