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Point Of Contact (10th Aug) By Richard Trafford

What’s the difference between a Sensei and a student? Well not as much as you might think! We instructors think of ourselves every much as students of the martial arts as our own students do. Can you ever ‘get’ martial arts? well I hope not! The subject is as deep and as fascinating as each persons mind will let it be. If you think the subject is just about hitting someone, then you will quickly reach Read more…

Reflective Aikido In Cheltenham

Put Some Heart In It (27th July)

Its close to grading time again and the students are once again under pressure to perform. But this week they looked fine, no technical issues. Stances good, technique good, even focus good too… but something’s missing. This weeks lessons focused on that little bit extra that makes a grading performance.  Because what gets you through a grading isn’t just knowing your syllabus, lets face it – if you don’t know your syllabus then you really Read more…

Back To Basics (19th July)

(By Tim Dickerson) This week I spent some time with one of our up and coming Brown Belts running through his basic Hand Techniques in preparations for his impending Black Belt Grading. One of the things that occured to me while going through these was just how much advanced skill can be attributed to a firm knowlledge of th basics. To be quite honest labouring through the a simple punch is a boring task at Read more…

Tempo Tempo TEMPO! (9th July )

By Richard Trafford. It’s a problem! Needing to learn a new skill set, we take our time and make sure we get it right. Steady as she goes you might say. Of course the more complex the skill to be learned, the more steadily we take it. But what if the skill we are trying to understand and practice is not dry-stone walling but self-defence related!? There are no better reasons to use tempo and Read more…

One Layer At A Time (30th June)

You know, as an instructor there’s nothing better than laying out a structured lesson. Taking a concept from the ground up. You start with something basic then add a little bit to get the students to the next layer/depth of understanding. Then you add another and another and by the end of the lesson – boom!! A fully formed principle to knock the socks of a would be opponent. But you know, it never really Read more…

Beginners Mind (22nd June)

By Tor Laurel. As a martial artist who walked into a Judo club some 40 years ago, I’ve often found that it is very difficult to gauge my overall progress, and I’m sure this is something that I have in common with most of our students. We show up every week and look to see how much we have improved, and the most realistic comparison we can make is whether we are better than we Read more…

Get Into Shape (13th June)

Thoughts on shapes (By Richard Trafford) This week has definitely been a focus on weapon work for me, the Jo staff playing a big part of course; with some of our students hoping to grade in it soon. Of course this theme was started of by the usual Monday nights sword session. I must say like a lot of students, when i first started to learn weapon work, i struggled somewhat to find the joy. Read more…

Weapons Seminar ahead! (May 23rd)

Now almost half way through 2014 and the year is flying along! We all feel that the year so far has been very busy and successful. We’ve had a fair few people come along and join Wisewarrior to study Aikido, Karate and Sword. Many of our existing students have passed National and Wisewarrior gradings. We have at least three brown belts that are now looking good to be grading for Black Belt this year. Also Read more…

Back in the room! (April 29th)

And… we’re back!! After a brief leave of absence (for the blog!), what with Easter Bank Holidays and all, but here we are again doing what we love most – Teaching Martial Arts!!! Since we last posted about the cracking grading results from our grading students we have had a busy few sessions, with an awesome Black Belt night, that had a really great mix of stick work and unarmed combat drills that all the Read more…

(9th April) Making….and taking the grade!

Another busy and productive week of grading frenzied 1-2-1 training last week with lots of great work done both Monday and Wednesday. All in preparation for the big day on Sunday. And we are pleased to announce it was another great day for our Cheltenham Dojo students, with all in attendance making their respective grades. Some really great performances and great spirit throughout from the Cheltenham gang. A special mention must go to D.Tam who Read more…