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.

Help us get the painter to the top of the ladder!

SSA is making much-needed improvements to the dojo, and we need your help!

In the coming weeks, the dojo interior will be painted and the bathroom floor replaced.

Please support our beautification efforts by making a tax-deductible donation.

Thanks to the generosity of two of our members, donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $1250!

You can make your donation by clicking on the Paypal donate button on this site, or by placing a check in the dues box, with “donation” written on the item line.

All amounts, no matter how small or large are deeply appreciated.

Thank you for your support of our dojo community.

All Dojo Meeting and Movie Matinee and Potluck…Saturday 5/18/13, 2-4pm at the Dojo

we’ll have a short meeting, then we’ll be playing kung fu panda 2 at the dojo via the miracle of modern projectors.

bring something to share for the potluck, please keep items peanut free, and stay for the movie.

kids and families are especially invited.

hope to see you all there!

– john

Going-Away Party for Alex on Sunday the 23rd at 6pm

As many of you have heard, I will be moving to San Francisco for a new job in less than a week, and that means I won’t be training at the dojo or teaching kids classes here anymore! 🙁

This Sunday at 6pm, we’ll have a sort of going-away party so I can say goodbye to you all and you can see me one more time before I take off. Kids, parents, other dojo members and teachers are all invited.

If you want to bring something, you can bring cookies or other treats to share (no peanuts or peanut butter though!), and I will be providing free piggyback rides to all under the age of ten and doing my best to make sure that the kids burn off the excess sugar from said treats. No serious Aikido training will occur during this event!

If you just want to stop by, that would be great, and if you want to stay longer and play and talk, I’d say we could keep this going for an hour or so. Though I’m not sure how long I can keep up the piggyback rides.

I will miss you all very much, and it would be very nice to see you one more time before I go. If you can’t make it, well, I’m sure I’ll be back to visit sometime. 🙂

I hope to see you there!


End of 2012 Note from your SSA Board President

Dear Dojo Community,

In no particular order, as our year comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about how the 4 aspects of our martial arts dojo and community have subtly changed over the past year.

Our Aikido lineage has now been formally (and finally!) connected to Aikido Hombu dojo via Jan Nevelius Sensei, 6th Dan Aikikai, through Frits Habermann, 4th Dan Aikikai, and now to me (gulp), John Peng, 2nd Dan Aikikai.  I think we’ve passed the nadir of our student attrition and are back on the rise with a strong core of dedicated up and coming students whom I have the pleasure of training with twice weekly now.

Our Children’s Aikido program continues to flourish under the guidance and eternal patience of Helmut Floss, 4th Dan Aikikai.  We would not be where we are today without him, literally and figuratively.  We are all very thankful for his presence and participation in our community.

Shinto Ryu Iai-Battojutsu USA has now been formally assigned to Chris Moses as Chief Instructor, having the mantle passed from Robby Pellett.  Jeremy Hulley has also been promoted by Robby to Renshi in the art.  We are all very grateful for Robby Pellett’s leadership and influence for the many years he has been a member of Seattle School of Aikido, and will miss him dearly as he starts his new life outside of Seattle.

Icho Ryu Aikibudo continues to be the martial enigma that it is supposed to be, and Neil Yamamoto’s influence in our community and culture is also greatly appreciated.

As a reminder to all, our Instructors and Board members all volunteer their time and energy to preserving our training space.  It truly is a labor of love for us to help manage the nuts and bolts of running this non-profit corporation.  There are NO paid positions at Seattle School; we are truly a Co-Op of dedicated people trying to preserve our community.

Rent and utilities don’t get paid by themselves, so thank you all for your timely dues payments.  And although I hate to ask, our finances dictate that I should.  So let me just say that donations are always welcome at any and all times.  The extra inflow of funds allows us to provide scholarships for those students with financial hardship, and to make capital improvements for our training space.

So If any of you have any leftover money that is planned for your favorite charity but not yet spent, consider making our dojo your favorite charity!  Click the paypal button to the left or write a check to the dojo, and I’ll make sure you get a letter for your tax write-off (dues payments unfortunately can’t be donated).

And last, but not least, I wanted to extend many heartfelt thanks to all the parents, partners, spouses, friends, and other supporters who allow us to train and grow in our art(s), and ultimately, ourselves.

Peace and good health to you all this Holiday Season, and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Domo Arigato Gozaimashita,

– John Peng

Board President

Seattle School of Aikido