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.

Wonderful introductory video for Aikido

Created by our friends at NOLA Aikido in New Orleans.

http://vimeo.com/83818354

Thanks for making it,

- John

Nice exams today!

Congratulations to Dylan, Dan, Ben, and Russell for passing their 5th Kyu grading exams today.  Nice posture and clean movement with good attention to their partners' centers.  

Thanks to all of their friends and family for coming to show support for these students.  They have worked hard over the past few months, and I appreciated their efforts.

Next grading exams will be in October, we'll see who is ready for what as we get closer to that time.

- John

Save the Date! Grading Exams on Saturday May 17, 2pm-3pm, with all-dojo potluck 3-4pm

We will be having 5th kyu grading exams coming up on May 17, 2pm-3pm.  Please come and see the results of the hard work the students have put in for their first exam.

There will be an all-dojo potluck to follow the exams from 3pm-4pm, please bring something to share but we please request all items be peanut-free.

Members, friends, and family are welcome.

Thank you all for your support of our community.

- John

Adult Beginners' Series starts Monday, 4/7/14, 630pm-745pm.

Classes will be on Mon and Wed nights, 630p-745pm.

Please come early to the first class, 615pm would be ideal to get you registered and to complete paperwork.

Cost is $100 for the series, which is 2 days per week for 8 weeks, the last class will be Wed 5/28.

No uniform required, just wear comfortable exercise clothes, long pants preferred, short sleeve shirts ok.

Hope to see you on the mat!

- John Peng

Chief Instructor, Adult Aikido

 

Looking for Aiki in all the wrong places…

Read Chris Li's Aikido Sangenkai blog entry, Finding Aiki – and Aikido – in Hawaii.

Chris’ blog is a great read. He is a professional translator and has trained in Japanese martial arts since 1981. He has actively been researching internal power and aiki which has lead him to retranslate many works within the context of these concepts. Some of these translations are published on his blog.

You might recognize some of the names mentioned in the article and the reference material. Yup, that’s our Bernie Lau, founder of Icho Ryu. Seattle School of Aikido is home to Icho Ryu hombu dojo, lead by Chief Instructor Neil Yamamoto.

Bernie trained with Koichi Tohei and became the first haole to train in aikido in Hawaii. His shodan and nidan certificates were awarded in Japan and signed by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. Bernie played a significant part in Stanley Pranin’s research which conclusively showed that Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu was the parent art of Aikido, a fact long downplayed by the Aikikai. Bernie’s budo is ever changing and developing, sometimes by practical necessity, other times shaped by life events.

Meyer Goo was one of Bernie’s training partners and has had a pretty storied martial arts career himself. I’m told by friends that even at age 90, he’s a force to be reckoned with. His comments about Dan Harden are thought provoking and provocative. Some of us have met Dan and his power and aiki are undeniable.

Goo Sensei talking to Dan - “Thank you, I never thought that I would feel Ueshiba Sensei’s power again. What you are doing is very important.”

Congratulations Mike!

Mike UllmannOn February 3rd, Andy Dale awarded Mike Ullmann and Burk Dowell the rank of yondan (4th degree blackbelt) in the art of Xin Qi Shen Dojo Aikijujitsu. "Their skill and dedication to the martial arts is extremely high and sincere." Since Mike gets up early every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to teach our SSA morning class, we'd certainly have to agree!

Way to go Mike, well deserved!

Adult Aikido Class cancelled for Monday night, 2/17, 630pm, and other notes

Sorry for the late notice, but there will be no adult aikido class on Monday night, 630pm, due to the Presidents' Day Holiday.

The beginners series will resume on wednesday 630pm.

For those that have been asking, the next beginners' series is planned for April and May, stay tuned for exact dates.

The next belt grading exam date will probably be in early June, pending the readiness of test candidates.

See you all Wednesday night, and sorry for any inconvenience,

- John Peng

Board President

Chief Instructor Adult Aikido

Seattle School of Aikido

Nice job with grading exams!

Congratulations to Arland (5th Kyu), Misae (4th Kyu), and Joyce (4th Kyu) on passing their grading exams yesterday. Wonderful tests, thank you for putting in the work. And thanks to the community for coming out to observe and show support. Photos and Video will hopefully be forthcoming!

Dojo cleaning this Wednesday 10/16, 745pm

There will be a pre-grading dojo cleaning this Wednesday after adult class, 745pm. Please help us make our space extra clean (vacuuming, garbage clean up, etc) before grading this Saturday.

Thanks!
- John

Adult/Teen Beginner's Series Starts this Wed, Oct 2, 630pm-745pm

Reminder:  our Adult/Teen Aikido Beginner's Series starts this Wednesday, October 2, 630pm-745pm.  

The series will last 2 months, costs $100, and classes will be Monday and Wednesday nights 630pm-745pm.

If you have thought about trying Aikido, but felt like you didn't want to be the only one who didn't know what was going on, then this is the series for you.  Enroll for a 2-month-no-obligation-series with other beginners, and see if it's a good fit!  :)

Please arrive no later than 620pm if you are new so we can process your paperwork and get started on time.

See you Wednesday!
- John Peng
Chief Instructor
Seattle School of Aikido

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