Thursday the 19th of March a little bit of history was made when the Kitai Aikido Academy opened its doors to the Horsham 3rd Scouts group and clubs for a night of teaching on the Japanese martial art called Aikido.
The KAA were approached by the Scouts when they had need of help getting their scouts through their martial arts badge.
Sensei the Rev David Morgan, who has been teaching Aikido since the 1970s, said: “We were more than happy to host this evening, we will support anything that helps young people grow up into strong well rounded individuals and become good and upright citizens of the future.”
The KAA meets every Thursday night at St Wilfrid’s School in Old Horsham Road, Crawley, where there is vigorous training in the art of Aikido.
Aikido was invented by the Samurai for when they found themselves weaponless and needed to defend themselves and is now the official self defence of the Japanese police force and recently made popular by Steven Seagal.
The KAA is run as a charity with free instruction in order to help support such organisations and individuals who want a good self defence system and want to build self awareness and confidence in themselves and others.
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Report contributed by David Morgan, sensei of the Aikido group at KAA.
Report and picture contributed by Samantha Wyithe.