Dojo News

Dojo News for May

May 1, 2017
The energy generated from Frank Apodaca Sensei’s seminar was impressive!  I think that everyone enjoyed it immensely and it was a pleasure to see so many people from out of town.  Thank you all for your many contributions that helped make this a success. 
 
Onward now to Summer Camp and a reminder that EARLY REGISTRATION FOR CAMP EXPIRES on May 21st, this coming Sunday.  If anyone has any questions about attending Summer Camp please speak to Sara.  She will be sending out further information shortly.  Please look out for it.
 
As of this week, there will be a slight change in our teaching schedule.  The Wednesday evening Fundamentals Class will now be a mixed rank class open to all, with emphasis on fundamental principles something we never stop needing to be reminded of.  Hakamas can be worn.
 
I am very happy to say that Norm Wight Sensei will be visiting our dojo again at the beginning of June.

Dojo News for April

April 1, 2017

We are already well into April and I will be off to Japan in a couple of days, Wednesday, April 12th.  I hope to take you along with me on this adventure through the dojo Facebook page and intend to take lots of photos. I am being trained to use Facebook before I leave!!  I expect the dojo will run very smoothly while I am gone.
 
This is a busy month, but our main focus will be on preparing to host the regional seminar, May 5, 6, 7, with Frank Apodaca Shihan.  We need everyone’s participation to make this seminar a success and enjoyable for all.   Please stand ready to volunteer when the sign-up sheet is posted and ready to roll up your sleeves when we do our pre-seminar dojo cleaning. (Date and time TBT)
 
  • April 14 - Yudansha meeting follow-up, facilitated by Kevin Liu at 7:15 pm. Regular Free Practice cancelled.. 
  • April 14-16 - Sesshin with Genjo Marinello Osho at San Diego Aikikai
  • April 21-23 - Instructors Intensive, Brockville, Florida
  • May  5, 6, 7 - NCA hosting our regional seminar with Frank Apodaca Jr. Shihan.  
  • July 26-31 - Birankai NA Summer Camp at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • Sept. 7-10 - Birankai Women’s Aikido Camp, Santa Fe, NM

Dojo News for March

March 6, 2017
We have just been most fortunate to have Didier Boyet, Shihan teach at our dojo this week.  I know that everyone enjoyed his teaching.  He gave something to each one of you.  Please hold on to it and continue to work on it!
 
Following are the seminars to watch out for this year.  If you are traveling and want to see what seminars are happening in Birankai dojos around the country please check in to the Birankai.org website.
 
  • Feb 24-26: Seminar at Aikido Daiwa with Didier Boyet Shihan, Hombu Dojo. 
  • Apr 14-16: Spring Sesshin with Genjo Marinello Osho at San Diego Aikikai.
  • Apr 21-23: Instructors Intensive, Brooksville, FL.
  • Apr 29: NCA Testing
  • May 6-7: So Cal Regional Seminar at North County Aikikai with Frank Apodaca Sensei, Deep River Aikikai.
  • Jul 26-31: Birankai North America Summer Camp at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.
  • Sep 7-10: Biankai Women’s Aikido Camp, Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Dojo News for February

February 1, 2017
 
We are looking ahead to a busy year. This coming month Didier Boyet Shihan will once again be at Daiwa. February 24 - 26. I encourage everyone to attend if possible. It is a seminar that is open to all students. Carpooling will be arranged from the dojo. Following the seminar, Didier will spend a few days in San Diego and has graciously offered to teach some classes at our dojo. Details will be announced closer to the time.
 
I’d like to draw your attention to the following seminar schedule for 2017 to date:
 
  • February 24-26: Seminar at Aikido Daiwa with Didier Boyet Shihan, Hombu Dojo
  • April 21-23: Instructors Intensive, Brooksville, FL. Registration for the Intensive will open on January 15
  • May 6-7: So Cal Regional Seminar at North County Aikikai with Frank Apodaca Shihan, Deep River Aikikai
  • July 26-31: Birankai North America Summer Camp at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • September 7-10: Women’s Aikido Camp, Santa Fe, NM
Thank you all for your congratulations on my promotion.  I feel both honored and privileged and will continue to work to be worthy of your trust.
 
- Sensei
 

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