The Ulster Project is a program designed to help reduce the tension between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. It was started in 1975. Teenagers from Ireland come to the United States to host communities, live in with hosting American families and interact with each other. The goal to foster communication and break down the old history of violence between the communities.
The church communities in Greenville support an Ulster Project group every year. This year, one of the members of our dojo is hosting two of the Irish teens at their home and is active in the project.
This led to an opportunity. One of the activities that was planned for the group was a demonstration of Aikido.
About thirty guests came, the Ulster teens, their host families, and a reporter from the local paper. Pasour Shihan served as MC. Everyone from the newest white belt had a role.
Let us have a universal spirit that loves and protects all creation and helps all things grow and develop. To unify mind and body and to become one with the universe is the ultimate purpose of my study. --The Motto of Wadokai Aikido
Before We Go Too Far With This
I am not an expert. I don't have decades of experience. If you're looking for information on techniques and someone with a vast martial arts background, the best I can say is, "Hey, I know some of them." I'm just a 7 year student that has been regularly coming to class. If you're going to start following this blog, you'll be following me on a journey.
Your comments are welcome. If you're in our area, visit our dojo. The only way to learn Aikido is to participate.