2018 Winter School was very successful on many levels.
We had a record attendance of over 100 trainees, plus visitors from other Aiki Kai related associations. To continue our connection to Hombu Dojo and the next generations coming through Suzuki Sensei, who was uke for Doshu on his last visit here, was invited to attend and what a powerhouse he was! At only 36 and 6th Dan, he showed great technique, huge flexibility and an encouraging on-mat personality. Everyone was enthused with his style of training and his infectious energy. We have invited him back for next Winter School.
Our senior dans continued to demonstrate basic waza so that we could study them closely and make them the bedrock of our technique.The new venue at St. Ignatius, Riverview, in Lane Cove provided a more central location but, more importantly, the accommodation was much improved over the old venue and the Common Room was a hub of social activity every evening. The full size snooker table and the table tennis table were very popular. This really fulfilled Sensei's view for this type of event, training hard together and establishing a close camaraderie.
The mat area was jam packed but the NSW organisers say they will add more mats for next year's event. On a more prosaic note, there was plenty of space to store items in the upstairs balcony and shower and toilet facilities are right beside the dojo. And it has to be said, the catering was excellent, just what you need after a long day of training!
We must thank all the NSW team for their effort in putting the school together, but in particular Jikou Sugano and Felicity Peters Senseis for their outstanding work.
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