It’s been a fantastic year for us. The annual Aikido Student Nationals were held this year at Manchester University with over 50 students from across the country competing. Day one started well with pairs from Sheffield University getting to the finals of 4 of the 5 Embu events. By the end of the day, after 6 hours of events, the all you can eat buffet in Manchester was very much appreciated!
By the end of the second day the club had continued its 10 year winning streak with all the remaining pairs in the Embu events being awarded gold. The women’s Randoori team also took gold after a very tense final match, whilst the men’s team received silver.
As we headed home we thought the excitement was all over, but the minibus broke down at the edge of the Peaks. In the end we managed to flag down a National Express coach and arrived back in Sheffield only an hour later than expected. All in all it was a great but very tiring weekend!
Finally, well done to Natalie, Naomi, Edward and Veeresh for passing their 1st Dan grading over the course of the weekend.