Mindfulness from dojo to the outside world Zanshin: a state of awareness, of relaxed alertness, in Japanese martial arts Zanshin doesn’t just help with mindfulness in your aikido movements, it is that. Zanshin is a state of achieving full awareness of everything that is around you, but without having to spend a lot of energy by focusing on it. “your awareness is brought into a direct knowing of experience. This is not just a momentary knowing, but rather it is a knowing that is sustained moment by moment.” Stated The Mindfulness of Aikido: 5 Characteristics of “ZANSHIN”. and, “Zanshin [...]
Good Day Everyone! We have scheduled our upcoming kids test on Saturday, May 16th. Test preparation will begin this week. Private classes will be available week before the test. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Some parents also asked about personal defense seminars to keep their children safe. At our second location in Encinitas, there is a self-defense seminar happening this Sunday for teens and adults. There will also be a free counter kidnapping class for children from 12 noon to 1pm. See attached PDF (Personal Defense and Safety Flyer) for more information.
Good day everyone! The next test date for Aiki-Kids will be on Saturday Nov 1st. Test preparation is already underway and we are excited to see so many new white belts looking forward to their first aikido test experience. In the next week, we will be deciding who is ready to test and an invite will be emailed to you individually by the beginning of next week. Many kids benefitted from the private instructions prior to our last test, so once again, we will have signup sheets on the clip board for private classes for this upcoming test. On Thursday [...]
Congratulations to all the Aiki-Kids on an exceptional test Saturday! As you know, many kids voluteerily came to extra training sessions to polish their aikido movements and techniques. With hours of dedicated training, we were very glad to see such amazing progress from the white belts all the way up to our new brown belt. Several jumped a level and some even jumped two levels! Thanks to the dedicated effort of our wonderful students as well as the support of all the parents, we are happy to say it was our strongest Aiki-Kids belt test ever! Congratulations everyone! Last week at Aikido [...]
Hello Aikido Del Mar Kids and Youth! Halloween is just around the corner and we are excited to celebrate another Aikido Del Mar Halloween Dress Up Class this Wednesday Oct 30th. Find your favorite outfits that you can wear comfortably to class, and we will have an opportunity for you to show off your cool aikido moves. In both the Aiki-Kids and Aiki-Youth classes we will be hosting a custom contest based on who's got the coolest moves matched with their character. So be prepared to have some fun! Happy Training Everyone.
We are happy to report our week-long testing in April went smoothly in all three classes. All students invited to test passed onto the next level. Congratulations everyone for your dedicated training. As April came to a close, we were glad to recognize another student from the youth class to receive the Spirit Award in the month of April. Heather Nguyen started aikido a little more than 6 months ago and each class she brings a spirit of joy to our training. Heather is able to flow with ease and grace in her movement due to her wonderful attitude. She doesn't [...]
Great day everyone! Most students had the opportunity to test today in all three classes. We are happy to see the continuing progress within everyone. And we are thrilled to see the supportive environment created by all the loving families. There is a strong sense of community - a wonderful spirit of aikido in our dojo and we are blessed to be training with you all.
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.