Sensei Kolesnikov holds regular Aikido Summer Schools. This year, the Summer School was held in Vancouver, Canada in August 2010, where Jake Birkett, 2nd Dan, one of Sensei's students originally from the Bridport club, has set up a local Aikido club.
Back Left to Right: Local Vancouver students Steve, Gina, Michelle and Graham.
Front Left to Right: Andrew (visiting from UK), Sensei Kolesnikov and Jake (local Sensei)
The School started with a grading for all the local students pictured, reflecting a lot of hard work put in over the months. Gradings were very good and all students passed to Yellow Belt.
As well as practising Aikido, we did some sightseeing and hikes in and around Vancouver.
Group enjoying a hike in Vancouver
Sensei Kolesnikov on top of Whistler Mountain Peak
A cable car (Gondola) took us to Whistler Mountain Peak, and between the mountain peaks.
Very conveniently, there is a Tea House at the top.
Harmony Express (very fitting!)
Whistler Mountain Peak