2007 Budo Course
This year’s participants, I cannot call them students as 75% are Dan grades in their own chosen
style, came from Ireland, Manchester, Bognor Regis, Selsey,
Essex, Mansfield ,Grimsby, London and Nottingham
On the Saturday with 67 of us, we split into three groups , having two large matted areas and lots
of floor space, starting with Judo and Wing Chung
Followed by Eskrima /Tai Chi /Aikido
As the weekend unfolded there were also classes in Ju Jutsu , Jo Work and
Spear and Sabre in the Tai Chi class.
The Judo classes composed of Traditional Zen Judo,
The Gonosen No Kata,
a ground work Kata, arm locks and strangles and some exercises of moving
smoothly with control from technique to technique whilst on the ground.
No injuries were reported to me all weekend which is good.
Michael Reid from Belfast Zen Judo
was presented with a well deserved
2nd Dan Grade honour
Two students from Manchester Shiro no Zen Dojo were presented with their 1st Kyu (Brown Belts)
Congratulations to all three,
On the Saturday evening 50 of us went for a meal
While 20 stayed in their Hotel and drank the place dry
( No names but look North)
Teachers this Year were
Andrew Millard B.E.M.
Three things stood out to me this year
The enthusiasm and talent of the teachers and students
The excellent skill and control of all the teachers and the presentation of each art
My thanks to all who helped in the organising of the event i.e.
Teaching /administration/ feeding everybody/ Setting up and moving mats ect.
Shihan Radcliffe Zen