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Big 3 for 2002
June 8th and 9th, 2002
by Chris Metcalfe

Last weekend, the Big Three Aikido Course took place at Waveney Sports Centre, hosted by Broadland aikido Club.

From left to right- William Smith, Haydn Foster, Tom Moss, Osama O'Bata and Htun Han.

The course celebrated Frank Burlingham 4th Danís 30th year in aikido and featured 5 of the top aikido teachers in Britain and North America. The teachers were Haydn Foster 7th Dan, William Smith 6th Dan, Tom Moss 5th Dan as well as Osama O'Bata 6th Dan from Toronto and Htun Han 3rd Dan, who no longer practices but was the original teacher who started Aikido in this area over 30 years ago. At the conclusion of the course, it was announced that a special award was to be presented. Tom Moss was awarded his 6th Dan from Haydn Foster, Bill Smith and Ken Cottier. Haydn Foster commented that this was the first time anything like this has happened in the UK to his knowledge. The course attracted 140 + on both days and students traveled from all over the UK, one even arriving from Singapore to train.

Mr. Trevor Ellis 1st Dan, formally a resident of Lowestoft who now lives and works in Singapore returned specially for this exciting Weekend course.

by Chris Metcalfe

Thank you Chris for your friendship and wonderful coverage of a great annual event and bringing this to us!!!

Permission to publish article and picture by Chris Metcalfe.


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© 1978 C. Matrasko

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