It was Thursday the 8th January and was only a couple of days away from our 25th Anniversary dinner being held in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Martin Adil-Smith who runs the Lionel Dojo in Scotland travelled down for the Anniversary dinner. Martin decided to come down a few days earlier to do a little training at the Aldenham dojo.
Martin arrived at the Borehamwood dojo and then jumped into my car to travel to Aldenham. When everyone was finished changing and went into the dojo I asked Martin to tell us a little bit about himself and keep everyone in the loop to what he does.
The lesson started off as regular with line-up and a welcome back to the club, I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. We started warming up and then followed with breakfalls. We tried a few different combinations of breakfalls so we could get everyone back into the swing of things. Next on the agenda was picking up a pistol, as we have long mats at Aldenham I decided to do a couple of rubber guns and wooden tantos (A short blade) and alternate them so they got a good combination of both.
I gathered the class together after a quick sip of water to demonstrate some syllabus techniques; everyone then partnered up to practice and went around the class to help anyone where help was needed. We performed a number of different techniques from different belts to get a variety. Everyone enjoyed this and for the second part of the lesson placed the Sempai’s in respected groups.
Sempai Mike Tuohy went with the White belts and taught them the dojo rules, how to bow, standing and kneeling and lots of other important aspects needed. Sempai Patrick took the white belts going to Yellow belt and had a good technically session with Baton work. Sempai Sam was partnered up with Martin Adil-Smith and worked through our white belt syllabus. Sempai Tom took Olli Harviek and went through some Blue. It’s a pleasure to see all the guys advance forward with their belts even when they get knocked back. It was great having Martin down and we hope he enjoyed himself.
The rest of the month we worked on different aspects of training, syllabus, fitness, a little grappling both standing and kneeling. One particular lesson we worked on our hip throws and through some burpees into the equation. Partnered up down the mat, this time edge to edge, one side would go first, run to your partner perform one hip throw, return to where you started and perform one burpee. This continued until ten of each was reached and then swap sides. This was quite tiring but placed great car and attention to perform the throw with technique and not strength.
It’s been a great month and was fantastic to see everyone back training. Well done to Simon Hoyles and Matthew Buckner getting back in the saddle and carrying on.
We had our 25th Anniversary dinner and hope that everyone had a fabulous time, there was lots of feedback from this evening and Soke is still replying to them now. For all those that had professional pictures taken with partners or friends would agree the pictures were fantastic. Soke gave us a fabulous keepsake that evening, which is truly a limited edition, with only two hundred being made and two hundred in attendance at the dinner, if you were not there, then you truly did miss out. Let’s get another gathering of friends and family along to the next one on Saturday the 9th January 2016 and make it just as good as this year.
Next month we look forward to continuing our training as six months seems like a long time but tends to creep around very quickly, so keep working on your syllabus.
I have already mentioned it at the club and on here; one for you diary in 2016, the 26th Anniversary dinner held at the same location scheduled for Saturday the 9th January 2016 so please start placing it in your diary for next year.
Hope you have all had a fabulous month and look forward to seeing you all in February for some good training!