Sport Aikido Session Sunday 9th Feb at Thomas Tallis Dojo

There will be a Sport Aikido Session running at Thomas Tallis Dojo on Sunday 9th Feb 2014 with others planned during the year (see dates below).

Sport Aikido Sessions are independent of all groups and have been set up, simply to get the best players and coaches on the same mat at the same time. They will help kyu grade and aspirant Aikidoka become better kata and randori players and enable Dan grades to practice and hone their skills, as well as helping the top players prepare for national and international competitions.

It is hoped that these sessions will also help build trust and relationships and enable Aikidoka to share the latest technical and tactical developments. There  will be a number of Embu (RNK, Goshin and Open) and Randori (Tanto, Kyoghi and Tai-sabaki) bouts for those who want to experiment and test their skills against players they don’t normally come against. It will also provide opportunities for those that want to learn/practice for judging, scorekeeping and referring. Training and support will be given on the day.

Everyone is invited to attend and everyone will be made welcome. No politics, no egos – just training, learning and great aikido.

A diverse and highly respected group of players will lead the various coaching sessions, these include;

Paul Bonett, Vanda Fairchild, Gitte Wolput, Jermaine Liburd, Jerome Chin-Aleong, Erik Dop, Paul Herbert, Natuley Smalle, Nicole Anson, Steve Evans, Dave Findlay, Tim Wolput, Shaun Hoddy, Ken Broome, Martin Livingston, Justin Gallagher, Michael McCavish, Scott Albright, Paul Wildish and Phil Newcombe.

Other coaches and top players within the UK and from the USA, Europe, Russia and Japan not on this list will also attend from time to time.

Format -
10.00 – 10.30 Dojo opens, registration and warming up
10.30 – 11.30 Embu coaching session for everyone on the mat
11.30 – 12.30 Embu competition practice – round robin format with flags and judges and an open mat – free practice
12.30 – 1.00 Lunch
1.00 – 2.00 Randori coaching session for everyone on the mat
2.00 – 3.00 Randori competition practice – round robin with flags, scores and referees and open mat – free practice

Minimum age is 18 and all aikidoka must have valid and up to date insurance and sign a register at the start of each session. The price of each session is £10. Everyone on the mat pays, no exceptions. Dates of the sessions:-

2014: 9th February, 30th March, 18th May, 6th July, 5th October
2015: 18th January, 8th March, 10th May, 14th June, 2th July

Please invite the people you teach and train with and encourage them to attend. Please join the Facebook group – Sport Aikido Sessions (if you have not done so already) and invite others who have not done so yet.   Any questions or queries whatsoever, please email

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