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Aikido Dan Grading Weekend 14/15th September

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The Dan Grading weekend is next week 14th/15th September.

Training is 2.00-6.00 Saturday

Gradings only on Sunday.10.00 onwards

Please note the start time is 10am and NOT the usual start time of 10.30

Aikido Dan Grading Weekend 8th & 9th September.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Training times for the Dan Grading Weekend are:

Saturday 2.00-6.00 ( please note there will be no 12-1 class on Saturday 8th)

Sunday 10.00-12.00

Dan Gradings 2017

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Congratulations to our seven successful members who were awarded their well deserved 1st and 2nd Dans last Sunday. It was a fabulous weekend which ended with a lovely meal at Davincis in Earlsdon. A big thank you to all those who supported the course and everyone who helped to organise our 20th Dan grading in Coventry. Many of us will remember our own gradings held in Brussels prior to 1997. Photos will be posted on the website later.

Dan Gradings 15th, 16th, 17th September.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

This years Dan Grading weekend is almost upon us. All details of training, and meal etc are on the notice board. Please note- Due to the big grading the start time is 10am and not 10.30.

Dan Gradings 16th-18th September 2016

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Congratulations to all those promoted at the recent Dan Grading. Unfortunately there were two members who sustained injuries close to the weekend so were unable to grade. This was very disappointing for them but hopefully they will both be back training before too long. We have two new 1st dans and two new 2nd dans. Dean Simpson from Scotland Yama Arashi was promoted to 3rd Dan and Steve Thompson and Colin Garner were awarded 5th Dan. All gradings very well deserved.

We all had a very enjoyable weekend with lots of training before Sunday. It was a pleasure to catch up with friends who took the trouble to travel to share the weekend with us and also Dean’s members, Neil and Emma from Glasgow. 50 of us celebrated at the Holiday Inn Stratford upon Avon afterwards.

My thanks to everyone who supported the weekend to make it a special one and to the instructors for their hard work during the last months.

Photos will be in the gallery at a later date.

Class Cancellation Senior Aikido 17th September 2016

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Class Cancellation Senior Aikido Saturday 17th September.

Due to the Dan grading course next Saturday there will be no senior class at 12.00-1.30.

All welcome on the course at 2pm-6pm

The Sunday morning session will be for gradings only

Dan Gradings 2016

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

The Dan gradings are next weekend, beginning Friday 16th. Please note that as it is a big grading this year, proceedings will begin at 10am and not 10.30 as stated on the calendar.

Please see Gallery for recently uploaded photos.

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The following events have been uploaded in the gallery section.

Junior Gradings-February 2016

Dan Gradings -2015

In “special events” photos of visiting air cadets practicing Aikido.

Aikido Dan Grading Weekend 18th – 20th September

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Y.A.U.K traditional annual Dan Gradings took place at the Phoenix, last weekend.

We all took part in Friday night and Saturday afternoon training with the gradings held on Sunday morning.

A really enjoyable weekend, meeting up and training with old friends together with social get togethers.

A comparatively small grading this time but a very happy one, with all successful in being promoted.

Congratulations to Jake, 3rd Dan, Joanne 2nd Dan and our new 1st Dan Liam. Well done for all your hard work in

preparing for this special event.

We celebrated at Nailcote Hall in the afternoon. A great weekend. My thanks to all concerned.

Dan grading Weekend September 2014

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The Yama Arashi Dan Grades are the highlight of the Club and are held every September. The weekend started with a 2-hour course taken by Sensei Barbara on the Friday evening. The candidates for second Dan (Rod Meechan and Paul Totterdell) also demonstrated a few techniques. A few of us then headed down the local pub for some refreshments. On Saturday we trained from 2-6pm with the teaching shared between Senseis Barbara, Ric and Brian; and again after the course we headed down the local pub, albeit a different one… Then the big day arrived. Whilst Barbara and a few helpers got the place ready by putting chairs outside for the audience and laying some drinks and snacks in the other room, Istvan ensured the big mat was swept clean and carried out his usual inspection. This year, there were two candidates for Nidan (Rod and Paul) though none for Shodan. So we had a bit of a practice and then the gradings kicked off. They were to demonstrate many techniques, open-handed, with the Boken and the Jo, as well as the usual keiko. After a few tense minutes when the panel convened in another other room (no… not the one with the drinks and snacks!), the candidates were relieved to be informed they had both passed. But there was more to come! After awarding both Paul and Rod with their second Dan, Sensei Barbara announced that more gradings would be awarded. And the first one was Charlie Reid who was awarded his third Dan. Charlie provided a lot of support to the Club over the past few years covering the Tuesday class. A few months ago, he had to undergo some surgery and was back on the mat well before the doctors had recommended, to Chrissie’s delight as apparently he is not a good patient! Mike Mitchell from Keihatsu Aikido Club Milton Keynes, was also awarded his third Dan, for all the hard work he has put into the running of the Club and for providing support to Kevan Poundes. And there was one more… It seems odd since I am writing this article, but the final grading of the day was awarded, well, to me! I feel extremely humble to have been awarded my fourth Dan and iIn all honesty it still hasn’t sunk in After a few photos, we all headed to the Holiday Inn in Stratford for a 3-course meal. The food was very nice indeed and there was a lovely big garden which backed on to the river. And without fail, the sun was out as it always is every year we hold this very special weekend.

Christelle Kennedy

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