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Walthamstow Festival 2007

Mark and MartinSeptember 1st saw Walthamstow YMCA Aikido Club return to the Walthamstow Festival, 2 years after our last appearance. On one of the nicest days of the year (not hard I know) we did 2×20 minute demos sandwiched between Shaolin GongFu and Hadri Taekwondo.

Thanks to all who took part in the demo and those that turned up to support. Thanks also to Guillaume Vernay for letting us put up his photos which can be found here.  And finally special thanks to Estie, Chris and all those who organised the whole thing, turning up and throwing each other around was easy in comparison.

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Mimuro SenseiOnce again, we were lucky enough to have Atsushi Mimuro Sensei, 6th Dan Yokohama International Aikido Club visit us.  And once again, he taught us solid basic aikido mixed with his own unique style of softness and magic developed from his 20 years training under Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan.

After a thoroughly enjoyable and baffling class, we headed to the pub for a swift half and then on Dan’s recommendation for a greek meal.

Special thanks to Sensei and Cathy and all those who attended who made it such a top evening.  Photos are here.

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Too addictive by far

leaning-tower.JPGI am big fan of Tower Defence games of which there seem to be hundreds now and very few measure up to the originals. This one, Vector TD, at Candystand has got to be one of the best I’ve played.

Now if only I could stop! I promise I will once I get the all time high score on Frog…

Update 15 June 2007: Oh yes! Click Me!!

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Spoooooky

Campbells tinDave of fudebako fame pointed me to todays xkcd – now that is just uncanny…

His school boy error is that both answers have the same number of letters.  Not that it would be relevant to me and MY Emily – she’s fab and i lurrrve her.

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25th Course BowSome time ago, in what seems the very dim and a bit distant past, UCL Aikido had a 25th anniversary which was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.  I got round to scanning the pictures in so I didn’t lose them and have posted them here for posterity.   There are some of the best course photos I’ve seen, together with one of them featuring the first time Satu wore a hakama after being granted permission to by Mr Smith.

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FudebakudoI have been duly and rightly chastised for not listing fudebakudo in my web-comics list below. Really it’s because I think of it as so much more than just a comic, it is an insight (sometimes worrying) into the mind and creativity of one of the most disturbingly talented people I know. So Dave, many apologies, please forgive me; oh, and may I have permission to use this image from your site?

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Phil Smith ThumbnailPhil Smith, a top aikidoka and a top man came to teach an aikido course on Saturday. We had a fantastic course, as usual I left knowing that I knew nothing. I feel like Donald Rumsfeld; at least I know my unknowns – EVERYTHING! Thanks to Phil and his entourage for coming to visit.

Click the picture on to see the gallery and a couple of videos but be warned, the videos are pretty massive; I’ll try and get some bandwidth friendly ones up soon. Thanks to Kev for the photography. There’s some white dots floating on some of the pictures, I think this is flare from the flash reflecting off dust in the air. Oh and my shoulders are meant to be up in that photo…

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