Monday, June 25, 2012

New Members in Hartland dojo

An update to add a few new members that have joined Huw in the BKAA Hartland dojo in North Devon.

  • Dermot Hogan - 3rd Kyu
  • Michelle Heard
  • Dave Bryant
Welcome to you all and I hope you enjoy the journey that you have commenced into the world of Aikido.

Other BKAA news:

Some of the dojo sensei's joined a call a few weeks ago to run through the direction of the BKAA.
During this call the following was decided:

  • Potential new syllabus to be circulated
  • BKAA meeting in early 2013
  • BKAA Facebook page unveiled
  • Further group calls will be arranged in the future.

Friday, May 11, 2012

BKAA Newsletter 20 Years Ago

As this is my first post to the current online BKAA newsletter, it seems oddly appropriate that its subject is the BKAA newsletter itself - but not as it is now.

I recently discovered and old paper-printed issue of the newsletter from on less than 20 years ago. Sadly some of the names mentioned are no longer practising with us. Though I note that Sensei Eileen was busy teaching an intermediate class at the time. Anyway, for the benefit of any old-timers who might appreciate a bit of nostalgia, you may want to read the short article I have posted about Ki Magazine #5 (March 1992) on the Hartland Aikido Club web site.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New BKAA dojo - Tottenham

David Findley has started another new BKAA dojo in Tottenham.

Tottenham Community Sports Centre,
701-703 High Road,
N17 8AD
Tel: 020 -8801-6401

Fridays at 5.30pm till 7pm

Nearest overground station  "White Hart Lane" (5 mins walking)
Nearest underground station  "Seven Sisters station, Victoria Line " (10 mins  on 149/259 bus)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Swindon Meeting and Recent Gradings

Thanks to all who attended the BKAA day out in Swindon, it was an enjoyable day and good to meet others from around the Association.

During the day two Swindon members graded to 5th Kyu, Yellow belt.
  • Lewis Kidd
  • Stephen Reuse
Well done to you both for performing under the added pressure of the bigger audience.

Additional gradings that I have omitted from last year.

Congratulations go to the following members of the Orpington dojo:

  • Ultan McCarthy - 2nd Kyu - Blue belt
  • Richard Georgiades - 3rd Kyu - Green belt
  • David Westlake - 4th Kyu - Orange belt
Thanks again to all who made the Swindon meeting a success, during the coming months I will look into other venues to allow more to attend. Could you reply if a whole weekend would be better for these events?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hartland Aikido Club

Huw Collingbourne has started a new BKAA dojo in North Devon.

He was practicing with the BKAA many years ago with Eileen and Maurice and has returned to us.

The start date for the Hartland Aikido Club is this week on March 15th

The venue will be the Bucks Cross Village Hall, between Bideford and Hartland.

Thereafter, he'll be practising regularly on Thursdays between 7- 9 pm.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

BKAA Meeting - Swindon dojo - 11th March 2012

To allow some of the BKAA Orpington members to grade to 3rd Dan

The hall has been booked at Swindon dojo
on Sunday 11th March 2012
at 10am - 4pm

Haydon Centre,
Thames Avenue,
Haydon Wick,
Swindon, Wiltshire,
SN25 1QQ

The day will be filled with more Aikido for all levels
Please come along and meet others in the BKAA

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New BKAA dojo in Grantown on Spey

Just to let all BKAA members know, Jill and James Oni-Orisan are starting a new BKAA dojo in Scotland after their move last year.

Lessons commence on Wednesday 11th January, then also on Saturday's in Grantown on Spey.

After Easter break this will extend to Kingussie Sports Centre, and then after the summer another in Aviemore Sports Centre.  

Jill and James are running it along the same lines as Colchester Dojo, employed by the sports centres.  

A great start to the New Year for them both and the BKAA.