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