March 12th, Oxford, 4pm – The first British Aikido Federation National Course since the pandemic. More than 2 years have passed. How many would return? How would it be? Are we fit enough?!
…happily many came, fun was had by all – and we were nearly fit enough! Seeing friendly faces again and the enjoyment of normal practice was
a great boost to the spirit.
Ian McClarence (7th Dan) travelled from Newcastle and Don Morgan (7th Dan) travelled from Port Talbot, bringing their individual style and character to the Saturday and Sunday sessions. Enthusiasm and good humour was present in abundance in both students and instructors..
The Oxford Club, hosting the event put on a great show with 13 members present on Saturday! (Is that a record?) .
Even old friend Steve Sharp made it back for the weekend, travelling all the way from Cornwall to join us!
Brilliant efforts especially from newcomers Charlie, Simone, and Marco. Welcome support from regulars too – Brian, Steph, John, Hernan, and Mahdi. Also good to see new joiner Andy on the mat.
Overall? – fitness – not too bad. Some aches and pains, yes, but it felt great to be back on the mat, once again to be struggling with the questions “why didn’t that work?” and “which way should I be moving?”.
Many thanks for all who supported the event – more than 70 people over the 2 days. A taste of the hard work that lies ahead in returning to fitness and improved practices 👍