Dojo News

Dojo News for July

July 1, 2014

My congratulations to Cameron, Ben and Dean for passing your tests for 4th, 3rd and 2nd kyu. The quality of your tests was high and you were well prepared.  A special thank you goes to those of you who took an active part in setting up and overseeing the many free practice sessions prior to the test: Sara, Daniel and Jeremy come immediately to mind. Excuse me if I have missed anyone out.

  • The dojo will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th for the holiday weekend.  If there is a senior student who would like to organize a class on the Saturday, please feel free to do so.
  • Birankai Summer Camp is this month, July 18 through the 23rd.  The dojo will be open for practice as usual.

As you will see, we have started the work to increase storage space in the dojo.  Tim will be organizing the finishing of the project and we will be asking for all available help. He will be communicating soon about it.

- Sensei

Dojo News for June

June 1, 2014
  • Testing will be conducted Saturday, June 28.  If you are planning to test please make sure that the appropriate forms are completed and test fees paid in advance. There will also be opportunities for guided free practice in preparation for the tests.
  • The dojo will be open and running during Summer Camp, July 18 through 23rd. Ben and Sara are in charge of fundraising and finding an item to donate to the raffle on behalf of the dojo.  If you have any suggestions please let them know.

- Sensei

Shihan Interview: Coryl Crane

May 12, 2014

Coryl Crane Shihan was recently interviewed for the Birankai NA Newsletter.

How did I first become interested in Aikido?
By chance, if you believe in chance!  I was studying for a visual arts degree at the University of California, San Diego in 1977, and while walking on campus one evening passed an open door.  I looked in and my attention was immediately caught by a group of people dynamically engaged, moving together, falling over and gracefully getting to their feet.  I had never heard of Aikido at that time but was profoundly intrigued by what I saw.  I signed up and never looked back.
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