Shunpookan Aikido - United States

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Posted by on October 17, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (41)

Our next Grading will be held in November. Remember to check that you have fulfilled all of the requirements to grade and filled out a grading form. You MUST attend a grading course prior to the grading.  Grading course - 3 November, Grading - 8 November.

Self Defense Classes

Posted by on December 13, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)

We are now teaching basic self defense classes on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Classes will cover using basic techniques to control an aggressor and stop an attack. The class uses Aikido movement combined with basic striking, and situational awareness. The class is designed for beginners that want to gain a foundation for self defense.

SPK International Workshop II

Posted by on October 12, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a great week!

We were pleased to host five visitors from the UK, Sensei Brian Burrows was joined by Christian Smith, Ian Macaulay, Geoff Cartwright and Helene Brockless. 

It was a real pleasure to watch the interaction between the students from Gastonia and the visitors from the UK. A lot of ideas were shared and each student had time for one or more individual coaching sessions with a more experienced Aikidoka. 

Congratulations to Gene Spera - 5th Kyu, Alex Austin - 4th Kyu, Raynor Wilkie - 3rd Kyu, and Rob Henderson - 2nd Kyu, great job with the grading.

SPK International Workshop II

Posted by on June 19, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We are currently working with the home SPK organization in the UK to host a workshop / seminar here in Gastonia.

The last time we did this we had a solid contingent of participants come over from the UK. Hopefully we will have the same this year.

Sensei Brian Burrows, 6th Dan So Hombu, head of SPK will be joining us.  We are targeting the month of October.

Sensei Darren Gilbert 4th Dan Isshinryu had expressed interest in joining us to cover striking and seizing techniques. (Always very popular, you can't really describe seizing techniques, they have to be experiences!)

Let us know if you are interested in attending, details are still being worked out.

Since we will have travelers from the UK, we are looking for ideas for events in the local are that they would enjoy visiting. The last time there was a road trip to Tennessee to visit Dollywood and Pigeon Forge.