Tuesday nights start with a new class, Icho ryu jujutsu at 6:15. This class is open to all members of the dojo and will focus on jujutsu waza (techniques). Appropriate for all levels, this class will work on ukemi (falls) and the basic techniques of Icho ryu with an emphasis on the kuzushi, tsukuri, kake model. At 7:30 we transition to Icho ryu aiki-budo. This class requires instructor permission to attend.
Thursday nights will also offer Icho ryu jujutsu at 6:15 followed by Budo Tanren at 7:30. Budo Tanren (martial forging) combines martial qi gong exercises and serves primarily as a Sangenkai study group. Both classes are open to all members and are suitable for any skill level. There will no longer be a Shinto ryu Iai-battojutsu class on Thursday nights.
Saturday morning is all Shinto ryu Iai-battojutsu, our sword class. Beginning at 8 AM and running to 10 provides more time to explore this rich and interesting art. Classes are open to all members of the dojo and are suitable for all skill levels.
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
It took awhile, but we’re finally launching SSA 3.0. Fortunately good things are happening in the dojo at a much faster pacethan 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:
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.
Shortened the mat frame and installed hardwood flooring in the front of the dojo. Looks nicer and easier to clean!
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.
Kids summer camp at the ocean. Quite an experience for kids, teachers and parents. There are stories. And pictures. Remember that kids…
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.
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.
Chris’ blog is a great read. He is a professional translator and has trained in Japanese martial arts since 1981. He has actively been researching internal power and aiki which has lead him to retranslate many works within the context of these concepts. Some of these translations are published on his blog.
You might recognize some of the names mentioned in the article and the reference material. Yup, that’s our Bernie Lau, founder of Icho Ryu. Seattle School of Aikido is home to Icho Ryu hombu dojo, lead by Chief Instructor Neil Yamamoto.
Bernie trained with Koichi Tohei and became the first haole to train in aikido in Hawaii. His shodan and nidan certificates were awarded in Japan and signed by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. Bernie played a significant part in Stanley Pranin’s research which conclusively showed that Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu was the parent art of Aikido, a fact long downplayed by the Aikikai. Bernie’s budo is ever changing and developing, sometimes by practical necessity, other times shaped by life events.
Meyer Goo was one of Bernie’s training partners and has had a pretty storied martial arts career himself. I’m told by friends that even at age 90, he’s a force to be reckoned with. His comments about Dan Harden are thought provoking and provocative. Some of us have met Dan and his power and aiki are undeniable.
Goo Sensei talking to Dan – “Thank you, I never thought that I would feel Ueshiba Sensei’s power again. What you are doing is very important.”
I am considering a new beginners series starting on April 2, 2013. This would be a 3 month session to help build a student’s ability to learn as well as build physical conditioning for success in martial arts. Whether we do this class or not is going to be based on the level of responses I receive. This series will be taught by not only myself but by senior students in Icho Ryu.
Class time would be 6:15 to 7:30 on Tuesdays and the option for other classes on Thursday and Saturday will be at the discrestion of the Thursday Budo Tanren and Saturday Icho Ryu class teachers.
If you are interested in participation, Please contact me via the contact links on the “About Icho Ryu” page and please tell me why you are interested.
Once again proof people are weird. Enough requests for a beginners series over the last few months and to support the aikido beginners series here at SSA, we once again offer an introductory class.
Beginners series class starts at 6:15 and runs to 7:30. For those interested in being weird, the beginners series is designed to give a taste of what is needed to learn martial arts. This is a 3 month course and consists of:
Basic skills in ukemi, which I like to translate as “learning to fall down and getting back up”
Basic etiquette, also known as “how to keep from getting someone mad at you in a dojo”
Introduction to a basic techniques.
The goal of this class is to progress the student to senior classes or to simply provide a glimpse of what Icho Ryu considers to be basics needed for growth and success in budo training.
Icho Ryu will begin an introductory course to Icho Ryu on May 1st. This 2 month course is intended to introduce students to the basic skills and physical conditioning needed for martial arts. Classes will be every Tuesday for 2 months, class time is 6:15-7:30. Students who are interested in Icho Ryu must attend this class and demonstrate they have developed an understanding of the skills taught to the instructor’s satisfaction prior to requesting permission to attend senior classes.
Membership in Seattle School of Aikido is required Cost of this series is $120.00 for the 2 month session.
Students may repeat the course if they want further instruction in the methods we teach in Icho Ryu, or simply enjoy the exercise.
You may read more about the goals of the series by reading Chris Moses’ blog at the link below.
After consulting with more members of the dojo, it’s come to the conclusion that is is better to hold off on starting Wednesday night classes to coincide with the start of the next beginners series. Sorry for the short notice. I hope everyone understands the decision and we hope to have members of Aikido, Icho ryu, and new students taking part. So, speaking for all of us in Icho Ryu, we hope to see old and new faces on the mat.