Thursday, April 24, 2014

AKF Mat Fundraising Seminar in June


Cecelia Sensei is putting together a seminar the weekend of June 14th at Rowan University.  This will be taught by various high ranking instructors.  All the proceeds will go to buying new mats for camps.  People who attend this event are eligible to get a discount on this coming Summer camp.

Please see (email) Brian, Judy, or Marcella if you are interested in attending before May 8th as we need to get her a count of people that are going so they can make decisions about how many mats can be purchased.  The new mats will be at this seminar.  Be among the first to roll on them!


BTW - Cecelia Sensei rocks for doing this and a thousand other things.  Please thank her next time you see her for all that she does for our organization!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

No Evil Bunny!

Open mat is cancelled for this Sun. 4/20...there will be no evil bunny in the dojo!

However it will be business as usual on Sun. 4/27.

Happy Easter/Happy Spring!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Introduction to Aikido

Attention white, orange, blue and brown belts we need your help...

We will be offering an Introduction to Aikido class through Rochester Brainery on Sat. 6/14 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. We are expecting approximately 20 students.

This will be a great opportunity to attract new students to our dojo.

If you can lend a hand please let Marcella or Brian know.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Group Photo from Saturday's Regional Practice

group photo provided by Judy Warner Sensei from Saturday's Regional Practice (April 12).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Going through my archives...

High Speed video is just cool.  Here is a fun throw we do against a downward and diagonal attack to the head.  It may not be the most practical throw, but did I say it's FUN...and it teaches a lot about timing, distance, energy...and how to fly!  :)

A student should use every tool available to them to progress their skills.  There is no more honest critic than high speed video of your technique.

Have fun,

"Progress is Happiness"

Busy Weekend...

This Saturday, we had a great line up.  Two of our students treated us to excellent examples of  kyu rank testing during our regional practice.  We had participants from the Eastern Sky dojo, Kokikai Ithaca, RIT as well as many members of our own dojo.  After 2 hours of sweat and fun, we recognized Sensei Judy Warner for her recent promotion to roku (6th) dan.  After class we got to stay and chat while enjoying some refreshments (thanks Marcella!).

Please join me in congratulating:

Aiden McNulty - 6th Kyu

Bruce Xu - 4th Kyu

Please join us on Saturday the 26th to support Hai's 6th kyu test!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It’s back! Beginner’s Class every Wednesday at 6:00 pm.

Aikido can feel a little overwhelming when first starting out.  We want to help you get comfortable with concepts and techniques and familiarize you with the Basic Principles.

Class will focus on:

  • Ki Development Exercises - Why do we do them?
  • Ukemi (falling, rolling) - learn how to take a roll or fall
  • Terminology - learn some Japanese words
  • Preparation - for 5th and 6th kyu testing (belt promotion)
 Can’t make Wednesdays at 6:00 pm?  All other regularly scheduled classes are open to students of all ranks and when you step on the mat we will provide a level of practice that is suitable to your level of experience.
Also, take advantage of Open Mat held on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 10:00 am.  Open Mat is informal instruction and provides a great opportunity to focus on questions regarding your individual training and practice. 
Beginner's Class is open to all students.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Regional Practice this Saturday!

To all fellow Kokikai aikidoka, please join us this Saturday, April 12 for a class that will include members from the Eastern Sky dojo and friends from the central New York area.

Take advantage of the opportunity to practice with new uke. There is no additional charge to participate.  It's FREE!...

This class will also include testing for 4th and 6th kyu promotions so uke participation is greatly appreciated.

Don't forget to wash and press your gi and hakama.

Class will run from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  Bring water to hydrate.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!