We are off to Folkestone for a weekend of aikido tomorrow. It is my first aikido trip away for over a year and I am very excited about it.

These kind of trips are very helpful. They let you get an intense, compact exposure to training, which often results in a quantitative improvement in your technique. Also, it allows you to see other people and other styles, which allows you to see different viewpoints on what you know and this also helps to improve your understanding of aikido.

Finally, I think it is really important for the club to do these trips as it improves club cohesion and motivation for all.

Good luck to everyone who is going and I hope we have a great time.