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.

Thanks Robby!

Robby PellettThanks to Robby Pellett for teaching the Monday night aikido class.  For those who had a chance to train with Robby, you got a unique glimpse into the teachings of one of the aikido giants - Minoru Mochizuki.  Mochizuki was a direct student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate.

Robby trained with Mochizuki sensei for 6 years and you can see some distinct differences between Yoseikan Aikido and the Aikikai Aikido generally taught in this area.

If you didn’t get a chance to train with Robby or would like another opportunity to experience Yoseikan Aikido, stay tuned for our Thursday night special instructor series.

New Adult Aikido Beginners Series starts Monday, May 7!

Frits Habermann, 4th dan, will be teaching these classes on Monday and Wednesday nights, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm.

Frits will have just returned from an extensive 5 day training session with Christian Tissier, 7th dan from Paris, France.  You can bet that he'll have some fresh experiences with one of the premiere aikido teachers to share.

See you all there!

No *Adult* Aikido class Wednesday, May 2nd

The Wednesday night teachers are taking a well-deserved night off in preparation for Frits Habermann's first official class as a member of SSA on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 pm.

A big thanks to the Icho Ryu guys - Geoff Ng, Mike Sato, Fritz Belford and Steve Sakahara - who filled in on Wednesday nights. Although each brought his own unique teaching style, they were united in encouraging individuals to get a little better every class and to learn how to become a better student.

Welcome Frits!  And we'll see everyone at his Monday and Wednesday night classes!

Thank you!

A big thank you to one of our students who made a generous donation to the dojo that was matched by the Microsoft Corporation.

A number of businesses in our area participate in corporate matching programs to nonprofit organizations like SSA.  If you’re considering making a donation to SSA, a quick inquiry to your human resources department will let you know if your company has a matching fund program.

Student dues are our main source of income to cover our ongoing expenses like rent, utilities, insurance and property taxes.  All of our other services are provided by volunteers who generously donate their time and skills to teach, maintain the facilities, serve on the board, provide financial services or support our online presence.  In addition, we have several projects in various planning stages to update the dojo.  These projects will take time and money, and any support from the community is welcome!

Congratulations John Peng!

John Peng

Congratulations to John Peng, SSA's Board President, who was awarded the rank of nidan (2nd degree black belt) this weekend.

On Saturday, April 14, John tested in front of Seishiro Endo Shihan, 8th Dan, Hombu Dojo, Japan at the Health Center at Seattle Community College. In a sweltering hot room, John demonstrated his ability to handle the testing stress of concentrated attacks by single and multiple attackers over an extended period of time.

Earning the rank of nidan in any martial art is a significant achievement. It represents years of physical, mental and emotional training. 

Well done, well earned.

SSA Shinto Ryu Demo

Chris Moses - cut from seizaChris Moses performing a rising cut from seiza.  

This is a frame cut from a video taken during the SSA Demo Day.

The link takes you directly to the cut sequence, but you can view the entire Shinto Ryu demonstration.

Special Misogi Practice Friday April 27th at 6:30pm

Please join us on April 27 at 6:15pm for a special misogi practice honoring O'Sensei's death day.

A potluck will follow our practice.*

Practitioners of all ages are welcome and encouraged to join us!

*Peanut-free, please!

Icho Ryu Introductory Series May 1st 2012

Icho Ryu will begin an introductory course to Icho Ryu on May 1st.  This 2 month course is intended to introduce students to the basic skills and physical conditioning needed for martial arts.  Classes will be every Tuesday for 2 months, class time is 6:15-7:30.  Students who are interested in Icho Ryu must attend this class and demonstrate they have developed an understanding of the skills taught to the instructor's satisfaction prior to requesting permission to attend senior classes.

Welcome to Frits Habermann, 4th Dan Aikikai, as Seattle School of Aikido's new Chief Instructor of Adult Aikido!

It is with great pleasure that I introduce and welcome Frits to our community.  Habermann Sensei considers Christian Tissier, Jan Nevelius, and Frank Ostoff to be strong influences in his current Aikido practice, which emphasizes deep connection between Tori and Uke.

I've enjoyed training on rare occasions with Frits through the past few years, and am very pleased that he is able to be a big part of our community.  I'm excited to begin training with him regularly!

Special Class with Frits Habermann, 4th Dan Aikikai, Monday March 5, 2012, 6pm-715pm


sorry for the late notice, but please join us for a special night of training on this monday night as we host frits habermann, 4th dan, to teach a class for us.
frits has been teaching and training in the seattle aikido community for over 20 years.
cost for seattle school of aikido dojo members is free, and non-members will only be asked for our standard mat fee of $15.
tell your friends, all levels welcome, hope to see you on the mat!
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