I am very much of the conviction that it is beneficial to anyone who wants to study aikido seriously to learn from as many other traditions and ‘schools’ of aikido as possible. Sadly, some aikido clubs are very ‘insular’ and do not encourage practice with people from other clubs. At the Hartland Club we welcome everyone, no matter what your previous experience and no matter which ‘school’ of aikido you may have studied with. Put simply: if you are happy to practise with us, we are happy to practise with you.
I am grateful to Sensei Mark Allcock of the Wellsprings Aikido Club for his similarly open and welcoming attitude. It has been a great joy to study at this series of weapons workshops. Here is a souvenir of yesterday – in this picture, I am 3rd from left at the back, Dermot Hogan (also from the Hartland Club) is 4th from left at back, Sensei McGlone is next to Dermot, Sensei Small is on the extreme right at the back, Sensei Allcock is kneeling directly in front of Sensei McGlone.