Kicking for Cancer

Bushin Kickathon

On Thursday 17th February 2011 Bushin is holding a sponsored kickathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The event is being held in honour of Lawrence Barker, the father of Bushin’s founder and chief instructor Sensei Cailey Barker, who recently passed away from cancer. Lawrence was a true advocate of Bushin and epitomised the “martial spirit”. We are aiming to do 1000 kicks at the event and all proceeds will be donated to Macmillan. Macmillan is a registered charity that improves the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical and financial support and a push for better cancer care (for more info visit Please join us in the event or support us with donations. Any support or contribution you are willing to give will be greatly received. Thank you very much.

Sponsorship forms can be downloaded here.

You can also make donations to directly to Macmillan. Please mention “Lawrence Barker” if you do so. This can be done online at, by phone on 020 7840 4900 or by bank transfer (Natwest Bank, Account name: Macmillan Cancer Support, Account no. 27114767, Sort Code: 56-00-33).

Article & Photos

I have added a new article to the testimonials page, called “City’s Warrior”. I nice piece written with a business angle…its in Italian but a translation is provided. Please have a read…

Also, I’ve added photos from the Active Westminster Weekend to the Gallery. Some cracking shots! Thanks very much for the hard work Paul…

Akemashite Omedeto!

Akemshite Omedeto – Happy new year! As we break into 2011 I sincerely hope it is a great year for all. As I talked about in my article last year (read here, it is a time for people to celebrate kagami biraki (“opening the mirror ceremony”), a time to enter a new period of life and try to achieve a true reflection of oneself. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year, look back at those resolutions, review what you achieved and set new ones. So how did you do?

As I look at my 2010 list…I scored a pretty normal 7/11, about average for me. However, considering it was an extremely challenging year for me on a number of levels, I feel quite satisfied with my achievements. I failed a few minor ones which will get put on the 2011 list but I exceeded on two…one of which was my target for 15 bushin students (we have around 25) and one press article (we have 3). A proud achievement! My 2011 list is yet again a mix of personal, work, bushin, health and wishes. I face a few new challenges to overcome which will no doubt make it another tough year, but I always find life is what you make it. I’m starting the year with the remnants of flu and a slipped disk so things can only get better!

So how about you? What’s on your list? Remember to include specific ways to achieve your goals otherwise your chance of success will be limited. For example, if you want to achieve a certain grade in Bushin by the end of the year, think about how you are going to slot in the practise and stick to it. How many sessions do you need to attend? What skills do you need to improve? How are you going to finance it? etc. etc.

We are back at it on Tues 4th for some trademark turkey busting. Be there to start with a bang! Sore dewa gambarimasho!