Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring 2009 Training Camp

We just concluded our Spring 2009 training camp. We had 45 people in attendance and had a fabulous day of training, teaching and camaraderie. I appreciate all the instructors who taught during our sessions. I especially appreciate the hard work and attentiveness of each and every student. Sensei Wyndham began our day with uras (reversals) of Nihon Goshin Aikido. I was next with how to better connect Nihon Goshin Aikido techniques one with another. Our third session was presented by Jack Walker in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He covered the closed guard, guard variations as well as offensive and defensive maneuvers from the guard. Lastly, Kyoshi Gary Shull taught us how to create small openings in order to create big openings. He also taught us very effective striking zones. We finished the afternoon with a wonderful dinner at the dojo.

I appreciate all the students who traveled from out of town to our dojo in Columbia, SC and those students who helped prior to and after the event. I especially want to thank Becky Wilkerson, Erin Courtney, and Reed Talbot for providing desserts.

I look forward to another training camp soon.

See you on the mats,

Sensei Carter

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Student Promotions

I want to take the opportunity to congratulate the following students on their recent promotion in the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido.

John Lindley - Yon-Kyu
Jessie Knight - Yon-Kyu
Drew Beaty - Go-Kyu
Hunter Boyd - Go- Kyu
Kathryn Williams - Go-Kyu
Troy Sumpter - Go- Kyu
Ian MacLean - Go-Kyu
Wayne Pittman - Go-Kyu
Tim McNeal - Go-Kyu
Erick Boniface - Junior Green Belt
Johnny Clemens - Junior Green Belt
Carson Youngblood - Junior Blue Belt
Syd Miyasaki - Junior Blue Belt
Kyle Speagle - Junior Blue Belt

All our students are putting in outstanding effort with a great attitude. Great job and keep up the good work.

Sensei John Carter