From Huddersfield Road in the centre of Mirfield turn at the traffic lights onto Station Road towards the railway station. Pass under the railway bridge and turn immediately right. Follow Back station Road along the side of the railway and turn left into The Ledgard Bridge Mills flat complex car park. The Budokai is in the brick building on the left as you enter the car park. Please park to the rear of the car park in an un-numbered parking place.
Age 12 back in 1976. Started doing karate in Huddersfield because I was bullied at school! I stayed with this club for about 4 years until it closed then bobbed about for a bit doing a few other arts including Judo, Tai Chi and Kung Fu with a couple of years at another Karate club. Found our club around 1982 joining with a few friends whilst still doing Karate but enjoyed the atmosphere and decided to give up the Karate in favour of the Aikido. Been here ever since!
What is your role at Mirfield Martial Arts Club?
I have taken several classes over the years, doing the Thursday nights for many years until I handed them over to the current instructors while I did my Hypnotherapy training. I was also Chairman for a few years before Steve took over. I now do the Sunday class and I am currently in charge of boosting morale!
What advice would you have for new starters, or people wanting to start training?
Enjoy the learning curve. Don’t rush through the gradings just come for the experience and treat the Aikido as a bonus. You will learn more that way.
How would you say learning aikido helps you on a daily basis?
It boosts confidence. I have seen many beginners particularly the young ones develop skills you would not normally associate with a Martial Art such as presentation skills and public speaking allowing them to grow as a person. It is very rewarding.
What interests do you have outside aikido?
I like my Hypnotherapy. I also play and build ukuleles but these are developing skills!
After training in and teaching aikido, what is your most memorable moment so far?
Far too many to mention. The week courses are a highlight of the year but the people are what make our club special.
A great turn out at the Mirfield Annual Course with 35 on the mat on Sunday. Michael Rowley, senior instructor commented “35 on the mat today, one of the busiest for several years. Brilliant atmosphere, good company and a lot of great training. Food good last night too!”
The Annual Course is held over two days, this year on the 30th to 31st July and draws Martial Artists from all over the UK including Cambridge, Tamworth, Scunthorpe and Wales. Students get a chance to train with different Aikido instructors as well as try other martial arts such as Judo, Ju Jitsu and Karate.
Thanks to all the instructors, especially Guest instructors. Thanks to Paul Wood and Charmaine Thompson for organising the schedule and thanks to Tokushima Budo Council International for their support. A special thanks to local legends Maughan’s Homebake for providing lunches to some very hungry students.
Please note that concession prices are available to members over 18 that are unemployed or over 65 yrs old only. Therefore any member who attends a senior class will be eligible to pay the full adult fee unless they qualify as a concession. Implemented from 1st April 2016.
It may benefit some members to use the monthly standing order.
Seniors classes £4.00 per session
(£20.00 per month by standing order, offers unlimited training)
Junior classes £3.50 per session
(£10.00 per month by standing order, offers unlimited training)
As you will have no doubt seen in the news, Mirfield and Ledgard Bridge Mill was one of the places affected by the flooding on Boxing Day 2016.
We managed to get to the club in the morning on Boxing Day and lifted the mats onto tables out of the way. Luckily, although the water reached the doorway of the club, we narrowly avoided being flooded. As there was due to be a second rain storm and the car park being a mud bath, the instructors decided to cancel the classes over Christmas.
The mats have now been put back down and classes are continuing as normal.
To see the full extent of the flooding, check out this drone footage from Steve Benson of Project Mirfield You can see Ledgard Bridge Mill and the dojo at 1:50.
Also, below are a few photos I took during and after the flooding.
MMAC are proud to support Mirfield Show for another year and what a fantastic day for attendance and atmosphere. Really great to see so many people out enjoying the events and the weather – well except for when the heavens opened at 4pm. Well done to the organisers and all who helped make it the highlight of the Mirfield calendar. This year we are raising money for the Mayor’s Charity in aid of Diabetes UK. Look closely and you can see the Mayor of Kirklees brandishing a wooden sword – not something you see every day.
40 students over two days, the Annual Summer Course is the highlight of Mirfield Martial Arts Club’s calendar. It’s a chance for our members and guests to try out other styles and train with some of the country’s highest ranking instructors. This year was no exception with instruction in Aikido, Judo, jujitsu, and Karate. The course is run not-for-profit to ensure as many members as possible can attend. A spokesman for the club noted, “This year’s line-up of instructors was excellent and the students really enjoyed the broad range of styles and teaching. The atmosphere over the two days was a pleasure to see.” Thanks to organisers Paul Wood and Charmaine Thompson for organising the schedule and thanks to Tokushima Budo Council International for their support. A special thanks to local legends Maughan’s Homebake for providing lunches to some very hungry students.
Club members Dave and Heidi Etherington held a Samurai Shiatsu class on day two of the annual summer course. The class offered a range of Japanese themed activities for juniors with the aim of promoting well-being and self-confidence. The class was open to all children, not just those who are members of the club, with the aim of engaging the young in sport and getting them interacting with the wider community. Special Thanks to Binks Developments for use of their facilities.
During a two day painting and cleaning marathon, twenty volunteers from Mirfield Martial Arts Club gave up a sunny weekend in order to get the dojo ready for the Annual Summer Course which is only a few days away. Rather than rolling on the mat, students and instructors rolled up their sleeves and set to work putting fresh paint on the walls an windows. “You don’t realise how much the place needed a good paint until you see it finished,” said club chairman, Steve Moore. “With instructors and students coming from all over the country to teach and train, its important the dojo looks it’s best.”