Dojo News for July

July 1, 2017
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.

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