On Saturday the 2nd of March the branch’s ordinary practice session was cancelled, instead members had the opportunity to participate in the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation district “Mellan” (Svenska Budo & kampsportsförbundets distrikt Mellan) common “try-out-practice-day” that was held the same day as their annual general meeting.
The practice was held in Sundsta idrottshus and had Aikido, Aikijo as well as Shorinji Kempo on the program.
The Aikido session was held by Dirk Handzic from Arvika Aikido Dojo Iwama Ryu, then there was a short break for lunch. The afternoon had Aikijo, which is practice with Jo stick according to the principles of Aikido. This session was held by Lasse Andersson, from Torsby Aikidoklubb, who has been practising Aikido since the middle of the 1960s and is 6 dan.
The last session of the day was Shorinji Kempo and it was held by our branch’s shibu-chō, Anders Pettersson (unfortunately no pictures from that part of the day). Everyone was pleased with the practice during the day in addition to training also included a lot of questions about each other’s ways to do different techniques.
The day ended with the district’s annual general meeting, held at the Hotel Scandic Klarälven. At the AGM, our own Pelle Svensson was re-elected a board member and Christer Enfors was also elected to the Board. Anders Pettersson was re-elected as auditor. After the meeting, there was a dinner and a lot of talk about martial arts in general.