Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Michael (Mick) Yerdon
Also, this coming Monday 12/6 we will be testing Ayano for her 6th Kyu rank.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Fall Camp in Everett Washington just finished. I have many more notes than I normally do from a Camp. Lots of neat ideas, tips including a shomen uchi ikyo tenkan with new idea. I will be teaching Saturday morning and going over material.
Hope you can come to class!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The classes are going great. I just wanted to post a reminder, since everyone has been so helpful, that we have a couple holidays coming up, next week is Veterans Day and in two weeks is Thanksgiving so no class for Cobblestone on the 11th or the 25th but we will be meeting on the 18th.
Thanks again and if I don't see you have a good Thanksgiving!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The 6pm class is still open to all students but the normal class from 7-8:30pm is canceled.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Cobblestone School has requested that we host a class for them again! We will have 24 students this year and will be meeting on Thursday's at 12:45. Our first class is October 28th. Please check the calendar for all the classes.
As in previous years if you chose to come and assist with the kids an instructor will be available after the class for more individualized instruction.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, October 1, 2010
We have a large batch of new orange belts who all did well, so be sure to congratulate them!
Our newest orange belts are:
|Amogh Bhagat||Samantha Newmark|
|James Hindal||Riley Page|
|Glenn Huels||Nate Wagar|
And last but never least Hugh Higgins had an amazing test for his blue belt. He handled everything that was thrown at him wonderfully. Way to go Hugh, you should be proud it was beautiful!
Congrats again to all those who tested and a big wonderful thank you to all those who showed up to support them and uke!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
We will be having testing in the dojo on Thursday night during the 7pm class. Hugh will be testing for his blue belt, Kimberly for 5th kyu plus there are a great group of new members testing for 6th kyu. Please attend to uke and cheer them on!
Much thanks from Brian and Judy
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Black Belt Meeting TBA
Coming Class Schedule Changes
Starting in October Marcella's Monday 7-8pm class will become 7-8:30pm
Starting 9/28: Tuesday's 6pm Class will be taught by Candy; 7-8:30pm will be Brian
-Please wish Mark Grey luck for his Shoulder Surgery
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
A special congratulations to Marcella who completed her Sandan test this Saturday. It was a special treat to have such a graceful and powerful demonstration in our home dojo.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday at 4:30pm, Cleaning the dojo. Please early for class and help.
Friday Afternoon, if you missed Thursday, please contact Andrew as he will be coming in to finish cleaning and could us some help.
Friday Night, Dinner with Sensei. Please see the dojo and the email for details. Please contact Candy or Brian to sign up (we need to have reservations).
Saturday, Sensei Maruyama
Saturday night, Party at Ann Marshall's (Thank you Anne for the use of your home)
Sunday Morning, Sensei Maruyama
Sunday Afternoon, Advil & Nap!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
All Rochester Dojo Classes are covered but Open Mat is canceled on Sunday.
Rank Promotion Recognition in the Dojo - 8/9 at 7pm
-Sergei will be visiting us too!
Maruyama Sensei in Rochester 8/21 & 8/22
Class Theme for a while ... "Lead"
(no, not the primary ingredient for Chinese made toys)
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Gary Snyder Sensei will be joining us this Wednesday evening. We encourage everyone to come. Based on his travel schedule, we will be adjusting the class times slightly so keep looking here for an update on times. It will not start earlier than 6pm.
Thanks and I hope to see you there,
Friday, July 2, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
The summer session of camp test prep classes kicks off Monday June 21st at 7pm. Test prep runs for 6 weeks every Monday night.
All are welcome but we will, as usual, kick it up a notch (or two). Beginners will be taken good care of so don't hesitate to come as well.
The first and last night will have video review in the 8pm hour for baseline and progress as usual. The other 4 nights we slow the pace and do polish on weapons takeaways, kata, and requests in the 8pm hour.
If you are testing and cannot make Mondays, please find me and we will work out an alternate plan for you.
If you are not testing, we will need ukes of all types, so please come and support your fellow aikidoka. Camp Prep has been a long standing tradition in Rochester which, with your support, will continue to enhance everyone's quality of practice.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
We have some new flyers in the dojo, designed by Mark Tripp, which advertise this. You can find them in a folder near the attendance book. Please take one and post at work, where you shop, and any other place you can think of.
Print your own flyer here.
Saturday, 9 am - Kids Class
Saturday, 10 am - Adult Class
Sunday, 10 am - Open Mat
On Monday, May 31, there will be no morning or evening classes. Have a great holdiay!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
The call came as we were getting ready for bed. My step-son had been injured in a bar fight at college. He told his mother that he had accidentally stepped on an obviously inebriated gentleman’s foot and without warning, the guy head-butted him. As he gathered himself to fight back, he was blinded-sided by another guy who bashed him across the side of head with a beer bottle. He dropped to the floor where the two men, and possibly up to two to three others, kicked and punched him while he lay on the ground.
He came home the next day and we took him to a doctor who confirmed that his nose was indeed broken as I had suspected, but thankfully did not have a concussion from the beer bottle though the wide gash across the right side of his forehead disappearing into his hair served as a painful reminder of that cowardly attack.
I asked him for more details, and knowing my stepson, a former high school football lineman, full of bravado and not a small amount of attitude, I suspected that the head-butt and beer bottle, cheap shots to be sure, were not entirely unprovoked. He told me that he did indeed accidentally step on the guy’s foot, and the guy made a typical drunk “tough-guy” response. My stepson responded with an expletive-laced, “tough-guy” remark and was suddenly greeted with a forehead across the bridge of his nose. He said he was able to swing at the guy a couple of times, missing, but then he was struck with the bottle which knocked him to the floor.
I shook my head as this scenario was not fully unexpected, yet I was glad that he wasn’t more seriously hurt. He looked at me, kind of embarrassed that this big “tough guy” with an ego as big as his biceps, was so easily subdued, albeit overmatched by a group of drunken idiots. He said, “Well, what would you have done? You’re a black belt in aikido. You would have gotten your ass kicked too.” I said, “Absolutely not. I would have used my aikido training and none of them would have been able to touch me.” He looked dumbfounded. “What would you have used, nikkyo or sankyo or something?” he asked.
I said, “No, none of that. I would have just said ‘sorry’, and walked away.”
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Pamphlets are at the Dojos.
BTW, we are still looking for bed for an Maryland student who is coming. Please contact Candy for this and any other questions.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
We'll still need weekly cleaning to keep us in shape for next week's seminar. Also, if you missed Saturday and want to help with one of the projects, come see me. The fridge could use cleaning out too.
The dojo should feel like an extension of our homes and Saturday was proof of that.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
By the end of day April 24th we want to have at least done the following:
Clean all radiators
Wash all Windows
Wash walls outside of dressing rooms, all the way to ceiling (need ladders)
Organize the locker rooms
Get exhaust fan working in skylight
Cover/hide areas on the ceiling in the front
Paint wall with Mirror to match rest of dojo
Repair/Replace Damaged Mirror
Build/Buy Trash & Recycling Center (instead of the giant trash cans)
Did I miss anything? It's our home away from home and with everyone doing just a little it will all get done. Contact me if you want to work on any of the bonus items.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Second - Our space had NO damage.
Third - There was a fire in our building, down the hall in Victoria's studio.
Fourth - There will be no class interruptions. We only lost the 6pm class because of limited traffic in the area. Mark held the 7pm class.
Thanks to Seth from the wood shop next door for vacuuming up the little bit of water that got into our rugs at the door.
Thanks to Rochester Fire Department who responded quickly and did so much to get the water out of the building.
Best Wishes to Victoria as she puts her life back in order. For those of you who do not know, Victoria has space down the hall from the freight elevator. She makes really exquisite jewelry and other art objects. She has been our neighbor for I think over a decade. Please visit her site and let others know about her work. I bet she could use the extra advertising right about now.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thanks to Steve, Bret, Judy Warner, Candy, Ryan, and Hugh for putting on a great demo for a group of middle school students held at Nazareth College on Wednesday March 10th. The audience's attention was grabbed from the first solid splat of Bret as he was thrown by Steve and held and they got to experience principles like unbendable arm and, my personal favorite, Nikyo!
Special thanks to Jordan's family for the use of their portable mats.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
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Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
We had great tests from Ryan, Ray, Christian, and Mark. Please come Tuesday night to help congratulate them on jobs very well done!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
First kyu: Ray Easton and Ryan Liddell
Nidan: Christian Haacke
Sandan: Mark Grey
Please come welcome them back from Camp and testing on Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm with a special celebratory class.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Please contact Candace Martens if you can help at any of the classes.
Thanks for your support!
Wednesday March 10th at 4pm we have been asked to do a demonstration at Nazareth college for a group of high school students. The demo will last ~45 minutes. We need people to commit to being there. Please contact me or Steve Perino. I know that it is close to camp, but at least we will be all warmed up!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
This is a great opportunity for those that can't make Mondays.
All are welcome and encouraged to come regardless of rank.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Tuesday will now go form 6-7pm, and from 7-8ish (no 8-9pm)
Thursday will go from 6-7pm and 7-8:30pm (no 8-9pm)
As the seasons change, so does the flow of students. Classes will likely be extended again as we get into warmer weather.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
All students are welcome to participate in camp prep. Camp prep is not mandatory however it’s a good challenge whether you are testing at camp or not. It gives everyone an opportunity to grow their confidence for testing and attending camp.
Week 1 – Set the baseline for fitness and technique – Class will be co-taught by Marcella and Brian and will run from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.
Week 2-Week 5 – 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm classes will focus on various aspects of testing: goal setting, techniques-quality v. quantity, presence, signature throws, etc.
Week 6 – Re-visit the baseline for fitness and technique – Class will be co-taught by Marcella and Brian and will run from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.
For those of you who can’t make Mondays, additional prep time will be scheduled, more details to follow.
Whether you come to camp prep class to uke, run a video camera/stop watch or simply cheer from the sidelines your participation will be greatly appreciated because it does take a dojo to raise a brown/black belt!
Questions, see Marcella or Brian.