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Yama Arashi Brussels Newsletter Excerpt

Barbara Moss

Yama Arashi Brussels Newsletter – A rough translation of Sensei Thielemans’ report.

SPECIAL COURSE OF AIKIDO OF 14 and October 15 at Budokan and visiting delegations from YAMA-ARASHI COVENTRY, YAMA-ARASHI ANTWERPEN and AKTERNAT THEO WALRAVENS In front of a very large audience it was announced as the final course of Tony Thielemans. No fewer than 16 practitioners of Yama-Arashi Coventry in England had made the trip to participate in these lessons. There was also a delegation of practitioners Yama-Arashi Antwerp and another club Ternat. Also some professors, students and black belts of Yama-Arashi Brussels but also members of other clubs and their friends. Such as Professor Paul Van Lierde, who begun at the Yama-Arashi at the age of 15 years and is now 5th dan. Among the spectators were also many teachers from the provinces such as Mr. Carlo Van Parijs Liege and Mr. Theo Walraven Ternat. We also had the presence of sympathetic Vandermoten Mr Christian’s Sports Service of the City of Brussels. We can’t name all those who were either on the tatami, or in assistance, for example, Professor John Jeurissen, 6th Dan Judo President ABAMJ. Budokan F and representative but we would like to thank all those who have written, phoned or sent an email to ensure their support. During these courses, we had the opportunity to admire the technical excellence of our British friends whose education is under the direction of Ms. Barbara Moss, 5th dan who showed a magnificent aiki-nage. Also Jean Trembloy, which in addition to his 5th dan aikido 5th dan is also iai-do and 4th dan jodo, gave us a beautiful demonstration of kata Jodo (stick) and explained the basics for a few moments this session. At the end of the course of 14 October Grev Cooke, Brian Kennedy and Ric Costigan and to Mr. Gil Graff, who began the study of Aikido in our Club in 1964 were awarded the rank of fifth Dan. The rank of 4th dan was awarded to Messrs Ivan Dhondt and Philippe Leboeuf and we have to honour the memory of Francis Speliers by awarding him posthumously the rank of 6th Dan. A reception hosted by the President, Mrs. Joel Thielemans and Marie-José Servay committee member, and we were pleased to have the presence of Mr. Mayor Freddy Thielemans. This closed this memorable evening. The next day, after class, a banquet was held that brought together 25 guests who celebrated the end of two days together with members of Yama-Arashi Coventry.

I want to thank you again for the wonderful gifts that were offered to me and want to say that if I do no more courses for physical reasons, it do not mean my retirement and I continue my work for the dissemination of martial arts and prosperity of Yama-Arashi Tony Thielemans

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