We are all back from Summer Camp and the consensus seems to be that it was a particularly good one! Our special thanks go to Jan, Julian and Joanne who put in a tremendous amount of work and time prior to camp to ensure that it ran smoothly. Our teachers this year were a core group from Birankai which included two of our shihan, Senseis Kristina Varjan and Dennis Belt and three shidoin, plus Jenny Flower Sensei who came over from Greece. There was lively training and opportunities to practice with students throughout Birankai. For those who were interested, there were additional conditioning and low impact classes. To add to the experience, the food was varied and surprisingly good (!) and everyone got to enjoy a couple of evenings to socialize and party. It has been confirmed that Summer Camp will be held again at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for the next two years Starting with the 2018 Summer Camp scheduled to start July 20th.
I would like to mention that many meetings take place during the Camp: the Senior Council, the Teacher’s Council, the Examination committee and of course Birankai’s Board of Directors, a couple of whom spent 20+ hours in meetings overall! We are all part of a dedicated group steering this ship that is Birankai and looking out for the welfare of all our members, from our youngest students to their teachers and their dojos.
My thanks also to Norm Wight Sensei and our other teachers who kept the dojo going while such a large group of us were gone.
Dates to look out for:
- Saturday, September 16 - Testing. If you have any questions about whether or not you should test, please speak to me or one of our teachers. There will be opportunities for preparation and free practice organized in advance of the test.
- Thursday, September 7-10 - Women’s Friendship Seminar, Santa Fe, NM. I believe there are still a few more spaces to fill if you are interested.
- October 13-15 - NCA will be hosting a seminar with Alex Peterson Sensei. Once again, RC will be coordinating this event so please give him your support.
Please make sure that you consciously hydrate well before classes during this hot weather. It is necessary to drink water in advance of class and not wait until you are dehydrated to do so. It is too late!
Here we are in July, and Summer Camp approaching fast, July 26 through July 31. I am very pleased to see that our dojo has the second largest group of students attending camp this year of all the Birankai dojos. This being said, we will not be left with sufficient teachers to cover all our classes at home so we will have a revised and reduced schedule for this time period as follows:
- The Dojo will remain open during summer camp with the exception that the advanced class on Wednesday (July 26th) is canceled.
- Please note that the dojo will be closed for Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4th.
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.