Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cobblestone Class

The Cobblestone School has requested that we host a class for them again this year. It will be held on Tuesdays at 12:45 at the dojo starting on Feb 23rd and going through May 25th; excepting March 9th and April 20th.

We are looking for Kokikai students interested in helping out. As a bonus an instructor will be available to answer questions and help with technique after the teenagers leave.

Please contact Candace Martens if you can help at any of the classes.
Thanks for your support!

Call for volunteers

Students, friends, countrymen,

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

The spirit for training

Twitter was recently the source for an article on "keiko" - combining training with the correct state of mind. I enjoyed reading it so much that I thought I would share it was everyone. Please enjoy!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Additional Test Prep Classes

We will be doing additional Camp Prep during the 6pm Class on Tuesday 1/26 and during the 10am class on Saturday 1/30.

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


We had a great group of students test last night.

Congratulations to:

6th kyu: Brendan Courtsal, Hugh Higgins

5th kyu: Joe Cummings, Emily Erdman, Russ Perkins, Dave Porter, Patrick Warren

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Class Times

Please take note of the recent changes to class time on Tuesday and Thursday night.

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

Testing in the Dojo

We will be testing a number of students for 6th and 5th kyu on Thursday (January 21) during the 7pm class. Please come to cheer and uke!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Camp Prep (aka test prep) Mondays!

Please join us for 6 weeks of camp prep beginning on Monday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 pm.

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.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Test Prep Starts Monday

It's that time of year again. The first test prep class is Monday, 1/18 at 7pm.

More details to come...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Genius of Flexibility

In this morning's session with David Nachman Sensei, he introduced a series of stretches. The book that he mentioned is The Genius of Flexibility by Bob Cooley (Fireside, Simon and Schuster)