Dojo Scholar – Practise Makes Almost Perfect By Sensei Dave Brough

Depending upon your martial art, you may find kata boring, repetitive and pointless; padding for grading syllabuses. In my current martial art, I feel this is how many students feel about kata. Having a background in Shotokan Karate, where kata is revered and evolved into a very precise and skilled art, I have had the …

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Holiday’s Soon Over – Class Returns Tomorrow!

We hope that you have all had a great summer break and are ready for getting back on the mat. Time to work off all that ice cream! We return to classes tomorrow, August 27th with both junior and adult sessions. The times are slightly earlier due to the Bank Holiday. So please join us at..... …

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Dojo Scholar – Conscious & Unconscious Bias in Martial Arts by Sensei Dave Brough

For martial arts instructors (or for anyone managing or teaching a group of people) it is really important to consider our biases and how they affect the way we teach and practise. As the professionalism and regulation of martial arts schools develop individuals with conscious, or explicit biases are unwelcome, and rightly so. Prejudice against …

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BBC Four’s ‘Handmade in Japan Now on BBC iPlayer

If you have an interest in Japanese culture this new BBC Four series will be the one to watch. Part of BBC Four's Japan Season comes this new and fasinating 3-part series 'Handmade in Japan', a look at traditional Japanese crafts and craftspeople. The crafts explored are Mingei Pottery, The Kimono and Samurai Sword. All episodes are now …

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