Summer School 2005

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Summer School 2004 in France

Saturday 30th July to Friday 5th August


Bridport Aikido Club would like to invite you to the Bridport Summer School 2005 held by our principal Sensei Kolesnikov (6th Dan). The Summer School will take place from Saturday 30th July until Friday 5th August.

We hope that many members from the different clubs around Britain, and even the Ukraine, will come to help make this a great course. Everyone is welcome, whether they are an Aikido practitioner or not.

The teachers of each club will be given an information pack including accommodation details, maps, popular sights and things to do. Exact dates of any tourist events in the area will not be confirmed until April-time when the local tourist board publishes them. If you would like information sooner than this then please check out on the Internet.

If you are interested in attending the summer school then please give Andrew or Jake your name, club and contact details (see below).

We also require a £10 deposit ASAP.

The Dojo

The training will take place in the sports hall of a local school on a large matted area. It is within 20 minutes walking distance from the centre of Bridport but there is plenty of parking available if you want to drive. It also has full changing, showering and toilet facilities.


The first training session will be on Sunday morning, and the last training day will be Friday August 5th. There will be 18 hours of general practice, and an extra 4 hours of high grades practice, over the course of the week. The training is for adults only.

Training Times
afternoon / evening
10am – 1pm (3 hrs)
10am – 12pm (2 hrs)
5pm – 7pm (2 hrs)
10am – 12pm (2 hrs)
7pm – 9pm (High Grades)
10am – 1pm (3 hrs)
10am – 12pm (2 hrs)
7pm – 9pm (High Grades)
10am –12pm (2 hrs)
3pm – 5pm (2 hrs)

There will also be three additional 1 hour children’s lessons, on Monday 4-5pm, Thursday 6-7pm & Friday (in with the adults) 3-4pm.

Training Fees

The training fees will be £64 for the general practice only, and £84 for both general and high-grade. This includes rental of the dojo for the week.

Summer School Schedule

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10 29th 30th 31st 1st August 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
    Aikido Aikido Aikido Aikido Aikido Aikido
1   Abbotsbury Gardens, St. Catherine's chapel and picnic lunch Lunch at Thai Restaurant Lunch Country picnic
2   Quick lunch Bridport Market Trip to Monkey World
  Trip to the supermarket Walk on Eggardon Hill (ancient fort)
  Beach and evening BBQ or meal at the house. Day Off             (or small coastal walk and going to beach) Aikido
The Old Rectory is available from 4pm. Aikido Children's
5 Lesson
6   Meal and pub crawl
Aikido Children's
7   Lesson
Aikido High Grades Aikido High Grades
8 Pub dinner and skittles
Salsa? (at club or in manor) Salsa?

How to get to the Dojo

Training will take place at the Sir John Colfox School on the outskirts of Bridport. Please see the map below for directions. The school has shower and changing facilities, and there are plenty of parking spaces available.

From the Old Rectory go straight out of the gates, past the grass triangle on your left. Take the first right turn, and head along this road until you get to a T-junction. Turn left, and follow this road into Bridport. Go straight over both mini-roundabouts. You will now be entering the centre of Bridport. You will come to a set of traffic lights at the town’s centre. Go straight over (left hand lane), then…

From the centre of Bridport, head east along East Street and continue until you get to a roundabout (Texaco). Take the first exit (North), and continue straight along this road for just over a mile until you get to a sign for a roundabout. Turn left immediately before the sign into Colfox school.

If you reach the roundabout then you have gone too far! Turn around and take the first right into the school.

At Colfox school , carry straight on through until you reach the car park. The dojo is the large sports hall on the right hand side of the school. Go in through the glass doors and turn right to get to the changing rooms.

Map of Bridport with Dojo & Old Rectory

Accommodation at the Old Rectory (Manor House)

If you are booked into the Old Rectory then it is available from 4pm Friday 29th July until 10am Friday 5th August. Please note that you will need to be packed and out of the Old Rectory by the first training session on Friday!

We would recommend that you change and shower at the dojo since the Old Rectory is at maximum capacity.

Getting to the Old Rectory

From the centre of Bridport head west along West Street, and carry on straight over two mini-roundabouts. Keep going along this road and you will soon get to a 40 mile per hour limit. Not far past this take a right turn (signposted Symondsbury) just before a white house on your right hand side. Go straight down this road until you reach a T-junction. Turn left, and you will see the entrance to the Old Rectory directly in front of you, about 100 yards away.

Other accommodation

As well as the Old Rectory, Bridport has quite a number of hotels, inns, guesthouses, campsites, B&Bs, and self-catering cottages. See the information pack and the Internet for details.


Bridport (pop. Approx. 10,000) is located in West Dorset, about a mile from the sea, and has something for everyone including:

  • It is surrounded by beautiful, peaceful countryside, with many hills and walks.
  • (Nearly always) great summer weather.
  • Wednesday and Saturday Street Markets.
  • The “Jurassic” Coast.
  • A nearby sandy beach and cliffs.
  • West Bay with loads of seaside attractions.
  • Nearby ancient hill forts.
  • A strong arts influence, with an arts centre.
  • Lots of other family attractions nearby including:
    • Loads of lovely Historic Homes and Gardens
    • Monkey world
    • Dinosaur, egyptian and teddy bear museums (+ more)
    • Bridport museum
    • The Amazing Dorset Maize Maze
  • Golden Cap.
  • A fully equiped, modern Sports Centre with Swimming Pool.
  • Café’s, Restaurants, loads of Pubs and a Night Club.
  • Cream Teas.
  • Real ales and red cider.
  • Skateboarding park.
  • A local brewery.
  • Dorchester, Yeovil, Weymouth, and Exeter are close by for cinemas and shopping.
  • Near the White Horse and the Cerne Abbas Giant.
  • Karting.
  • Paintball.
  • (Second) Home of PJ Harvey, Martine Cloones, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
  • Hair and beauty salons.


For more information please contact either:

Andrew MacGillivray, on:

  • Tel: 01308 458 242 (Daytime)
  • Mob: 07740 682 275 (After working hours)
  • Email:


Sensei Jake Birkett, on:

  • Tel: 01308 458 561 (Home)
  • Tel: 01308 458 242 (Work)