Board meeting 12/5 at 8PM!

The next board meeting for Seattle School of Aikido is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th at 8PM at the dojo. As a non-profit dojo, board meetings are open to all members (including our awesome parents!). We will be looking at our finances in particular at this meeting and evaluating a likely dues increase to begin in 2018. Feel free to join us for Budo Tanren/Icho ryu from 6-8PM before the meeting if you’d like to get a workout in beforehand.

Dojo closed Friday through Sunday, October 13-15

As a reminder, the dojo will be closed starting Friday 2:30pm through Sunday 2:30pm. Apologies for all that are inconvenienced, our mats are being used at the Jan Nevelius Shihan seminar at Seattle Central College Friday through Sunday. Classes will resume as usual on Monday. Thank you for your cooperation and support. – John

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.