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Happy Holidays to All...

Wow, what a year!  For me, the winter holiday season is a time of reflection...a time to review the year and say "wow, what just happened?"  

Our year in review includes many items...some banal, some transcendant.  Our heater broke, our window got tagged, and our roof leaked.  We also replaced our mat, had some wonderful guest instructors, developed this amazing new website, and had an amazing first demonstration at the Seattle Center Winterfest.

Wine World Warehouse

Wine World WarehouseIf you want to see the Northwest's largest wine shop, go visit World Wine Warehouse.  23,000 square feet of bright, open space with a great view on sunny days.  Good selection (you can stock a lot of wine in that place!), cool amenities and great service.  I-5 and 45th.

Say hello to Lenny Rede, the guy in the cool suit who is the operations manager, aikidoka and occasional Icho Ryu mat pounder. 

Resistance in training

I just spent the weekend training with Howard Popkin, formerly of the Daito Ryu Ropppokai.   Howard would demonstrate waza, from a grab and then tell people to grab at about forty percent of full strength so that each person gets to experience the waza actually working. 

Physical Metaphors

I have a feeling that I was not the only person who has stirred and stewed on some negative interaction to the point of violent imaginings.  Especially as a kid, yikes. 

Go Live tasks

12/8/10

Reset cron job.

Update available modules.

Register site with Google.

Register site with Bing.

Register site with Yahoo.

Register and install Google Analytics.

Update block settings to display blocks on home page.

Add base url to settings file.

Set compression setting on server.

Update Drupal performance options.

Updated Board contact forms.

CkEditor exclusions for messages.

Turn off read counters.

12/9/10

Glitch and To Do List

Here's a running list of the things I'm working on...you can add to the list via the comments.

Pass or Fail

When the opportunity to be graded arises, "belt tests", I question the idea of a pass fail system. A controversial idea. Instructors  typically believe it would be a healthy way to conduct a test. It is getting less common that a student would be asked to test and be failed. Testing is a part of martial arts and students should be prepared to accept a pass/fail grade system. Why is it so controversial then?

Lets train

I'm not sure how students decide to schedule in their training day. For adults perhaps it's solely based on work schedules and family events. For those of you that are able, I invite you to train with any and all sensei offering their time. I hope the excitement of training with new teachers and students brings out the best in us. Everyone certainly has something to offer so please come and contribute what you can.

See you on the mat

New stuff

I'm looking forward to 2011 and enjoying a motorcycle and a 1 year old labrador retriever. I hope it turns out to be a great year.

Matti Joensuu, 6 dan from Austria tonight!

Sensei Joensuu will be teaching at SSA tonight, Thursday September 9!  We hope to see all of you!

Class starts promptly at 6:30.  Please arrive early so that you can be on the mat and warmed up by that time.

See you there!

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