Monday, 7th January 2008

A quick look back over 2007 as we start training in 2008

As training this year begins, a quick look back at 2007 ...


In addition to our regular Sessions in our own Dojo, we also held our Annual 'Summer Gasshuku' ~ this year 10 days long in September ~ led by Renshi Bibby, plus attended by many guest teachers from Japan. Other events held in our Dojo included an 'Autumn Aikido Seminar' hosted by Kyoshi Payne and a 'Kodokan Goshin Jutsu Course' held in August by Dr Llyr Jones.

A highlight of the year was our 'Annual Presentation Day' held in company with Shihan Nakagawa and his large party from Japan. A 'Presentation Evening' is now simply not long enough, we need a Day !!

International Events attended:

March : Virginia, U.S.A. ~ 'Budo Seminar' led by Hanshi Hamada of DNBKID.

July : Florida, U.S.A. ~ 'Aikido Seminar' where Kyoshi Payne taught.

August : Virginia, U.S.A. ~ '1st World Youth Butoku Sai' where Kyoshi Payne taught.

Youth Team Awards at '1st World Youth Butoku Sai' :

Shorei Sho & 'Kuwahara Cup of Excellence'
Judo Goodwill Randoori Match (UK versus USA) ~ 'Winners Cup'
Dorokyu Sho ~ 'WYBS Demonstration'

Individual Youth Awards:

Luke Fairhead ~ Kuwahara Educational Scholarship & Yushu Sho (Youth Team Leader)

Yushu Sho (Judo Demonstration) ~ Luke Fairhead 
Shorei Sho (Judo Demonstration) ~ William Price
Shorei Sho (Judo Demonstration) ~ Gus O'Grady
Shorei Sho (Judo Demonstration) ~ Kieran Raftery
Dorokyu Sho (Judo Demonstration) ~ Oona O'Grady

August : Washington DC, U.S.A. ~ Kyoshi Payne in Washington DC & New York.

November : Moscow, Russia. ~ 'Budo Seminar' at Moscow Budokan where Kyoshi Payne taught.

National Events attended:

February : Scotland ~ 'Aikido Seminar' led by Yoko Okamoto Sensei

March : Sussex ~ 'Brighton & Hove Women's Day' where MSMAS Ladies demonstrated Iaido.

April : Berkshire ~ 'Meeting Of Minds' Aikido Festival for Charity where Kyoshi Payne taught.

June : Scotland ~ 'Aikido Seminar' led by Toshiro Suga Sensei.

June : Hampshire ~ 'Aikido Seminar' where Kyoshi Payne taught.

June : Sussex ~ MSMAS Ladies demonstrate Iaido to raise funds for WYBS.

June : Berkshire ~ 'Mixed Martial Arts' Festival for R.S.P.C.A. where Kyoshi Payne taught.

June : Sussex ~ 'TOPS Festival of Fun' for Local Education Authority where Kyoshi Payne taught.

November : Kent ~ 'Breaking Down The Barriers' for the 'disabled' where Kyoshi Payne taught.

Judo: Our Judo Group starts 2008 as home for the following 2007 Players:

Junior Boys

BJA 'National Judo Champion'

BJA 'Sussex County' Medallists

Junior Girls

BJA 'Sussex County' Champion

BJA 'Sussex County' Medallist

Senior Men

BJA 'British Ranking' Medallist

BJA 'Southern Regional' Champion

BJA 'Sussex County' Champion

BJA 'Sussex County' Medallists

Senior Ladies

BJA 'British Masters' Judo Champion

BJA GB 'British Masters' Squad Member 

BJA 'Sussex County' Medallists

Our Judo Players also took part in numerous Judo Competitions, resulting in Medal success at the following:

BJA 'North West Senior Open' Championships, Merseyside

BJA 'English Senior Open', Cumbria

BJA 'Salisbury Senior Open'

BJA 'Salisbury Junior Open'

BJA 'Red Belt Rumble', High Wycombe

BSJA 'National Individual' Judo Championships, Crawley

BJA 'Sussex County Trials', Worthing

BJA 'Inter Counties', Portsmouth

NIJF 'Northern Ireland Open', Belfast

'Gatwick Diamond Games', Crawley

BJA 'South of England Junior & Youth' Championships

BJA 'National Team' Championships

BJA 'Kent Senior International' Championships.

DNBK ID '1st World Youth Butoku Sai' Judo Goodwill Randoori Match ~ 'Winners Cup'

All in all, another fascinating year, meeting new friends, renewing old ties and generally just having a good time, by training hard and looking out for each other...

So as we move into 2008, we are all ready, willing and able to take on whatever lays ahead...




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