June 9, 2020

Dear Dojo Members, Parents, and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that the SSA Board of Directors and I regret to inform you all that after 44 years in our space, Seattle School of Aikido will be closing our doors to our physical dojo location as of June 30, 2020.

I have been training in Aikido for the past 25 years, with the last 23 years at the same location, the Seattle School of Aikido.  I never imagined that I would ever be responsible for running the dojo, much less closing the dojo.

We have appreciated the amazing support of our members through these challenging times, but it just wasn’t enough to keep our zero-margin non-profit co-op community operational as we projected ourselves forward.  If heart and kindness would have paid our bills, we would never have needed to close.

All memberships and dues payments will be cancelled today, on June 9, 2020.  All membership dues payments that have been received for April, May, and June will be considered donations (since no goods and services were received during that time).

If there are any questions about this, please email me directly at info@seattleschoolofaikido.org.

The dojo will persist for the foreseeable future as a non-profit corporation, but as a virtual entity online only.  Our website and Facebook pages will continue to exist.  All remaining physical assets will be liquidated, all accounts settled, and the remainder will be used to manage the virtual dojo until which time in the future there may be an ability to re-open.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to our landlord, the Berkmans, who have been very understanding of our circumstances.  They did offer us some rent leniency, but even with their generosity, the COVID-19 pandemic had caused a significant and insurmountable reduction in our membership roster that simply does not allow us to continue.

I hope to train with many of you again in the future, at another place, in another time, when we can safely practice the Art of Peace without fear of contracting or spreading a potentially fatal infectious disease.


John Peng

Board President, info@seattleschoolofaikido.org

Seattle School of Aikido, www.seattleschoolofaikido.org