Read what our students and parents have to say about their experience of training with us.
Regrettably, Emily has had to resign her membership of Myra's Thursday Ryusui-Ryu group at the Angel Centre. She has greatly enjoyed her time there and loved working with Myra, who is a wonderful teacher!
Mrs Herriott-Sadler Parent, Tonbridge Angel Centre Club
After about a 10 year break from training, I contacted Sensei Waters with a view to training again. I'm pleased to say that not only was he more happy for me to make a return but he generously allowed me to retain my previous grade, after some assessment, naturally. One of the things that I have noticed about the style of Ryusui-Ryu is the lack of ego that is present within the class, from either the instructors or the other students.They are very welcoming and accepting of all abilities, regardless of background. The fact that it is non-competitive means there is no pressure to progress which allows you to advance at your own pace. I suffer with a condition that affects my balance and image stabilisation so the focus generated within certain aspects of training allow me to test and improve this.The calm and simplicity of Ryusui-Ryu harmonises my other interests, which include Cross fit & Yoga, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their general wellness.
Neil Coughtrey, Tonbridge Angel Centre Club
I joined Ryusui-Ryu in Sept 14 on the recommendation of a friend. Paul is my instructor and I have found him to be both very helpful and patient in his teaching. He is always encouraging us to progress and improve our skills. I Knew very little about Aikido before joining but would recommend both Aikido and the club to anyone interested in learning a martial art.
Harry, Jubilee Centre club
My sons (aged 10 & 7) always enjoy attending the Angel Centre sessions with Myra. They love the fact that it's fun, and yet they can achieve something as well, in working towards their belts, learning discipline, keeping fit and (when necessary) throwing dad onto the floor (in a safe manner...).
Mrs Walker Parent, Tonbridge Angel Centre Club
I joined the East Grinstead club in 2014 and found it to be very friendly and welcoming. I chose the club because I was keen on trying a style that was non-competitive. The blend of aikido and karate is very complimentary. Neil is an excellent instructor and the classes have the right balance of traditional formality and relaxed training that make them very enjoyable. I particularly enjoy the technical aspects of aikido and that it doesn’t rely on strength. I have noticed improvements in my fitness and enjoy the mental challenge of improving and learning new techniques.
Suzy Callaway, Jubilee Centre Club
Aikido as taught in this club ticks all the boxes for me. It offers a continual challenge irrespective of one's current level of achievement, and provides scope for continual self-improvement and confidence boosting through personal achievement. It is good for building up one's physical fitness and stamina, as well as developing one's mental awareness and response.
Ingvar Svenson, Felbridge Club
Your teachings are really, really beautiful and inspiring. There is so much humbleness and yet wisdom in them and I think I can speak for the two of us when saying that we were truly honoured to spend time and learn even if it was only for a little while.
Janis McDonald Tonbridge Angel Centre Club
Thank you David. Teo has really enjoyed his time with you and may return in the future.
Violette (Mother of Teo Wear)
I have recently come back to training after a break. I would just like to say I have trained in different arts over the years but Neil really is a great teacher. His patience and challenge to the student is excellent, In the short time I have been back we have covered a great deal and the club members really make the training enjoyable. Paul who teaches the younger students has also been really helpful and I would recommend both of them highly for anyone considering joining the club no matter what the age.
Mark Floyd, Felbridge Club
"I have been pleasantly surprised at just how effective the Online Dojo sessions have been and how much Sensei has been able to observe and correct. You never know which student he is watching at any one time which focuses the mind! My basics appear to have improved a lot. This improvement is now feeding through nicely into the more advanced techniques".
"Classes during social distancing, although different, have remained interesting and enjoyable, thanks in no small measure to the inventive ways that my Sensei has found to make the classes fun as well as thought-provoking.
How on earth can you teach and practice locks and throws by yourself via video? Sensei knows how. A revelation!"
Mike Lewis, Felbridge Club
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