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.
Thanks to Robby Pellett for teaching the Monday night aikido class. For those who had a chance to train with Robby, you got a unique glimpse into the teachings of one of the aikido giants – Minoru Mochizuki. Mochizuki was a direct student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate.
Robby trained with Mochizuki sensei for 6 years and you can see some distinct differences between Yoseikan Aikido and the Aikikai Aikido generally taught in this area.
If you didn’t get a chance to train with Robby or would like another opportunity to experience Yoseikan Aikido, stay tuned for our Thursday night special instructor series.
This August I will be busy running Monday evening classes at Shift movement and healing arts and I’ll need Sundays to prep for that. I have been enjoying Sunday mornings and will continue to teach class thru July. I hope to continue to see the attendance grow and I look forward to Aikido every week.