Friday, July 25, 2014


Heard on the mat Thursday night...

"'s like they fall before they fall!"

Well said Binh!

We've all heard the saying, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  Or as I like to put it, you can lead a horse to water, but drowning him is an entirely different matter.  Our brains are funny in that there seem to be little doors that briefly open and allow in wisdom and understanding.  Knowledge flows in pretty well, though it also appears to leak out nearly as easily.  But real understanding, once it worms it's way in, is more permanent.  The teacher/lesson/water is always there.  It doesn't magically appear when you are ready.  It's that a culmination of knowledge, events, and attitudes that allow us to finally notice what has just become obvious and unmistakeable.

So, what is the key to opening those little doors more often?  It's largely a numbers game.  The longer you put into study, the more chances you give yourself.  Each min-Epiphany you have helps turn the lock on the next door into your brain.  It becomes a seed for the next and the next.

So, the moral of the story... Persistence.  Immersion.  Practice.  Repeat the words Binh spoke. It will either sound like a statement that the office Captain Obvious would make or a profound truth that will make you smile knowingly.  If for you it's the former, then you have something to look forward to.  If the latter, then we'll be excited to hear what's behind your next door.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sensei in Rochester!

Just a reminder... 

Experience the power and grace of Kokikai Aikido with Shuji Maruyama Sensei, President and Founder of Kokikai Ryu Aikido International.

Sensei will be at the Rochester dojo on Sat. August 9 and Sun. August 10. 

The deadline for receiving a discount on the seminar is Fri. July 25. 

You can also pay by paypal by sending money to

Looking forward to having everyone get a chance to experience Sensei!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sensei is coming and the dojo needs cleaning...

It’s that time again…time to clean the dojo and get it ready for Sensei’s visit after summer camp.

Please join us on Saturday, August 2 after the adult class at 11:00 am to clean the dojo.

With a group of 4-5 people we should be able to clean the dojo in about 1-1.5 hours.

A list of cleaning tasks will be posted beforehand and can be done at any time before, during or after the scheduled clean up. 

Please pick a task, do it and check it off the list.

Questions, see Ray Easton. 

Last Test Prep before Summer Camp...

Tomorrow (Tues. 7/22 @ 6:00 pm) is the last test prep class before summer camp! Please join us as we help Mark and Len get ready for their tests.

Friday, July 11, 2014

How does practice best fit in your schedule?

We want to hear from you!  What days and times would be best for you?

Check out our poll on our new Meetup page!