Welcome back! Everyone seems back into the swing of things and working off those mince pies!! Good to see Semapi Lou and Sempai Tom travelling from London and Milton Keynes to join us for training at the Ishin Ryu headquarters in Caston. This is the year that Tom is hoping to re-attempt his Shodan (Black Belt) so every training session counts.
January was full of celebrations with the beginning of the New Year and significantly the realisation of 25 years of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu on January 9th. From the first night in Borehamwood with just seven students on the mat, to the now, internationally known club we are today. Congratulations to the founder Soke Keven Pell. The event was celebrated, with everyone going back to the roots in Borehamwood, by way of a massive party with two hundred guests. A fantastic achievement, looking forward to the next 25 years. Also in attendance were some special guests from the charity “Hounds for Heroes” this is Ishin Ryus chosen charity this year – we will be collecting throughout the year to present them with monies next January- we have already raised in excess of £6000 which was presented to the founder Allen Parton and a couple of his canine friends. If you have weird and wonderful ways to raise money for this worthy cause let us know.
Also this month saw a few students making the most of the hospitality of the local public house The Wagon and Horses, as they hosted their yearly Burns night celebrations, including a tartan clad piper and Haggis with all the trimming’s. Sadly (for me) some of us were working/training/teaching and were unable to attend, but we intend to make sure we are there next year!