Congratulations aiki-kids, aiki-youth, and the adults for a successful test today. Everyone dedicated a lot of time, energy, and sweat on the mats to prepare for today's test. The hard work really paid off! We also like to acknowledge the parents for helping their children preparing for the test. It is wonderful to hear how the children feel supported at home as they bring a strength of love and confidence into the dojo. We feel truly blessed! Here is the link to the pictures from today, feel free to download the ones you like.
First of all, happy Halloween everyone! Most of the kids will be out trick-or-treating tomorrow. Our aikido class will still be here - same time, same place. You are more than welcome to dress up for Halloween and enjoy some time on the mats as one of your favorite characters! We will have some fun aikido tricks as well as treats. Next, we want to congratulate two very special students for earning the Most Valuable Student and the Most Improved Student awards in the month of October. Aayush (first from the left) works hard with consistent focus and dedication since [...]
We have started preparation for our upcoming test scheduled on September 8th for all three classes. In the kids and youth class, each week we are concentrating on one basic movement out of six in time for the test. The adult class also started Kenshu class on Saturdays for extra brown belt training. It is very important to attend as many classes as your schedule allows. Time has been set aside in each class for students to prepare for their next (or first) test. Everyone is encouraged to use this time wisely. In the next few weeks, the instructors will be [...]
Our training with Jacques Payet Shihan in Aikido Del Mar came to a completion last Wednesday. Many were blessed with the opportunity to receive invaluable personal guidance from such a world renowned sensei. Our hearts are filled with much appreciation. Congratulations to all the kids and youth attended Monday's training. All have received a gold stripe on their belts to remember their active participation in this rare event. A few videos are posted on our youtube site to highlight the key instructions from our training in Studio City. We hope you will enjoy them. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnoEloSog64] Note, starting this week we [...]
Bonjour! We had another successful Kagami Biraki celebration this year. There was a spectrum of demonstrations on the mats from the youngest participants to well-seasoned aikidokas. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msk_Ak1MkC4] Congratulations to all the students demonstrated an aspect of aikido they were working on and we are excited to see more progress throughout the year of 2012! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IVtacphwHU] A special appreciation goes to Tomoko (Thomas's mother) for taking time out of her busy schedule to prepare this year's mochi soup as part of our yearly Kagami Biraki tradition. It was also beautiful to see parents helping put away the mats with such [...]
Congratulations to everyone tested on Dec 10th and Dec 12th! It has been exciting for us to witness so much progress in our dojo. All the white belts have graduated to yellow belts in the Aiki-Kids class. Two students from Aiki-Youth have been promoted to the adult class. And we had our first ever shodan test in the adult class - congratulations to Joe Kelly for earning his black belt! To access and download pictures from the recent kyu test, please click on the link KYU TEST DEC 2011. You can also access other pictures from 2011 through the following links. [...]
Most students have trouble with ukemi - especially when it comes to the forward roll. Some smaller children tend to put their head down to support their body. A few older kids do not maintain the strength in their body to remain round throughout the roll. Adults tend to deal with fears of "falling" might contract the body and can end up injuring themselves. We have published as few helpful hints and videos to help you safely practice the forward roll - [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShUFonrBErk] 1. you can swing your front arm over your head to initiate the circling movement of the [...]
The next test date has been confirmed - Saturday, December 10th, 2011 - so mark your calendar! We will be preparing all three classes for the kyu test in the next few weeks. It is best for students to attend class as often as possible and focus on their training. Only those who qualify will be invited to test as a chance to progress onto the next level. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us!
Hello everyone! We will have our regular training schedule this Saturday. Aiki-Kids class is canceled on Monday. The Aiki-youth class and adult class will be combined on Monday from 7pm - 8:30pm. Note: Aiki-Core will resume in October.
Greetings All, We were notified just this morning that Robert Mustard Sensei will be teaching a class at the Studio City dojo on Sunday from 6-8pm. Robert Sensei is one of the top instructors in North America. He lived in Japan for many years and trained under Gozo Shioda during that time. He was the Senior Foreign Instructor at Honbu dojo for several of those years that he was there. If you are interested in attending this class, Edward and I will be driving up to L.A. and you can ride with us. We will be leaving the Boys and [...]