The dojo will be reopening for regular practice on Saturday, January 4th. We are very fortunate that Leslie Cohen Sensei has accepted our invitation to conduct the first class of the New Year. This is the practice that helps us focus on letting go of our attachments to the past year in order to be open to the fresh opportunities that lie ahead.
I hope that you will all be able to attend either for all, or part, of the Bridge Seminar (Friendship Seminar) at Jiai Aikido in San Diego. Not only will you be supporting your sensei who is an invited guest, but you will also benefit from experiencing teachers and practicing with students from other schools of Aikido. Please go to their website to see a further breakdown of attendance fees. If there is anyone who would like to attend but is held back by financial concerns, please speak to me.
Congratulations to all of you who have been promoted recently to San Dan:
- Tammy Kohn, Melbourne, Australia (October 2014)
- Tim Reynolds (October 2014)
And in the New Year's Promotions, also to San Dan:
- Kevin Liu
- Mark Drake
- Jeremy Cail
- Ben Kunkel promoted to Shodan on the 21st December, 2013
Congratulations also to those who passed testing December 7, 2014:
- Cameron McKenzie 5th kyu
- J.L. Espinosa 4th kyu
- Ben Powers 4th kyu
- Bryce Walker 4th kyu
And lastly, a big thank you to all of you who have contributed to the growth of the dojo this past year. Either by teaching or by contributing to the smoother running of its organization. I think that this coming year will see further development on all fronts!
Wishing you all peace, hope, love and joy in the New Year,