Dojo Survival Guide

Here is a guide that Phil has found.

It is very interesting for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, not matter what martial art you are learning:

“The dojo can be a perplexing place. Everything is different – the clothes, the atmosphere, the terminology, the etiquette…it truly is a whole different culture. Why then are we expected to jump in without any knowledge of what to expect? Even experienced students get tripped up by the intricacies of the martial arts.

Every dojo has its own way of operating, but over the years I have found certain foundational concepts that lead practitioners to success and longevity in their training. I have also noticed some very common pitfalls that trap students in ways they never saw coming. It is my goal with this ebook to give students of all ages and ranks a deeper understanding of how to prosper in their chosen art.”

Download the complete Ebook for free at:
The Student Guide to Surviving a Traditional Dojo by Matthew Apsokardu


The role of meditation in martial arts

“Meditation plays an important part in martial arts across the entire world. It’s often overlooked as the thrill of combat always seems more important, but for who take the time to incorporate some form of stillness and introspection into their path of learning claim it makes their training complete.” …

More here:


Robert Mustard Seminar

This weekend, Meikyokai Aikido Club hosted a Seminar with Robert Mustard Sensei (7th Dan Yoshinkan). Then Event was held at Dartford Judo centre.
Lloyd and I went up to train on the Sunday.

We were lucky enough to receive a few techniques directly from Mustard Sensei himself. The sheer power of them was unbelievable.
We were totally blown away by Mustard Sensei’s aikido which is absolutely effortless.

Anyone who has read Robert Twigger’s book Angry White Pyjamas will be very surprised to hear that Sensei Mustard is really friendly and helpful with a great sense of humour.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable seminar. I have to say that the facilities at the Dartford Judo Centre were excellent. The sunken mats over sprung flooring were just fantastic to train on.

Thanks again to Neil Saunders for arranging the seminar, and for taking time out of the lunch break to give me advice.

Phil with Robert Mustard Sensei
Phil and Robert Mustard Sensei