Martial Arts for Mental Health Seminar

So we have done it, seminar was great we managed to raise £600, unfortunately we had to pay £300 for the hall hire. Overall I’m very happy that we managed to raise any money as at one point I thought that we will not have enough to cover hall hire. As they say picture is worth thousand words so please view pictures and videos below 🙂

Aikido

Jardine Karate

Jiu Jitsu

Shin ai do Karate

Shodo Calligraphy

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

MAFMH

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We would like to invite you all to attend a ‘Martial Arts for Mental Health’ event. This seminar dedicated to raising funds to support wellbeing and good mental health. The event is organised by LB Posture Training. The money raised from the event will go to support the work of The Welcome Project in Waverley. The Welcome Project is a part of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation and registered charity which works with people across Surrey struggling with issues around drugs, alcohol and mental health. The Welcome Project works in partnership with other organisations and volunteers to provide a variety of activities, support, guidance and opportunities for people who feel isolated, have lost their focus, suffer from anxiety or need a change of direction.

Key Event Details:
• When: Sunday 9th of April, from 10:00 to 15:00.
More detailed timings are as follows
o 09:30 doors open
o 10:00 morning session (prompt start)
o 12:00 lunch break
o 12:45 regroup
o 13:00 afternoon session
o 15:00 finish

• Where: Surrey Sports Park (SSP) (for details on how to get there please visit their website here: http://www.surreysportspark.co.uk/guestinformation/howtofindus/)

• Cost: Entry donation is £10 or more (if you are feeling generous)
Please note that if you are unable to attend this event but would still like to contribute you can do so via our JustGiving page here:

http://www.justgiving.com/MAFMH

• Booking: As space is limited we would really appreciate it if those who are planning to attend either select ‘going’ on the Facebook event or let us know via email at les.bubka@lbposture.com.

• Important notices:
o SSP have a policy of not permitting any food or drink to be consumed on site unless purchased at SSP. Please note that there is a Starbucks and Sports Bar onsite for refreshments.
o Please do not take photographs as we require a SSP permit to do so. If you would like photographs of the event please ask us to take them on your behalf (using our camera).

Martial Arts Represented:
There will be a variety of Martial Arts presented at this seminar including Aikido, Karate and Jiu Jitsu. There will also be a demonstration of Taiso. We are extremely grateful to those who have offered their time to support this event. Please find details of the instructors below.
Confirmed styles and instructors:

Aikido with Hanshi Roger Payne
The Way of Spiritual Harmony. The Aikido we practice includes throws, joint locks and immobilisations, all carried out in a ‘Self Defence’ manner.

Jiu Jitsu with Renshi Jim Rooney
The Myo Shin Ryu Jiu Jitsu system places emphasis on throwing, pinning, and joint-locking techniques.

Jardine Karate with Sensei Matt Jardine
A pressure tested practice covering stand-up, clinch and ground fighting. A synthesis of arts, styles and experiences aimed at helping students define and design their own answers to their unique martial arts needs.

Shin ai do Karate with Sensei Les Bubka
Shin ai do Karate is an all-round full-contact style that inherits from Karate schools such as Goju Ryu and Kyokushin.

Further Information:
If you would like to learn more about the causes we are supporting please visit the links below:

http://www.catalystsupport.org.uk/

http://www.welcomeprojectsurrey.co.uk/

If you would like to know more about the instructors that have dedicated their time to support this event please visit the links below:

http://www.msmas.org/

http://mcsda.co.uk/

http://www.jardinekarate.com/

http://www.lbposture.com/

http://www.shinaidokarate.com/

If you have any further queries about this event, please contact Les via les.bubka@lbposture.com.

Link to the event below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/699556546858450/

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

Budo seminar Greece

My personal favourite was the Tai Chi session – being a Karate practitioner it made a nice change to use the exercise of a martial art for calming purposes. A.KB

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Our club recently took part in a Budo seminar in Athens. This event was organised by our friend Sarantis Theodosiou and Zendo Ryu Karate Do Greece.  A group of four represented Shin ai do United Kingdom, Anna, Les, Cassandra and Marek.  Greece greeted us with rain and cold temperatures, which is not quite what we had expected, but a warm welcome from our friends and excellent food more than made up for the weather!  We spent a couple of days at Amarithos (Evia) and then moved to Athens and the Olympic stadium where the Budo seminar was held.  This year we the opportunity to train with teachers from Greece, representing Zendo Ryu Karate, Aikido, Hapkido, Kenpo, Tai Chi and Ninjitsu.  All of these training sessions were interesting and were run in a friendly atmosphere.   All of the teachers were keen to answer any questions and so we were able to get an in-depth view of the way of each of their martial arts.

After six hours of learning and exchanging ideas we then headed off for dinner.  I have to mention the restaurant that we went to as it is run by our Tai Chi friend, Nick.  The food was absolutely excellent and I would definitely recommend that anyone staying in Athens consider paying it a visit.  (The restaurant is called Fish Co Platters – www.fishcoplatters.gr)

The day before the seminar we had a chance to catch up with our friends from Germany who treated us to an interesting trip around the island of Evia.  Thanks to Dietmar for showing us the sites, even if it was via the scenic route!

During the last day of our trip we were able to visit some of the tourist attractions of Athens before flying back to London.

Overall we had a brilliant time and are looking forward to the next seminar!

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Anna’s Review

“As always it was great to catch up with our fellow martial artists in Greece.  It was also great to see a lot of new faces and meet new instructors.

The seminar featured a wide range of different schools and it was brilliant to be able to try aspects of so many styles at one event.  My personal favourite was the Tai Chi session – being a Karate practitioner it made a nice change to use the exercise of a martial art for calming purposes.”

Cass’s Review

“I just wanted to tell you what an interesting trip I had last week with the Shin ai do martial arts organisation.Once we arrived in Athens we drove to the sleepy island of Evia where we had a fish supper with Dietmar and Stefan. Afterwards we checked into our hotel room and as it was the low season it turned out we had the whole hotel for ourselves.  The Greek style breakfast was followed by a drive around the island which should really be done in a 4×4 in case you get off the beaten track! Then lunch with Dietmar and his wonderful wife Ilona. The view from their house was wonderful and tranquil, and surprisingly warm. Dinner was a typical affair, plentiful and tasty.  Can’t wait for a good workout now.Sunday was an early start with a trip back to the Athens Olympic Stadium dojo for the seminar.  The purpose of the seminar was to meet other instructors and students in various forms of martial arts, and I wasn’t disappointed. We had taster sessions in Hapkido, Kempo, Ninjitsu, Tai chi, Aikido and of course, Karate giving a view from a modern and realistic approach.  Students ranged from beginners to 8th Dan which didn’t matter as everyone was there to try out and hopefully learn something new.  We were all given a certificate of attendance and the opportunity to socialise with the instructors over a wonderful meat feast and lovely Pinotage!

The final day gave us the opportunity to check out the old ruins of Athina – I’m referring to the Acropolis (including the Parthenon). Then back home.  All in all a very pleasant and interesting trip.  Definitely worthwhile – where will the next one be?”

Seminar Review

Last weekend our club hosted an International Budo Seminar where we had various martial arts instructors demonstrating and teaching their arts. Personally for me this event was a great success, especially as I was initially worried that we would have only limited attendance. In the end we had over 30 people turn up and I hope that they all had a great time. Below you can find a short review that was written by one of the participants, followed by a few pictures.  Enjoy 🙂

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“Martial Arts Seminar August 2014

This August I had the opportunity to attend a martial arts seminar in Guildford with instructors from the UK and mainland Europe who are high level teachers in various disciplines.

For me it is always interesting to train with new instructors and in styles that differ from those that that I regularly practice. There are opportunities to learn new ideas and variations of existing techniques; a chance to expand horizons.

This seminar did not disappoint. Not only did we get a chance to experience new possibilities but there was also a real sense of camaraderie. Instructors from different styles and countries coming together with open minds and students (mostly) enjoying learning. I certainly hope that we can experience more seminars of this calibre in the future.”

By Robin K.

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Thank you for your time 🙂