A number of our instructors will be attending a continuing education seminar this weekend. See you at regular classes next week!
Unfortunately, our Kids/Teens Summer Camp pre-enrollment didn’t reach the minimum number of campers required, so we’re cancelling it for this summer.
A reminder that our board meeting starts at 8:15 pm tonight, Tuesday, August 8.
Waza and body skill warm up starts at 7:00 before discussion of our administrative agenda. 😁
Kids/teens classes are on for tomorrow, Tuesday 8/8. Weather’s cooled off a bit, but bring those water bottles. See you on the mat!
We are cancelling all Saturday classes due to the smoke related health advisory. No Shinto Ryu, Budo Tanren or kids/teens classes.
Stay cool and be healthy. See you next week!
Evan Bucy, Chief Kids/Teens Instructor, is offering a 5-day Budo skills summer intensive. Participants will learn practical strategies to foresee, assess, and protect themselves before situations develop. Daily activities include ukemi, waza, aiki body exercises, lots of group and partner work, and community building. Introduction to weapons training – wooden staff, wooden sword, and wooden fan techniques and kata – teach focus, sustained concentration, confidence, and centering, all aspects that augment total Aikido body skills. Students may expect to have serious fun.
The camp runs August 21 – 25, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. Cost is $300.
Basic requirements: SSA students who are 8 years and up + yellow belt and up. Other SSA and non-SSA students by permission – ask Evan directly.
Save the date! Evan’s offering a weapons day camp: Mon 8/21 – Fri 8/25, 9am-3pm, $300/student. Staff technique in the mornings & sword in the afternoons. Who: SSA students who are 8yo & up + yellow belt & up. Other SSA students by permission – ask Evan directly. Great intensive for teens to build on their kata from past summer camps.
Kids/teens: No classes from Saturday July 1 through Saturday July 8. Have fun outside & hopefully get some camping in!
For more information and to register: https://aikidoseattle.org/events/nevelius-2017
On Wednesday, October 11, Nevelius Shihan will teach at Seattle School of Aikido. Contact John Peng for more information.
It took awhile, but we’re finally launching SSA 3.0. Fortunately good things are happening in the dojo at a much faster pace than the webmaster works.
It’s been awhile since we all caught up so here’s a quick rundown of notable things that happened this past year:
Installed a new subfloor! Sure the place looked pretty much like it did before we started, but there’s a big difference taking falls on the new floating floor. Training is safer and healthier for all participants.
Shortened the mat frame and installed hardwood flooring in the front of the dojo. Looks nicer and easier to clean!
Put in a big, noisy fan that pulls lots of air into the dojo. Getting some fresh air into the space is always helpful and makes for much more comfortable training on the warm days.
Kids summer camp at the ocean. Quite an experience for kids, teachers and parents. There are stories. And pictures. Remember that kids…
Kenta Shimizu, Tendo Ryu dojo cho traveled from Japan to teach a seminar at SSA. It was a unique experience to train with a teacher of exceptional caliber.
Budo Tanren debuted. In this class we teach how to develop a martial body that cultivates stability, power and efficient movement. These are the basis for developing aiki skills.
And there are more exciting things to come!
Good things happen at SSA because of the leadership of our board and the significant volunteer efforts of our teachers, students and their family members. Every effort to help is very much appreciated.