Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are the things your are thankful for?  (Sorry Sam) For what things are you thankful?

I have the honor and privilege of exploring this state of being we call Kokikai Aikido with a group of people that aren't just my students, not merely my peers, but my extended family.  For 20 years my wife and I have been affiliated with our dojo.  We not only found a practice which has changed our demeanor, our outlook on life, how we interact with others, how we do other crazy tasks like blacksmithing, how we design products (ask me about the device for firefighters inspired by nikyo), but most importantly, we found a home.  The experience of walking through those doors to the foyer and immediately feeling the comfort of being at home is not our unique story, but one that has been the grace of most everyone that has been with the dojo for any length of time.

So, on behalf of myself, my wife Candace, and all of us, I want to thank each and every person that has ever made the Rochester Dojo the Home that it is while never compromising the goal that is the elevation of the art of Kokikai.  To all those that came before me, that sweated beside me (or on me) over the years, to those that remain, and to those to come.  THANK YOU!

While I have you attention, there are a few announcements:

Congratulations to those who have tested in the past few weeks! Progress makes the dojo.  We look forward to participating on your continued journey.

6th Kyu
Mark Douglas
Kristina Karekos
Richard Douglas
Tracy Karekos

5th Kyu
Scott Andrews

4th Kyu
Michael Dorren

There are no classes on Thanksgiving, but please join our extended family on Saturday from 10-Noon for an extended class.  Both Alan Tamayo and Steve Perino will be back up from NY City.  Hopefully a few others may join us as well from our satellite programs.  Though not a formal regional practice, any and all Kokikai students are welcome, as are new comers.

Please enjoy the holiday and may you survive your adventures in shopping!  BTW, if you have someone that has everything on your list, maybe they would benefit from the gift of Aikido.  Think hard  though, it's so awesome you better really like them.  :)


Friday, September 25, 2015

Halloween Seminar 2015!

We were not able to schedule Leon Brooks Sensei for our annual Halloween Seminar. However Brian Martens Sensei and Paul Gardner Sensei (Eastern Sky Dojo) would still like to hold a special class.

When:  Saturday, October 31, 2015
Where: Aikido Kokikai Rochester (aka Downtown Dojo)
Fee:  No Charge
Class Times:                
  • Kid’s Class 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Adult Class 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
  • Lunch Break 12:00 noon - 12:30 pm (bring a snack to share)
  • Adult Class 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Format: Brian Sensei and Paul Sensei will alternate every ½ hour, senior students will also join into the teaching cycle.
Party: After class at the Genesee Brew House, remember Sensei says, “Sweat makes the beer better”. Costumes are optional but encouraged.
Bring: Bring a snack to share for the lunch break and your weapons
Please come, all are invited. Let Brian or Marcella know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Dojo Fundraiser

Our fundraising auction is now OPEN.  Check out all the cool hand crafted items and services that have been donated to support the dojo.

You may ask, why is a martial arts dojo having a fundraiser?  The answer is simple, we are an all volunteer run organization funded solely through member dues.  Martial arts practice is typically a function of people's disposable income.  The past few years have been tough economically for the country and Rochester in particular.  We have seen a migration of people away from Rochester for work which has directly impacted our membership.  In that same stretch the dojo had to invest in new mats, foam, and lighting.  The dojo looks great but we have been unable to re-build our reserves. 

Our mission is to teach Aikido to as many people as we can, so we have resisted raising dues.  This auction, along with some other activities on the drawing board, is intended to help fix that.  We need to rebuild our monthly operational reserve, rebuild our scholarship fund, and start saving towards our next mat replacement in a few years.

Please consider supporting our mission.


the dojo

Sunday, September 13, 2015

This week in your dojo...

It's the middle of September and the weather is firing a warning shot across our collective bow, so it's a great time to hit the mat to warm up a bit.  This week we also have some notable happenings to mention.  First, Thursday night's class will end at 7:45 so we can go and celebrate Marcella Sensei's 4th Dan promotion and welcome back our newest Shodan Sam who will be visiting from the left coast. 

Looks like dinner will be at Alladin's on Monroe.  There is a sign up sheet in the dojo.  Len and Bob are coordinating.

Candy will be continuing  to explore the first bokken kata in the second half of her Tuesday night class. Come and brush up on the kata as well as see what it teaches us about movement, ki exercises, and open hand technique.

Also, we are kicking off a fundraiser to re-build our reserves and scholarship funds.  We will be opening an online auction of items donated by members.  Please share this with your friends and families and some total strangers, too.  There will be a variety of items to bid on from artistic to more practical, many are hand made by dojo members.  Please let Candy or I know if you can donate something.  Events like this helps us keep our dues as low as they are so please help support  your dojo.  The auction starts September 16th.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Labor Day - Mon. 9/7 - Dojo Closed‏

The dojo will be closed on Monday 9/7 for the Labor Day holiday.

NOTE: There will be adult class on Sat. 9/5.

Thank you,

Marcella & Ray