Dojo News

Dojo News for October

October 1, 2016
Our seminar with Jobe Groot Sensei approaches fast.  It will be on Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, 23. You will have a rich opportunity to experience the teaching of a more recent member of our Birankai community from Canada. I have trained with him and was greatly impressed by his approach to aikido. You will also be pleased to hear that Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant will be catering our dinner once again.  I hope you will all be able to stay and enjoy it.
In order to open up a little more time to prepare for our 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION in November, the date has been changed from Saturday the 12th to SATURDAY the 19th.  It will be a one day event with a big evening party!  You have all contributed to the building of our dojo and I want to celebrate it with you!  I hope that you can ALL come.  Watch out for further developments!

Dojo News for September

September 19, 2016

This coming Saturday, September 24, from 2 - 6 pm, we will be holding a CPR course at the dojo. The cost is $45 per person but could be less if we have more participants.  We have sufficient people to support it but can still accommodate a few more. We are now opening it up to friends and families. So if you know someone who would be interested in certifying for the first time or re-certifying, please let us know by the middle of the week.

Dojo News for August

August 1, 2016
Congratulations again to our three members who tested on Saturday, July 30th:  Noam for 5th kyu, Mara and Dimitri for 4th kyu.  All passed with distinction.  We will be saying ‘au revoir’ to Dimitri who will be leaving this month to attend university in Switzerland.  He will be making every effort to keep his aikido going and we wish him all the very best and look forward to his future visits. Also congratulations to the three junior members who also gave outstanding tests. Avery and Will passed their Orange belt tests and Niko passed her Blue belt test. Well done!
On Friday, July 30, the SoCal Kyudo Renmei group will be giving a demonstration at the Mingei Museum, Balboa Park, on August 12 at 5:00 pm as part of the Museum’s year long focus on the everyday arts of Japan.  Please talk to Jeremy if you want more details.
The dojo demonstration at the Mingei will be taking place at 5 pm on Friday, August 19. We are fortunate to have the use of some easily transportable gymnastic mats.  The logistics of the event are being thought through now and details will be shared soon.  There will be many ways to participate so please put the date on your calendar.  I hope to see many of you there.
We are still hoping to hold a CPR/Advanced Life Saving 4 hour class to be arranged to take place at the dojo.  So far we have 7 people signed up and need 10 to make it happen.  The cost per person would be $45, less if more sign up.  If you have friends or family members who would be interested, they would the welcome.
I would like to draw your attention to the Dojo Guidelines that are handed out to every new member.  A copy of these will be posted on the bulletin board at the dojo to refresh your memories. Please respect the following dojo etiquette between classes.  If there is a 15 minute period between classes, the first class bows out and has 5 minutes to vacate the mat.  Students for the following class can enter during that time, take 5 minutes to be quietly social then 5 minutes to prepare mentally for the class, lining up 1 minute before the bell goes. Every effort should be made to be on the mat at least 5 minutes before class begins.  A seated bow at the edge of the mat acknowledges your entrance into that mind set. If you arrive late, and the mat is not crowded, step on to the mat and make a seated bow to the kamiza, then wait to be acknowledged by the sensei.  If the mat is crowded, for example at a seminar, sit on the carpeted area.  Once seen, bow to the sensei and enter the class.  If the sensei does not notice you, call out ‘o-negei-shimas(u)’ The same respect should be given to any class going on while watching it from the side.  Conversation should be kept to a minimum.
Upcoming events:
  • Sunday, August 7 - Master class for yudansha
  • August 19 - 5 pm, Aikido demo and poetry reading by Hiromi Ito at the Mingei Museum, Balboa Park
  • August 28-30 - Aikido of Kohala 20th Anniversary Seminar with Senseis:  Apodaca, Champion, Crane and Kristina and Rikko Varjan
  • September 9-11 - Instructors’ Intensive, House in the Woods Retreat Center, WI
  • October 1 - Kyu testing
  • October 22-23 - NCA hosting seminar with Jobe Groot Sensei from Mountain Coast Aikikai, Vancouver
  • November 12 - NCA 25th Anniversary celebration!
  • December 11-12 - Seminar at San Diego Aikikai with Juba Nour Sensei
  • April 29-30, 2016 - NCA hosting SoCal Regional Seminar with guest instructor Frank Apodaca Sensei
  • September 14-17 - Women only seminar at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM