Friday, August 29, 2008


Congrats to Rich Savacool, our prodigal blue belt, on his 3rd kyu test at Eastern Skies Aikido!

All the regional Dojos (Rochester, UofR, RIT) were well represented for Paul Gardner Sensei's first testing at his new Dojo. It was a pleasure to share in the growth of Kokikai.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


There will be no classes on Monday, September 1, Labor Day. Have a great day.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fun in the dojo

Ray Easton has been kind enough to take some photos of aikido in action. Here is Dave Laber's favorite - that's Marcella grinning in the midst of a roll.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Weapons of Opportunity (Updated)

Next Monday's 8pm advanced class will be on weapons of opportunity. Feel free to drop me an email if you have any requests.



We've been garage sale-ing and have a big bag full of fun for Monday!


Saturday, August 16, 2008

September Excitement

Among our special events in September will be:
  • September 13, Saturday, 9am - Testing in Kids Class. A group of about 12 children will be testing. We need both ukes and loud cheering from the audience. Please plan to attend.
  • September 18, Thursday, 7 pm - Andrew Sackett will be testing for 3rd kyu. Please come uke and cheer for Andrew.
  • September 20 - Cecelia Ricciotti Sensei of Philadelphia Aikido will give a special workshop in our dojo that everyone is welcome to attend. Watch this blog and our dojo bulletin board for more information.

Multiple Attackers, Monday at 8pm.

One of the basic assumptions in Aikido technique is the ubiquity of multiple attackers. Humans, like many animals, hunt in packs. It is one of those like-it-or-not realties of life. Even in partnered practice we should be aware of this element of our technique. Posture, one-point, along with an almost dis-interest in uke, and a host of other finer points, all provide a tool set for dealing with this reality.

Monday (8/18) night's 8pm class will focus on dealing with multiple attackers.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Monday's 8pm class will focus on giving your nage focused, energetic attacks. Eat your Wheaties and bring your inner GRRRR!

Friday, August 1, 2008


Congratulations to those who tested last night in the dojo!

Graham Lynch - 6th kyu
Darrell King - 5th kyu
Dan Rozman - 4th kyu
Andrew Cutter - 3rd kyu