Our Aikido program seeks to create a culture of respect and friendliness while maintaining a seriousness of training.  Students, under the guidance of instructors and senior students, learn from one another though training together.  In addition to training, we all contribute to the health of the dojo through sharing our time and effort according to our abilities, which may include teaching, website upkeep, marketing, and simple dojo maintenance.  Based on a collective model, we find that through training and sharing our time together, our lives are enhanced.  This is our vision of our community here at Seattle School of Aikido. 

We invite you to come visit the dojo and personally share our vision and training.

Subfloor Project - Day 1

Subfloor removalIt was a good first day of the project. The old subfloor was dismantled and the concrete cleaned and sealed. Prepped the OSB and plywood. Sanded and stained the mat frame.

Thanks to everyone who showed up today to help. Seriously, you guys and gals took on the dirtiest job and rocked it!

Subfloor Project - dojo is closed April 8, 9 & 10

We have one week left to enjoy the 25+ year old subfloor with broken plywood soft spots, cracked wood supports and powdered foam blocks! Starting Friday, April 8, we're going to rip out the old floor and build a new sprung floor. The dojo will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8-10.

We're still light on Friday volunteers. If cleaning under a decades old subfloor is your thing, we've got a gig for you. We'll even personalize your own N95 dust mask!

Some of you have expressed a desire to donate to the project. Thank you! You can write a check to the dojo or use Paypal from the home page on our website. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so your donations are tax deductible.

Things we need - a couple of shop vacs, some paint rollers, trays and extension poles.

Students and Instructors - please remove all your personal items like gis and weapons by Monday night. We'll need the room to stage supplies and materials and move all the dojo furniture into the dressing rooms before we start the rip and tear. Things will get dirty. 

The schedule? We have a detailed project plan. Some martial arts folks told me that a fight plan is brilliant until you get hit the first time. Please check the website for updates, particularly if you have volunteered for a late shift.

Happy New Year!

It's been a really busy time at SSA with a lot of behind the scenes work by the board members and other volunteers. We hope our efforts will lead to a very exciting 2016!

Here are a few of the highlights coming up:

  • Nat McCully sensei will teach a Tendoryu Aikido class on Friday nights starting at 6:30 pm. Nat has trained extensively in Japan and is the only instructor in the US licensed to teach Tendoryu Aikido.
  • Sifu Bob Iden will teach a Tai Chi class on Wednesday nights starting at 8:00 pm. Bob has studied with Grandmaster William C C. Chen for over 25 years.
  • Kids Summer Camp in July!
  • New subfloor installation project in April.

We'll post more later. In the meantime, thanks for all of your support!

no class this sunday, july 5th.

enjoy your weekend!

- john

no morning adult aikido class on Easter Sunday, 4/5/15

sorry for the late notice, but due to Easter Sunday, there will be no class on 4/5/15 at 930am.

- john

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.

Dojo Blessing and Special Training

On Saturday March 21st beginning at 12:30, we will have a special training and re-blessing of our refreshed and reinvigorated space! Our own Robby Pellett will be performing the ceremony and we will have special training offerings from as many of our instructors as time will allow. Please join us for the all ages training event!

Sunday Adult Aikido AM class time will be changing to 930am-11am

This new time works better for most folks.

There will be no class on Sunday am 2/15.

The new class time will go into effect as of 2/22.

See you at 930am!

- John

Jan Nevelius in Helsinki 2015 video

Adult Aikido Beginner's Series starts Monday Feb 2, 630pm

Come join us for a 2 month introduction to aikido.  Classes are Monday and Wednesday nights, 630-745pm.

No experience needed, come wearing comfortable exercise clothes (long pants recommended) and experience aikido first hand.

Improve your balance, decrease your tension in response to stress, begin to understand the nature of conflict, and see how by changing ourselves, we can perhaps change our partner.

Cost is $100 for the 2 month series, come a little early on the first day (Mon Feb 2) to enroll.

Hope to see you on the mat!

- John Peng, 2nd Dan Aikikai

Chief Instructor, Adult Aikido

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