Kids Summer Camp! August 21 – 25!

Bokken and Sword

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.

Seminar registration for Jan Nevelius is now open!

Jan NeveliusEnrollment for the friendship seminar with Jan Nevelius is now open. The seminar will be held October 13-15 at Seattle Central College.

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.

Website 3.0!

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:

Subfloor installation
Glue, screw, seal

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.

 

Geoff installing hardwood floor
Want this stuff in my place…

Shortened the mat frame and installed hardwood flooring in the front of the dojo. Looks nicer and easier to clean!

 

Robert breaking window
Love the sound of breaking glass!

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.

 

Buried in the sand
No secrets buried here…

Kids summer camp at the ocean.  Quite an experience for kids, teachers and parents.  There are stories.  And pictures.  Remember that kids…

 

Kenta Shimizu seminar
Thank you Kenta Sensei!

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.

 

Jeremy with nunchaku
Jeremy! No nunchucks!

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.

Happy training!

Subfloor Project – dojo is closed April 8, 9 & 10

We have one week left to enjoy the 25+ year old subfloor with broken plywood soft spots, cracked wood supports and powdered foam blocks! Starting Friday, April 8, we’re going to rip out the old floor and build a new sprung floor. The dojo will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8-10.

We’re still light on Friday volunteers. If cleaning under a decades old subfloor is your thing, we’ve got a gig for you. We’ll even personalize your own N95 dust mask!

Some of you have expressed a desire to donate to the project. Thank you! You can write a check to the dojo or use Paypal from the home page on our website. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so your donations are tax deductible.

Things we need – a couple of shop vacs, some paint rollers, trays and extension poles.

Students and Instructors – please remove all your personal items like gis and weapons by Monday night. We’ll need the room to stage supplies and materials and move all the dojo furniture into the dressing rooms before we start the rip and tear. Things will get dirty.

The schedule? We have a detailed project plan. Some martial arts folks told me that a fight plan is brilliant until you get hit the first time. Please check the website for updates, particularly if you have volunteered for a late shift.

Happy New Year!

It’s been a really busy time at SSA with a lot of behind the scenes work by the board members and other volunteers. We hope our efforts will lead to a very exciting 2016!

Here are a few of the highlights coming up:

  • Nat McCully sensei will teach a Tendoryu Aikido class on Friday nights starting at 6:30 pm. Nat has trained extensively in Japan and is the only instructor in the US licensed to teach Tendoryu Aikido.
  • Sifu Bob Iden will teach a Tai Chi class on Wednesday nights starting at 8:00 pm. Bob has studied with Grandmaster William C C. Chen for over 25 years.
  • Kids Summer Camp in July!
  • New subfloor installation project in April.

We’ll post more later. In the meantime, thanks for all of your support!

Dojo Blessing and Special Training this Saturday, March 21, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Please come this Saturday 3/21 at 12:30, to the dojo re-blessing ceremony. There will be no regular kids/teens classes that day; instead we’ll begin at 12:30 with an all-dojo class.
Here’s the schedule:
12:30 – 1:15: open class for all dojo students, led by Helmut and Evan.
1:30 – 2:00: re-blessing ceremony with Ryuzen Robby Pellett*.
2:00: open class for all dojo students, led by adult-program instructors.
3:30: approximate end time.
Hope to see you all this weekend!
*Robby Pellett brought Shinto Ryu Iai-BattoJutsu to the Seattle School of Aikido many years ago. He is a zen priest, or ryuzen, in the line of Soto Zen Buddhism.