Website 3.0!

It took awhile, but we’re finally launching SSA 3.0.  Fortunately good things are happening in the dojo at a much faster pace than 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:

Subfloor installation
Glue, screw, seal

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.

 

Geoff installing hardwood floor
Want this stuff in my place…

Shortened the mat frame and installed hardwood flooring in the front of the dojo. Looks nicer and easier to clean!

 

Robert breaking window
Love the sound of breaking glass!

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.

 

Buried in the sand
No secrets buried here…

Kids summer camp at the ocean.  Quite an experience for kids, teachers and parents.  There are stories.  And pictures.  Remember that kids…

 

Kenta Shimizu seminar
Thank you Kenta Sensei!

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.

 

Jeremy with nunchaku
Jeremy! No nunchucks!

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.

Happy training!

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.

Thanks Robby!

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.

Schedule update

No Class Mothers day May 8th 

9:am – 10:20am

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.

Thanks All,

Alan