Holiday Aikido Schedule

There will be NO Thursday night class tonight, December 23.  Class on Christmas Eve is also cancelled.

Friday morning’s class will be held as usual.

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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.

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

SSA Kids Class Holiday Schedule

There will be no kids classes on the following days:

  • Saturday, 12/25/2010
  • Tuesday, 12/28/2010
  • Saturday, 1/1/2011
  • Tuesday, 1/4/2011

All Wednesday classes will continue as scheduled over the holidays.

Happy Holidays to you all!

Helmut

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.

Website Maintenance

The website will be down for maintenance at various times during the day for the next week or so.  As we transition to the new website, there are a number of issues that need work at unscheduled times.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are trying to keep the down time to a minimum.

The Website Development Team

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.

You no like my new website?!!!

Just another happy night at Seattle School of Aikido.  Not sure whose bokken this was…Jeremy, Chris?  But it will make for some nice kindling on a cold winter’s night.

Ignoring the destruction wrought by some of our sword guys, note the pleasant happy face after a night of training.  That’s how it goes here — solid training, and we have a lot of fun.

So come join us!

Same www.SeattleSchoolofAikido.org, but…

Yup, it’s different isn’t it?  We’ve totally redesigned the SSA website to take advantage of new technology to better serve our dojo community.  This is the main communication portal to the dojo’s activities, so we hope to encourage everyone to participate and contribute to our online community.

So what’s new?  Everything!  We’re using a platform which is easier to maintain and can access new features as they become available.  Best part?  Everyone gets to participate!  The Board and the design team helped in the development phase with their articles and comments.

Where to start?  Just start clicking.  Once we get the new website up and stabilized, all dojo members will get an email with your user name and password.  Then you can log in and check out some of the cool members only stuff like:

  • Blogs – Weblogs for your personal thoughts.  Every member gets their own blog.  I used mine to keep the Board up to date as the website was being developed.  You’ll see examples as the community grows.
  • Comments – this is not a static website.  Add your thoughts to published articles for example.
  • Author your own stories – write and post stories.  For example, we’re hoping to preserve some of the oldtimers’ adventures before we lose them.  We KNOW some of you can write because we’ve gotten some damn funny emails from you over the years.
  • Membership list, maps, weather, RSS feeds, calendars, add pictures…lots of good stuff.
  • Explore – you can’t break it.  If you do, well you just might find your name next to the Webmaster title.
  • and there’s more coming!