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Time Change Dan Gradings Sunday 22nd September

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Dan Gradings will begin at 10.00am and not 10.30am as stated on the calendar.

Dan Grading Weekend 20th/22nd September

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Yama Arashi Dan Grading weekend. Details of training times:

Friday 20th September – 7.30pm-9.30pm (course)

Saturday 21st September – 2.00pm-6.00pm (course)

Sunday 22nd September – 10.00am-12.30pm (Grading)

Dan gradings 2012

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

The Yama Arashi Dan gradings were held at the club last weekend. This took the traditional format of training Friday and Saturday followed by the gradings on Sunday morning.

It was a special year as far as I was concerned, as four of the junior students were grading. They have all been training at the club since about 7 and 8 years old, so a very proud morning for me and also their very nervous parents!

The succesful 1st Dans were Ellen Pickett, Natalie Greaves, Chloe Somers, Mason Jewitt, Garrett Jackson. Steve Martin, a student from Stratford was awarded his 2nd Dan. He should have been accompanied by Russell Coleridge but unfortunately Russell sprained his ankle a few days prior to the grading, which meant he was unable to grade. We will look forward to his when he has recovered.

Thankfully, the weather followed the traditional pattern of being kind to us, so all in all a very enjoyable weekend.

Afterwards, we celebrated at Zorbaz Greek restaurant, a good time had by all! My thanks to Charlie and Joanne for their hard work in organising this.

Photos of the weekend will be posted in the gallery section soon.

Dan Gradings 14th/15th/16th September 2012

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Please note the change in the previously stated time for the Gradings.

Sunday’s session will start at 10am and not 10.30 as printed on the calendar.

Yama Arashi Uk Dan Gradings -14th-16th September 2012

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

This is the highlight of our Yama Arashi calendar! Please give those taking their black belt grading your support by ensuring your attendance at this event, as one day not so far away, you will be following in their footsteps.

The Aikido weekend is planned to reflect the trips that were made to Brussels-a class on the first day, a course on the Saturday, with the actual gradings taking place on the Sunday morning.

Social get-togethers will take place in between training sessions, and this year a new venue for Sunday, Zorbaz Greek restaurant. Those who came at Christmas will remember what a fun night it was, so hopefully we can make it a good party this year!

Details of the menu for the meal will be displayed on the notice board soon and I would be grateful if you would choose your options as soon as possible.

Training times are as follows:

Friday 14th September. Training: 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Friday evening: Drinks at venue to be arranged.

  Saturday 15th September. Training: 2.00pm-6.00pm.

Saturday evening: Drinks at venue to be arranged

    Sunday 16thh September. Gradings: 10.00am-12.30pm.

(time is subject to change)

Afterwards: Meal and entertainment at Zorbaz

All grades and beginners are welcome. Please make every effort to attend these sessions.

Barbara Moss.

Dan Gradings 2011

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

The Yama Arashi UK Dan Gradings were held at the dojo on Sunday 18th September. This traditional annual event began with a two hour training session on Friday evening, with another four hours on Saturday afternoon. Friday evening was instructed by Barbara, with the Saturday sessions shared with the other 5th Dans, Grev Cooke, Brian Kennedy and Ric Costigan.

The weekend was very well attended, with Coventry members and members from YA Stratford and members from Milton Keynes. It was a pleasure to see Dean from Scotland, who travelled down as normal and brought three of his students for their first visit to our dojo.( Dean is our camera man who seems to bring more photography equipment every year!)

There were three 1st Dan Gradings this year, Steven Barnett, who started Aikido as a junior member at 12 years old, so has been practicing at the club for ten years, Chris Cox and Toby Quosh, a student from Ric’s club at Stratford.

The 2nd Dans were Mark Burton, Jake Irwin and Dennis Younge. All were successful, which made for a very pleasant meal afterwards at The Bell and an evening back at the club.  This was rounded off with Marianne demonstrating her excellent belly dancing skills to us, with a few brave souls joining in to have a go. Photos to follow soon!

Very well done to all and my thanks to all those who helped out over the weekend.

Yama Arashi Brussels Newsletter Excerpt

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

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

Brussels 2010

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Diary of Events (Grev Cooke, 5th Dan)

Thursday 14th October

Day 1:

We all met at the airport nice and early so it must be a beer or three before we go – good start

Small hiccup with the train into Brussels but much too complicated for me to explain so you will have to ask ‘El Presidente’.

Short walk to the hotel that surprisingly was the old Red Lion, an old haunt of ours.

Then true to tradition a visit for more real beer in the ‘stuffed horse’ real name the King of Spain in the main square.

Later we all went to Thielemans official last session and it was really good after so many years, to see him taking the class. His points were all back to basics and delivered in his usual style. Nice to see some old friends after such a long time.

Then, the bombshell. He awarded me, Bri and Ric our 5th Dan’s, what a pleasant surprise! Barb then told us all the ins and outs of how she organised it, she must have been bursting holding it in.

After the class, they had laid on a buffet, which allowed some more beer and chatting time. Then off to the other watering hole ‘Le Coq’. There are so many stories that have involved this pub, I wouldn’t know where to start.

We left Le Coq about 2:30am to get some chips at Fritland. Fritland has always been open for virtually 24 hours but now it closes at 1:00am. What a disappointment. We had to make do with a McDonalds!

 Friday 15th October

Day 2:

Most made breakfast, then a wander around Brussels and looked at the old Dojo in ‘Sablon’. Again, so many happy memories. A bit of shopping, more beer then off to the evening class. A similar class as the Thursday with Ric, Barb and me showing a technique. Loads of faults pointed out by Thielemans except for Barb who did one of the best techniques he had seen, so much micky taking ensued.

After the class, we all went for a meal accompanied by Thielemans and about a dozen of his friends. The meal finished around midnight so off to Le Coq but as its now like a student hangout, it was bursting at the seams, so we just found a quieter bar to finish off the night.

 Saturday 16th October

Early breakfast so we could catch the train in plenty of time. At the airport we indulged in some more beer and shopping. Due to the long customs check we only just managed to get to get on the plane. Arrived back in Birmingham around midday. Such a lot to do in so short a time but for those that have been before a trip down memory lane and for the first timers they can now understand that some of our stories may be true!

 It brought home to me how things are constantly changing and we have to move on. It was nice to be present at Thielemans last class and receive my 5th Dan from him but it means more to me to receive it from Barbara. Tom was my mentor and Thielemans was his. Now Barbara is my mentor (whether she likes it or not) as she is for all our other YAUK members.

Dan Gradings Brussels 2010

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

See gallery Dan Grading section for latest photos

Belgium 2010 5th Dan Gradings G. Cooke, B. Kennedy R. Costigan

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Earlier this year a few of us were talking about how nice it would be to visit Brussels. Many of the past and present Aikido members have happy memories of our annual trips in September, when we went to train and eligible participants took their Dan grade examinations under the direction of Sensei Thielemans 6th Dan.

 I had been giving the promotion of the senior instructors of Yama Arashi a good deal of thought  and was undecided about the best approach  to keep it as a total surprise. Earlier this year, we had information from Sensei Tony Thielemans, the head of our association, that he was to teach his last class on October 14th which was obviously going to be a very special occasion. After contacting Sensei he confirmed that he was more than happy to award  these special gradings on that day, so then the difficult part was to make sure that they could all go to Brussels at that time and also their partners!

It all worked out well and was a great weekend,  just like old times, with lots of memories and stories of past years related by those who could still remember them!

The 5th Dan gradings were awarded after the 2 hour course on Thursday evening and I was so pleased that it came as a total surprise to the three of them, Grev Cooke, Brian Kennedy and Ric Costigan. Sensei Thielemans received many retirement presents after the class and then we celebrated at a reception at the centre where we met up with old friends from Yama Arashi who we had not seen for a number of years. I was so pleased that Ros Jan and Christelle were there to enjoy the presentations but only wished that more could have been there to celebrate the happy event. The members who joined us were so pleased, I know, to be there at such a special occasion.

 The next day we had a relaxing day shopping and walked to the Grand Sablon area to show the newer members where we took our examinations.

The next evening, Friday, we went to the dojo for another two hour session with Sensei Thielemans, who picked one or two of us to demonstrate a technique to the class.

The weekend was finished off with a meal at a restaurant in the centre of Brussels with friends and members of Sensei.

Last Thursday another presentation was made to Grev, Brian and Ric at our dojo, so that the members could witness the occasion and also to Martin whose certificate was signed by Sensei during the weekend as he was awarded his 4th Dan, last September.

 I was extremely happy to present the 5th Dan awards.  As well as their Aikido technique and teaching, they all give 100% to the club and to Yama Arashi UK in so many ways. They work together as a team for the good of the club and have coped well with extra responsibility placed upon them after losing their Sensei and also their friend Tom Moss.

 Well Done and Congratulations!

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