Thursday, March 26, 2009

Remember Maria?

If you happen to remember Maria Kanakis (used to practice with us, friend of Jesse Yang), she has a new website, Paper by Maria, that you might enjoy browsing. Congrats, Maria, on your new enterprise. Hope we see you in the dojo again too!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Congratulations in Order

We had a great round of testing in the dojo last week. Please remember to congratulate each of the following when you see them in the dojo.

Patrick Warren 6th kyu
Peter Veaszie 5th kyu
Ted Leroy 5th kyu
Cyndi Lovejoy 5th kyu
Dan Rozman 3rd kyu

Visiting Instructor - Sensei Leon Brooks

Hey all! Just wanted to update everyone
on our visiting instructor

Sensei Leon Brooks.

He will be here on Saturday, April 18th

The class schedule will be as follows:

9:00 – 10:00 kids class,

10:30 – 12:30 general class,

12:30 – 2:00 break,

2:00 – 4:00 general class,

4:15 – 5:15 weapons class,

7:00 - ??? Potluck Party.

You can preregister by April 11th for a discounted rate,

you can also order a simple box lunch.

If you don't preregister for the seminar no lunch will be provided.

To preregister please call (585) 325-9160 or click here to send an e-mail. We are excited to note that for the first time we will be able to accept paypal transactions for preregistration.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Big Spring Clean-up!

The dust bunnies under the radiators are starting to get out of hand! There is probably a Monty Python joke in there some where about evil bunnies...

It's time to clean-up the dojo and get ready for spring (and Leon Brooks Sensei)!

Please join me on Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 AM for a dojo clean-up.

I'm looking for a few blue belts to help organize the clean-up (ex. make a task checklist, evaluate what supplies we may need, bring in some simple refreshments, act as project manager, etc.).

Questions or concerns, you can reach me at or 585-905-1392.

Thank you,


Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Monday 8pm Class theme will be .............
part 1.... all thing shomen
part 2.... kumitachi (don't know what that is? good, come find out!)

Don't forget testing is Tuesday night.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Testing on Tuesday

Tuesday we will be testing students in the dojo during the 7 pm class on Tuesday, March 17.

Invited to test are:
Patrick Warren 6th kyu
Peter Veaszie 5th kyu
Ted Leroy 5th kyu
Cyndi Lovejoy 5th kyu
Dan Rozman 3rd kyu

Please come join us to cheer and uke.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Leon Brooks Sensei - April 18th

Check out this Aikido!!!

We missed Leon Sensei last Halloween but we have the opportunity again to experience his unique expressions of aikido. Please join us on April 18th for a full day seminar and Pot Luck Party. Details will follow.

Winter Camp 2009

Congratulations to our students who tested successfully at Winter Camp this past weekend:

Anthony Chirico - Sandan
Alan Tamayo - 1st kyu
Ray Easton - 2nd kyu
Craig Steinberger - 2nd kyu

And, congratulations also to Eastern Skies students who also tested:
Rosemary Pleninger - Nidan
Rich Savacool - 2nd kyu

Monday, March 2, 2009

U of R Students to Visit Downtown Dojo

Bob Martini will be bringing his Tues./Thurs. night U of R class to the downtown dojo on Tues. March 3 at 8:00 pm.

For many of the students this will be their first visit to our dojo, let's help Bob to make them feel welcome, please come and practice if you can!

For more information please contact Bob Martini at 585-507-7730.


Big Dojo Raffle
5 Fabulous Prizes

  • Candie's Select Custom Bokken
Meticulously handcrafted by Brian Martens Sensei

  • Beautiful Limited Edition Print of Original Art
by internationally acclaimed artist, Raymond J. Easton

  • Comfortable Cotton Rich Traditional Aikido Uniform

  • Elegant Faux Leather Aikido Weapons Bag
Holds tantos, bokkens and jo staffs

  • Certificate Frame
Proudly displays your rank promotion certificate

Tickets are available for purchase in the following amounts:

  • 1 ticket: $3.00

  • 2 tickets: $5.00

  • 5 tickets: $10.00
Best Value and increases your chances of winning.

Proceeds from your ticket purchases go toward the dojo expense of hosting visiting instructor seminars.
This enables the dojo to lower seminar fees and make it more affordable for more fellow aikidoka to attend.

To purchase tickets, please see Judy Warner, Marcella Mosher, Christian Haacke, Andrew Sackett or Alan Tamayo after class.

Drawing will take place Thurday, April 2, 2009.
First winner, gets first choice of prizes and so on.

Thanks to Brian Martens Sensei, Ray Easton, Andrew Sackett and Continental Sporting Goods for their generous donations.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

And now for something completely different...

Our test prep classes have concluded. You are ready. So, back to my Monday night shenanigans at 8pm. This week's category is Potpourri. I have some fun stuff planned, so come out and play.

Please click here to review the following lesson before coming to class as the material will not be covered during.

5th & 6th Kyu Test Requirements DVDs

5th & 6th Kyu Test Requirements DVDs will be available in the Dojo Monday Morning. As usual, we ask for $2 per copy to cover the duplication costs. There will be a Dojo copy as well, please do not remove this. If we run out of them, please let me know. (Same goes for the Weapons Kata DVD).