Year end donations

If you’re so inclined as part of your year end tasks, you can donate to Seattle School of Aikido through Paypal using the button on the home page.  Checks are welcomed of course, and have the additional benefit of not being subject to processing fees so SSA gets the full value of your donation.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible.

We wish you a very Happy New Year with lots of mat time!

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.

Through it all, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to you all, our community of aikido practitioners, that continue to come back and provide the energy that helps keep us all motivated on our paths of self-awareness and self-improvement.

So, thank you all for making our dojo a place or warmth and welcoming, a place of spiritual awakening, and a place where we can all study our own versions of martial peace.

Wishing you all a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Domo arigato gozaimashita!

– John Peng

Board President

Seattle School of Aikido

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.

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.

But I’ve gotten a lot of headway on that with age, and there was a specific sort of burst that occurred through the practice of Aikido.  These violent imaginings were effected by the non-resistance, non-violent, yet effective techniques I was practicing.  The anger was being channeled through a new program, instead of attempting to destroy the other, I focused on creating connection and preserving integrity.  This stimulated more feelings that tended toward empathy and communication than feelings of sabotage and finality within me.  All the while I allowed my mind to continue in the imaginings, as opposed to resisting, and found that when I was connected, non-violent, and integrated, my violent imaginings began to shorten and decrease in intensity rapidly. The physical metaphors that Aikido has made available to me have taught me just as much as the practice and actual technique have, if not more.  I assume that life-long students must know this: this has been an ‘out-loud’ attempt at explaining my point of view, today, thanks for reading.

-Jeremy Bang

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

Add info and treasurer email boxes, set up forwarding.

Create XML sitemap and submit to search engines.

Add SpamSpan email obfuscator.

Updated Contact Us page.

12/10/10

Full site backup

Install Spam Assassin.