Friday, April 24, 2009

Seminar with Leon Brooks Sensei

Photo from our recent seminar with Leon Brooks Sensei. It was a great seminar!


Four students tested in the dojo this past Tuesday.


6th kyu
Leigh Broomfield
Cathy Anatra
David Porter

5th kyu
Jordan Bell

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday Mind/Body Class

Next Saturday, April 25, at 11 am we will have a Mind/Body class.

Mike Lewis and Judy Warner will coordinate once more for the program.

Among the topics to be covered will be some moving meditation movements, some mind/body exercises around discovery and story, and some exercises on maai (proper distance) both on and off the mat.

Testing on Tuesday

We will be testing candidates in the dojo on Tuesday during 7 pm class.

Invited to test are:

6th kyu
Leigh Broomfield
Brandon Paris
David Porter

5th kyu
Jordan Bell

Please come uke and cheer them on!

Thank you Leon and all!

Thank you Leon Brooks Sensei for a great seminar. And thank you to everyone who contributed to the great attendance by their presence.

And an extra big thank you for Candy Martens for her stellar job at coordinating the workshops plans (not to mention great cooking).

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Leon Sensei Arrives in 5 days!!!

Just a friendly reminder that Leon Brooks Sensei will be here this weekend! You have until Tuesday to preregister and order a box lunch. After Tuesday money will only be taken at the door on Saturday.

To preregister Send e-mail. or fill out the form in the dojo.

Thanks to all who helped with the dojo spring cleaning

Thanks to everyone who was able to pitch in to help do some much needed spring cleaning! I expect we kicked up 1/2 as much dust as we were able to clean, so please take a moment this week to tackle the residuals as it attempts to retake its foot hold and coalesce into killer dust bunnies.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Big Dojo Raffle Results

Thanks to everyone for their participation in our Big Dojo Raffle.

Here are the winners in the order in which their tickets were drawn:

1. Mark Grey, who selected the limited edition Raymond J Easton reproduction art print.

2. Bob Martini, who selected the handcrafted daito and shoto bokken and wood tanto by Brian Martens.

Winners not present at drawing:

3. Jim Austin, who has since selected the certificate frame

4. Leigh Broomfield

5. Paul Gardner

They will get to choose from the following: Aikido Uniform, Weapons Bag, Certificate Frame.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Reminder - Big Spring Clean-up!

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

I'm still 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,


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Special Events for the week of April 6

Please mark your calendars for these special events:

Tuesday, April 7 at 8 pm - Quarterly black belt meeting

Thursday, April 9 - Raffle drawing during Mark Grey's 8 pm class.

Special Note: The bokken will no longer be offered. Instead, it will be replaced by a tanto, wakizashi, and a bokken!