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Participant Comments

"In all my years, and believe me that's quite a few, I've never been stirred, excited and energised by the pure energy and vitality that was generated and flowed freely, emanating primarily from yourselves and caught infectiously by us all. What a weekend - you certainly knew how to light up my lights.

What a team you are - each of you in your own way, helping, guiding, persevering to impart your knowledge to raw beginners to finally end up with a piece of Taiko drumming that was more than satisfying to each and every one of us, in every way possible"

- Nigel Deacon, Leeds


"I have just returned to work from the life-affirming exhilaration of a residential workshop at the Dojo. I would like to thank you all for one of the most fantastic experiences I have ever had the privilege of taking part in. I have been on a perpetual high since I came back from the weekend... what it felt like to be in that room amongst some 20 odd others thundering on these immense, statuesque drums and feeling like I was standing like a rock in the epicenter of a herd of horses charging into battle."

- Anne Whitehead


"I don't have a single criticism of the whole weekend. The food was great and plentiful, the accommodation was perfect, the atmosphere was great - and above all that - I felt that I really gained something wonderful from the tuition you provided... Neil - your mature and calming influence grounded the whole thing, and you're a true professional. Miyuki - had I not heard it with my own ears, I wouldn't have believed such a small person capable of such powerful and passionate playing. Teresa - you have a natural style and grace all of your own on the drum"

- Philip McArthur


"Thank you all for a fantastic weekend workshop. I had an absolutely unique time and loved every minute of it... I'm still buzzin' from the whole event!!"

- Cheryl Baines, Middlesbrough


"Thank you so much for an incredible weekend, it was an experience I will never forget and I hope it is just the first of many Taiko memories to come. Your Dojo is amazing and you should all be very proud of what you have built, your weekend workshop was perfect, just the right balance of fun, learning and hard work, though I could have done with a bit less of the hard work thanks :) 
it was never boring, I've made a lot of new friends and my only complaint was... it ended way too soon. Despite the aches and pains i am feeling right now, i felt like they were all worth it and I could have stayed much much longer
I am looking forward to seeing you perform again in Middlesbrough this October, I will definitely be there cheering you on, and if you hear someone chanting "Don Doko" during your performance, it will be me."

- Phil Prouse, Cleveland