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.

Aikido Test Requirements

Due to popular demand, I've reformatted and uploaded all current adult aikido test requirements into a Word Document that is attached for easy viewing and uploading.  It was originally an excel file imported into word, so there may be some odd formatting so i could fit it onto 2 pages, but the content is all there.

Study hard and train softly!

- John

End of 2012 Note from your SSA Board President

Dear Dojo Community,

In no particular order, as our year comes to a close, I've been thinking about how the 4 aspects of our martial arts dojo and community have subtly changed over the past year.

Our Aikido lineage has now been formally (and finally!) connected to Aikido Hombu dojo via Jan Nevelius Sensei, 6th Dan Aikikai, through Frits Habermann, 4th Dan Aikikai, and now to me (gulp), John Peng, 2nd Dan Aikikai.  I think we've passed the nadir of our student attrition and are back on the rise with a strong core of dedicated up and coming students whom I have the pleasure of training with twice weekly now.

Our Children's Aikido program continues to flourish under the guidance and eternal patience of Helmut Floss, 4th Dan Aikikai.  We would not be where we are today without him, literally and figuratively.  We are all very thankful for his presence and participation in our community.

Shinto Ryu Iai-Battojutsu USA has now been formally assigned to Chris Moses as Chief Instructor, having the mantle passed from Robby Pellett.  Jeremy Hulley has also been promoted by Robby to Renshi in the art.  We are all very grateful for Robby Pellett's leadership and influence for the many years he has been a member of Seattle School of Aikido, and will miss him dearly as he starts his new life outside of Seattle.

Icho Ryu Aikibudo continues to be the martial enigma that it is supposed to be, and Neil Yamamoto's influence in our community and culture is also greatly appreciated.

As a reminder to all, our Instructors and Board members all volunteer their time and energy to preserving our training space.  It truly is a labor of love for us to help manage the nuts and bolts of running this non-profit corporation.  There are NO paid positions at Seattle School; we are truly a Co-Op of dedicated people trying to preserve our community.

Rent and utilities don't get paid by themselves, so thank you all for your timely dues payments.  And although I hate to ask, our finances dictate that I should.  So let me just say that donations are always welcome at any and all times.  The extra inflow of funds allows us to provide scholarships for those students with financial hardship, and to make capital improvements for our training space.

So If any of you have any leftover money that is planned for your favorite charity but not yet spent, consider making our dojo your favorite charity!  Click the paypal button to the left or write a check to the dojo, and I'll make sure you get a letter for your tax write-off (dues payments unfortunately can't be donated).

And last, but not least, I wanted to extend many heartfelt thanks to all the parents, partners, spouses, friends, and other supporters who allow us to train and grow in our art(s), and ultimately, ourselves.


Peace and good health to you all this Holiday Season, and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Domo Arigato Gozaimashita,

- John Peng

Board President

Seattle School of Aikido


Save the Date! Saturday 12/1, 2-4pm, Aikido testing and All-Dojo meeting and potluck to follow

Save the date, Saturday December 1st, will be adult aikido belt testing and an all-dojo meeting and potluck to follow.

We'll start after all the of the kids classes are done, and will test from 2-3pm, with potluck/meeting from 3-4pm.

Please bring something to share, but keep in mind we are a peanut free dojo.

Families and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Hope to see you all there!

- John Peng
Board President
Seattle School of Aikido

No Evening Classes on Wednesday 10/31/12

Due to Halloween, there will be no kids' aikido class at 515pm or adult aikido class at 630pm on this Wednesday night, 10/31/12.

Have a safe night of trick-or-treating!

Special Class with Frits Habermann, 4th Dan, Saturday 9/29, 4pm-5pm, Weapons takeaways

Please join us for a special weapons takeaway class with Frits Habermann, 4th Dan, this Saturday, 9/29/12, 4pm-5pm.

Weapons will be provided, all levels of adults (or children who attend adult classes) are welcome. 

Free to dojo members; $15 guest/mat fee for visitors.

Hope to see you on the mat!


No Budo Tanren or Shinto Ryu classes tonight

Please note, no Budo Tanren or Shinto Ryu class tonight (9/20/12). Enjoy the night off!

Aikido Beginners Series starts October 1, 2012

We will be starting a new beginners series on October 1, 2012. Classes are Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30PM to 7:45PM.

Cost of the series is $100, $75 for students with student ID card.

The series is a 2 month course to help the new student ease into aikido training in a comfortable setting with other new students and progress to further training.

Seattle School of Aikido is host to 3 schools of martial arts - Aikido, Shinto Ryu, and Icho Ryu. The Aikido program is under the guidance of Frits Haberman, 4dan, as our Chief Instructor of Aikido. 

Questions? Please contact us at info [at] SeattleSchoolofAikido [dot] org or through our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/seattleschoolofaikido.org

Icho Ryu 3 month Beginners Series October 2, 2012

Once again proof people are weird. Enough requests for a beginners series over the last few months and to support the aikido beginners series here at SSA, we once again offer an introductory class.

Beginners series class starts at 6:15 and runs to 7:30. For those interested in being weird, the beginners series is designed to give a taste of what is needed to learn martial arts. This is a 3 month course and consists of: 

  • Conditioning exercises
  • Basic skills in ukemi, which I like to translate as "learning to fall down and getting back up"
  • Basic etiquette, also known as "how to keep from getting someone mad at you in a dojo"
  • Introduction to a basic techniques.
The goal of this class is to progress the student to senior classes or to simply provide a glimpse of what Icho Ryu considers to be basics needed for growth and success in budo training. 

You can find out more by visiting the Icho Ryu page, email me or leave me a message on our Facebook page.

Labor Day - no aikido classes

There will be no Aikido classes on Monday, Labor Day.  See you next week!

Shinto Ryu testing

Shinto Ryu Iai Battojutsu will be having testing on Saturday morning starting around 7:30 am.  If you are available  feel free come by, watch and support.

Thank you

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