Dojo News for July

July 1, 2016
June flew by quickly! We celebrated Chiba Sensei’s memorial day with a special zazen sit on Sunday, June 4th, and on the actual day, June 5th we had a special practice followed by a sake toast and some Chiba stories!
Thank you to all of you who kept the dojo during Summer Camp and my absence this year.  This year’s Camp in New York was unique in that there was no special guest instructor but teaching was shared with a common goal between two Birankai shihan: Senseis Darrell Bluhm and George Lyons, and three shidoin: Senseis Savoca, Drake and Heins.  It was great to see more kyu ranks training on the east coast than one usually sees at west coast Summer Camps.  Hopefully, this will be a trend that will spread!
Roo Heins Sensei surprised us with a visit and taught all three classes one Monday evening.  Her approach to body art and weapons is unique of course, her spirit energizing to everyone.  She always tells me how much she enjoys training/teaching in our dojo.   Thank you Julian for making this possible and picking her up and returning her to Daiwa.
Following are events of interest to the dojo:
  • Testing for adults on Saturday, July 30th during the 10:15 class.  If you are intending to test, please make the most of the free practice opportunities that are set up under the guidance of a senior member, to help you prepare.  There is one this coming Sunday from 3 - 5 pm.
  • On Friday, July 30, the SoCal Kyudo Renmei group will be giving a demonstration at 11:15 am and 5:00 pm. at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. They will also be demonstrating at the Mingei Museum on August 12 at 5:00 pm as part of the Museum’s year long focus on the everyday arts of Japan.  Please talk to Jeremy if you want to know more.
  • While on the subject of the Mingei Museum, our dojo will be giving a demonstration along with a reading by the poet Hiromi Ito on Friday evening, August 19 at 5 pm. Both the above events will be followed by a Japanese movie. 

Here are some upcoming events.

  • Saturday, July 30th  - kyu testing during the 10:15 class
  • Sunday, August 7, from 3 - 5 pm. Master Class for yudansha. 
  • August 19 -  5 pm, Aikido Demo and Poetry by Hiromi at Mingei
  • August 28 - 30 - Aikido of Kohala 20th Anniversary Seminar with Senseis:  Apodaca, Champion, Crane and Kristina and Rikko Varjan. 
  • September 9 - 11 - Instructors’ Intensive, House in the Woods Retreat Center, WI.
  • October 1 - Kyu Testing
  • October 22, 23 - NCA will be hosting a seminar with Jobe Groot Sensei, 6th Dan, from Mountain Coast Aikikai, Vancouver.
  • November 12 - NCA 25th Anniversary celebration! 
  • December 11, 12 - Seminar at San Diego Aikikai with Juba Nour Sensei.
  • September 14 - 17, 2017 Women's only seminar at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM

Dojo News for May

May 1, 2016
April was a very active month and the energy generated from our 1,122 cut suburi, Roo Sensei’s visit and O’Sensei’s memorial practice was gratifying.  The month ended on a quieter but nevertheless intense note with sesshin in San Diego. Dojo energy has been recharged and my goal for this month is to see that it doesn’t flag!  Of course, your contribution is essential to the mix. 
  • June 5th will mark one year since Chiba Sensei passed.  How we will acknowledge this as a dojo is still to be decided.
  • Birankai Summer Camp June 9 - 14 is fast approaching and those of you who will not be going will be pleased to hear that Norm Wight will be visiting for a few days and will be teaching some classes.  I know you will make him welcome.  For those of you going you will be representing our dojo to the community. Please think about buying raffle tickets proceeds fro ticket sales help pay for scholarships within our community. Betails will be coming soon.
  • We have been invited by the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park to give an aikido demonstration in collaboration with a poetry reading by Hiromi Ito. Hiromi is one of the most prominent woman writers of contemporary Japan. This opens up some exciting possibilities and I will keep you informed as ideas develop.  The date has been set for Friday evening, August 19.
  • This is the 25th year that I have had the privilege to teach Aikido under the banner of North County Aikikai.  This truly is a feat worthy of celebration!  At this point, we are mulling over ideas and are open to suggestions ...


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.