Dojo News

Dojo News for April

April 2, 2016
April is almost here and promises to be a busy month for the dojo.
  • April 2nd - On the first Saturday of the month, April 2nd, there will be tests for both our junior and adult students.  Much preparation goes into these tests and I hope to see many of you on the mat to support them. Testing starts at 9:00 am for juniors and 10:15 am for adults.
  • Sunday, April 24th @ 11 am - O’Sensei’s memorial day is on April 26th.  As this falls on a Tuesday this year, we will honor his memory by holding another 1,000 cut suburi practice on the preceding Sunday, April 24th, starting at 11 am.  Those of you who have participated before know how intimidating 1,000 suburi sounds, but how exhilarating one feels to complete them.  Start preparing now with a daily practice that builds up to the 1,000 cuts!
  • Friday, April 29th through Sunday May 1st - Genjo Marinello Osho will be leading a sesshin at San Diego Aikikai.  If you haven’t attended a sesshin before and are curious about sitting meditation please join us on Thursday evenings at 6:15 for zazen.


Dojo News for January

January 11, 2016
Once again I am wishing us all good health and fruitful accomplishments in the New Year.  I want to thank you all for your thoughtful and delightful gifts for my birthday.  I was unaware of the existence of the photograph that you had framed of me presenting a gift to the Doshu, probably in 1988, with Chiba Sensei looking on in the background.  I was very touched to see it and recall the moment.   I am also very much looking forward to the Seventeen Samurai, Taiko drummers performance in March. January was off to a good start with the 1,000 strike suburi challenge.  It was a powerful and exhilarating experience with 13 students cutting and counting in unison. 
  • Saturday, January 30th, Didier Boyet Shihan will be visiting the dojo and will teach the 10:15 and noon time class.  Both classes will be open to all students.  He will be at San Diego Aikikai the following morning.  Details to be announced.
  • The following weekend, February 6 and 7, Boyet Sensei will be the guest instructor at our SoCal Regional Seminar to be held in LA at Daiwa. Car pooling will be arranged for our dojo.
  • I am very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a seminar the weekend of March 5 and 6, with Kristina Varjan and Cindy Bluhm Senseis. Please watch for further details.  We will have three visitors coming in from Hawaii and two of them will need lodging.  If any of you would be able to put them up please let me know.
  • April 26 O-Sensei’s memorial.  Special class to be announced.
  • Friday April 29 through Sunday, May 1, San Diego Aikikai will be hosting a sesshin with Genjo Marinello Osho.  For those of you who haven’t experienced zazen sitting meditation and would like to, you are welcome to sit with us on Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00.


- Crane Sensei