South Of The River seminar

sotr-300x135ZETARclubs are honoured to be jointly hosting the 2012 South Of the River Aikido Seminar. Again we have the wonderful sea views from our venue, the fantastic SAGA Pavilion in Folkestone, and have an exciting programme of Aikido scheduled for the weekend.

We have a great line up of instructors: Tetsu Ehara, Yoshiomi Enoue, Ken Broome, Shaun Hoddy, Harvey Goodman, Mick Pratt and Danielle Jones.

SOTR Success – Thank you!

sotr-300x135I would like to say firstly, a massive thank you to our fantastic team of SOTR instructors Ken Broome, Shaun Hoddy, Chris Stamate, Mick Pratt and Jim Dempster.

Thank you to Jim Dempster, Julian Goldsmith, and Castle Community College who let us use their mats for the event. Thank you SAGA for the amazing venue, and for supplying the food and water.

Next I would like to thank those who helped with all the running around collecting and laying mats, moving tables, selling merchandise, cleaning up, entertaining the juniors, and driving duties. To Julian Goldsmith for looking after the activity on the junior mat. Also to my Mum for making the sandwiches, Yvette and Emma for the cakes & ninjabread men, and to all those who helped us in any way during the event. Thank you so much, and much love to you all. We quite simply could not have done it without you.

Our thanks go to Mark Ball for being on hand with his First Aid skills. He did a fantastic job.

Huge thanks to Rob Darling and Julian Goldsmith for the financial support. Absolutely vital.
Thank you Christophe for doing all the design work for the event, and being so flexible when we changed our minds about things (frequently).

I would like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who attended SOTR and made it such an unbelievable success. The figures are not in yet, but we’re really hoping to have made a great contribution to SAGA Charitable Trust (will keep you posted).

Congratulations to all those who graded over the weekend. Very well done to all of you.

Lastly I would like to say thank you to the person behind the decision to organise this year’s Seminar. He provided the ideas, the relaxed attitude, and the incredible ability to haggle for the best deals. An exceptional person, and always genuinely kind and humble, he is well deserving of the credit for SOTR 2011. Nice one Paul Smith.

National grading

Well done to all those who passed their grading at the ZETAR national examination.

Dan grade promotions were:
– Greg Barton Godan Shoshinkan Dojo
– Phil Eyers Shodan Gowaryu
– Eoin Kerrigan Shodan Gowaryu Dojo





SOTR 2012 weekend

panorama-4k-wideThis weekend, the 3rd edition of the South Of The River seminar took place at the SAGA Pavilion in Sandgate, Kent.

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.