In keeping with the goals of preventing and delaying the spread of the pandemic disease covid19 to the vulnerable members of our community, the Seattle School of Aikido will be closed through the end of March.
Our board and instructors will re-evaluate the situation by April 1st, and will let you know when it is safe to resume training.
I would encourage all students and members (of all ages) to practice solo exercises, bokken and jo, and ukemi while at home during this time.
For more general information about why social distancing is important to delay this pandemic to preserve our healthcare resources, i direct you to this link:
Well it has been almost a month since my Yondan grading exam on 1/12/2020, and I finally have the time to process my thoughts and post a pic of me and my Sensei, Jan Nevelius Shihan at my home dojo, the Seattle School of Aikido.
I started my Aikido journey in February 1995 in Albany, New York, with Rick Wolslayer of Nihon Goshin Aikido. I also had the pleasure of training with Steve Sadowski and Irv Faust during my time in Albany. There was no internet, no youtube, no facebook, and no social media. You had to just show up at a dojo and check it out for yourself
I moved to Seattle in June 1997, and began training at my current home, the Seattle School of Aikido, with a wonderful variety of Aikido teachers from various lineages. Eric Oberg,Jan Keller, Robby Pellett, Allan Kaplan, David Kaplan, Jain Rutherford, and others were my teachers and mentors for many years. I received my Shodan from them in 2002. (Over time, our dojo community has become smaller with the retirements of my teachers, and I have been Chief Instructor of Aikido at Seattle School since 2015).
With the support of Glenn A Leichman, I had the opportunity to connect my Aikido lineage with Hombu Dojo via Seishiro Endo Shihan, and received my Aikikai Shodan from him in Seattle in 2008, and my Nidan from him in 2012.
I met Jan Nevelius during his various workshops in Seattle, he was co-teaching at times with Frank Ostoff. My Seattle Aikido buddy, Rupert Berk, had been encouraging me for years to come with him to Sweden to study more intensely at the Lillsved Aikido camp outside of Stockholm.
In 2013 I finally was able to go, and it was then that my formal relationship with Nevelius Shihan began. I have been going every summer since then to visit my “extended Aikido family”, and it has changed my practice immeasurably.
In 2015, I received my Sandan from Nevelius Sensei at Vanadis Aikido in Stockholm in front of my international Aikido community. And that brings me to last month, taking my Yondan exam in front of my friends and family in Seattle. There are no more tests in our lineage, any future promotions are done based on my contributions to Aikido as determined by my teacher.
A short but long story, with really too many people to name and thank individually, but without the support of my wife of 21+years, Catherine L Peng, much of this would not be possible.
It seems like my journey has ended, and yet I feel like it has only now begun. Thanks to all of my teachers, training partners, and students. I am looking forward to another rich 25 years of Aikido training and practice.
Hey everyone, I have come down with some sort of stomach bug and thus there will be no kids classes tonight. As well there will be no class Saturday the 23rd and no class on Tuesday the 26th. Regular schedule resumes next Thursday.
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.