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Big Three 2001
in Great Britain
by
Chris Metcalfe

On the 19th & 20th of May, The Big Three Aikido Course took place at Waveney Leisure Centre in Lowestoft. The Big Three course has been running for three years and attracts some of the most renown Aikido teachers in England, Mr. Hayden Foster 7th Dan, Mr. William Smith 6th Dan, and Mr. Thomas Moss, 5th Dan. Unfortunately Mr. Foster, was at that time suffering with a very serious 
illness so could not teach. Mr. Frank Burlingham 4th Dan stepped in to take his place. 

Mr. Moss taught aspects of the Jo, in his usual relaxed manor and demonstrated the art of Bokken taking with brilliance. 

Mr. Burlingham, instructed Kaitenage from all forms attacks proving that all defenses usually come down to katatori ai-hanmi, the technical aspects of the art are to get them into that position from any attack. 

Next, Mr. Smith, stunned the audience with his bokken and tanto work explaining how the techniques developed from these weapons. 

The event drew over 150 Aikido practitioners plus family to the town of Lowestoft. All had an enjoyable weekend. 

Anyone visiting the area from the USA and Europe would be more than welcome to practice or visit with us. 

For details phone Chris Metcalfe on +44 (01502) 539679 
See out new website @ http://www.broadlandaikido.co.uk

Many thanks to our friend Chris Metcalfe for writing this nice article and providing the great pictures! 

Also thank you to Broadland Aikido,  Hayden Foster 7th Dan,  William Smith 6th Dan, Mr. Thomas Moss, 5th Dan, Frank Burlingham 4th Dan, and the British Aikido Board (BAB). 

 *****

 

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