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I asked students across all disciplines what drew them to their chosen martial arts. Some cited the mental and physical challenge, others the buzz of participating and how the training helped in everyday life. Martial arts are an ideal way to release stress in a controlled environment. Self-defence and competition are secondary benefi ts here; the philosophy is geared towards self-mastery and this is not the place to fi nd macho posturing or personal grandiosity. While competitiveness is not the goal at MSMAS, the students have notched up some spectacular wins at national and international levels. Trophies are discreetly placed at one end of the Dojo with characteristic understatement.


MSMAS would welcome corporate sponsorship to extend its impressive record of invaluable help to the community; anyone who prejudges the behaviour of young people should take a look round the Dojo on a regular training evening. Belonging, pride, self-motivation, achievement, discipline, respect…. these words came to me as I met youngsters eager to learn and absorb lessons from an


Guy Wakeford and Catherine Payne practice Kendo.


ancient culture that holds increasing relevance for our own challenging times. This Dojo, founded in a small corner of Sussex is a unique place to learn traditional, necessary values while fi nding a place in the world outside. ■


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