Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Weapons Kata Review in February

The weapons review will start on Feb 11 instead of Feb 4. Sorry for the delay. A portion of the 6:00 pm class on Mondays will be devoted to the four required weapons katas. Whether you are just learning a kata or wish to brush up your technique, I think you will find these sessions helpful.

Here is the schedule:
  • Monday, February 11 - Jo kata I
  • Monday, February 18 - Jo kata II
  • Monday, February 25 - Boken kata I
  • Monday, March 3 - Boken kata II

Schedule Change for Mondays

Beginning in February, the first class of the evening will begin at 6 pm rather than 5:45 pm. There will also be an open mat from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. (Open mats are times for unstructured practice - at least one black belt is always present and you can practice on your own or ask questions, review techniques with the higher ranking belts that are present. There is another open mat on Sundays at 10 am.)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

International Convention in Nagoya

Sensei is planning an International Convention in Nagoya at the end of May. If you are a brown or black belt and might be interested in attending, please talk to Judy for more information.

Testing in Kids Class

Congratulations to the following children tested on Saturday morning:

Madeline Sutton - 10b
Sage McDonald - 10a
Victoria Matthews 10a

Everyone did a great job!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thursday 8pm Topics

This Thursday night (1/24) at the 8pm class, Candy will be focusing on the (in)famous EVIL BUNNY! Straight to you from Caerbannog, Brittain.

Question/Comment for the dojo?

If you have any questions/comments for us, please ask them as a comment on this post. We will post an answer quickly.

Monday, January 21, 2008

New! Business cards and flyers available

We now have business cards and flyers available in the dojo for you to use. Please keep a few business cards in your wallet and share them with friends who might be interested in practicing.

If you know of a place where a flyer about our dojo might draw interest in new members, please take a flyer and ask permission to post it. Be creative - bulletins boards at work, church, and in your community are possibilities.

Look for the business cards and the flyers on the counter where you check in your class attendance.

Much thanks!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Reminder - Feb 18 Deadline for Winter Camp

February 18 is the deadline for pre-registering for Winter Camp in Lawrenceville, NJ. You can find a registration form in an earlier post in this blog. Be aware that if you pre-register by sending the deposit of $25, you will need to bring the rest of the registration fee in cash to Camp. You can, of course, pay the entire fee by check with your registration form. Your form and money should be mailed to the address in New Jersey that is on the registration form. Note that for Winter Camp your registration covers your mat fees and lunches. You need to make your own arrangements for lodging.

Our dojo will have a number of people testing at Camp. Please plan to come down and uke and cheer for them. Also, it is a chance to meet other members of Kokikai from around the world and, most importantly, to see Maruyama Sensei in action.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

February Testing in the Dojo

First, congratulations to Andrew Sackett on his test for 4th kyu last week. Great job, Andrew!

In February we will have a 'testing night' on Thursday, February 28. (We will still do a morning test on Friday if needed).

The following students are invited to test that evening at either the 5:45pm, 7pm or 8 pm class.

6th kyu
Mark Panek
Darrell King
Zach Keep

5th kyu
Yukiko Maezawa
Maria Kanakis
Dan Roszman

Craig Steinberger
Ray Easton

Please mark your calendars and plan to come cheer these students on and help uke for them!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Uke Month Begins

January is Uke Month and Mondays at 8pm, Brian Martens is giving special attention to attacks; rolling; break falls how, why, and when; being a demonstration uke; uke'ing for camp tests; and more... – Blue Belts and above encouraged to attend .

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Black Belt Class Scheduled

There will be a Black Belt class on Saturday, January 12 about 11:15 am - after the regular adult class. Please try to attend.