The Museum of East Asian Art – Judo Exhibit ‘Field trip’ report.

Hello everyone, Adam here with another ‘field trip‘ report.

On Monday we shared on Facebook and Twitter about an exhibit at The Museum of East Asian Art in Bath. As I have the week off from work for half term, I decided to visit myself, which I did yesterday (Wednesday 27th October.)

Now for once I’m not sure what to actually say because…. there wasn’t really that much to see. The exhibit itself was just one room, and the photo below shows maybe 40% of it.

Image copyright Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, UK.

What they do have was interesting to look at, with my favourite thing being a letter from Sarah Mayer to Gunji Koizumi during her visit to Japan. It was interesting to read because it shows how she felt about Judo, her own doubts at her ability and her perspectives on the Japanese way of life.

But I can’t escape from from the simple fact that there just wasn’t a lot to see in the museum as a whole. I don’t want to disparage the museum. It’s clean and well presented, but I spent probably a total of 40 minutes at the museum, 20 minutes in the exhibit and the other 20 looking around the rest of the museum. And I saw everything.

What might be the most disappointing thing is finding out later on how much is in the larger collection. According to the University of Bath archives, the Richard Bowen Collection has over 2000 items in it! To quote the Museum of East Asian Art website:

“This exhibition features material from the most significant judo archival collection in the UK, which is now housed at the University of Bath. The collection was assembled by Richard Bowen (1926-2005), who represented Great Britain at the first World Judo Championships in Japan. The valuable photographs, rare books, old posters and other important documents illustrate the history of judo in the UK as well as provide fascinating insights into Anglo-Japanese relations, the role of gender in sport and the popularity of judo around the world.”

Unfortunately it appears that aside from what is on show at the Museum of East Asian Art, the rest of the collection is in the University of Bath archives and not available to the public. Which is a shame, because it looks like quite a lot more could have been shown diving more into the history of Judo in the UK.

In conclusion? I would say if you’re in the area (the Royal Crescent is nearby) and have an hour to kill, go for it. Otherwise, don’t go to Bath exclusively for this exhibit. To be honest, after I left the museum I spent the rest of the day just walking around the city of Bath being a tourist, and had a better time for it.

Links
The Museum of East Asian Art website – https://meaa.org.uk/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MEAABATH
Twitter – @TheMEAA

Waiting list update

As the deadline for past students has now passed, we now have a small number of spaces available for the children’s class.

As such, we have begun reaching out to people on the waiting list. Please check your inbox / spam folder for an email from dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com. The subject line will read “Dragon Spirit Ju-Jitsu – Place Available“.

We are giving everyone we have emailed (or will email) 1 week to reply. If we have not heard from you in a week, we will assume you do not want the place and offer to the next people on the list.
If you have not yet received an email from us, then you may soon!

Final reminder!

Since we reopened back in July, we have reached out to everyone we had on register as of March 2020, to find out who is interested in returning and who is not.

This has been due to our children’s class using a waiting list, so we need to know who is planning on returning and who is not in order to start offering places to people on the waiting list.

So far about 70% have responded and many of those have been training with us over the summer! Others have responded to let us know they plan on returning after the summer holidays. This leaves us with a minority who either haven’t responded at all, or have not officially signed up again by filling out a membership form.

To be clear,

  • Everyone who was on register when we closed in March 2020 has not lost their place. So far we have only taken off people who have explicitly told us they aren’t planning on returning.
  • The waiting only applies to the children’s class, and there are spaces in the adults class. We would still appreciate it if students from that class could also respond if they have not done so already.

The deadline for responses is now just under a couple weeks away. If we have not heard from you by Friday 17th September 2021, we will assume you do not wish to return, and we will start offering places to those on the waiting list. Should you wish to rejoin after this point, you will be put onto the waiting list.

We would be very grateful if those students remaining could clarify whether or not they intend to return to training. You can message either Julia or Adam directly, or contact us via the website.

You can also download a copy of the membership form (below) and email it to us using our dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com address.

Click to download – WJJF-Membership-Form-26.02.2021.pdf (419 kb)

News Updates – August 2021

Hello all! Just a couple of quick notices.

Opening times and start times
We have noticed that students for the children’s class have been arriving at or after 7pm. When they arrive they not ready to start meaning the lesson may not actually begin until 7:10. While this may only be a few minutes, we only have a hour for class time and we would like to make every minute count.

We would like to remind parents that we open at 6:45pm, so that students have a chance to get ready before the class starts at 7pm. You don’t need to be here at 6:45, but we would like all students to be ready to start at 7pm.

Re-joining Deadline
Last week we asked all students to confirm whether or not they intended to return to training. On the whole, the majority of you have responded.

What we forgot to mention was the deadline. If we have not heard from you by Friday 17th September 2021, we will assume you do not wish to return and you will lose your place. Should you wish to rejoin after this point, you will be put onto the waiting list.

Just to be clear, everyone who was on register when we closed in March 2020 has not lost their place. We have only taken off people who have told us they don’t want return.

We would be very grateful if those students could clarify whether or not they intend to return to training, either now or later in September. You can message either Julia or Adam directly, or contact us via the website.

First week back!

It was a quiet start, but we’ve finally had our first week back!

We knew it was going to be a quiet start as we have reached out to all the students (or their parents) we had on register as of March 2020, and some of those who responded told us they would be taking the opportunity to go on holiday. On the whole, the majority of you have responded.

There are however, a minority of students who have not responded yet. We would be very grateful if those students could clarify whether or not they intend to return to training, either now or later in September. You can message either Julia or Adam directly, or contact us via the website.

As a reminder, we are planning on being open over the summer holidays this year, so you don’t need to wait until September if you don’t want to!
The opening times are the same as they were before; Doors open around 18:45 with the childrens class starting at 19:00 and the adults class starting at 20:00!