Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2nd Anniversary Embu-kai

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We will be having our 2nd Anniversary Embu-kai on Saturday, November 7th. Come on out and see demos from all levels of Aikido.

Most members of the dojo will be doing short (~5 minute) demos based on the material they are working on. This will include open-hand, weapons and everything in between.

Public Event links are on Facebook and Google+.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

san-dan test video

The video has been posted for Charles-sensei's san-dan test from Aikido of San Leandro on youtube so go check it out!

Also testing: Victor (3rd dan), Lana (3rd dan), and John (4th dan demo).

Monday, August 31, 2015

September at Kinjo Dojo

Weapons training with Hendricks Shihan Saturday 8/29

We're back from Aikido of San Leandro and starting up a new month at Kinjo Dojo!

Thank you for your patience while I went out to train for my san-dan test for 2 weeks. Big thanks to everyone that came out to train with Tyffany sempai while I was gone.

Congratulations to Brian on a great sho-dan test Friday night! Brian came out Monday and stayed for the week as uchideshi. When he signed up for the trip he didn't know he would be doing a test at the end, but Hendricks sensei agreed to do it in order to get his official sho-dan processing underway.

Huge thanks to Tyffany who came out Wednesday and did most of the ukemi for my san-dan test! She did some awesome falls which we'll see as soon as the video is posted online.

What does all this mean for the dojo? Most important: with the rank of san-dan I can now test/transfer people up to sho-dan (1st black belt) here in Colorado without you having to go to San Leandro. It also means that we are officially a dojo according to the CAA requirements (Sensei was ok with me calling us a dojo before, plus I would have had to change all our marketing stuff!).

In other words: when I level up, we all level up [insert playstation trophy sound]!

One more thing:
We will be having a 2nd kyu workshop on Sunday, September 13th. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will cover everything we can fit in from the 2nd kyu requirements.

See you on the mat!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Upcoming Seminars 2015

2015 April 4: Aikido Summit, Denver, CO
Denver Aikikai hosts the Aikido Summit every year at the Buddhist temple downtown. It is a good opportunity to practice a variety of styles and see aikido from different perspectives.

More information (PDF)

2015 April 11-12: Spring Seminar, Collegeville (St. Cloud) MN
Every year Mark Larson Sensei and Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo host a seminar on the St. John's campus in Collegeville, MN.

Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo, with dojo-cho, Mark Larson Sensei (6th Dan), and the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Aikido Club invite you to join us for our annual Spring Seminar, April 11 & 12, 2015, at Saint John’s University.

Information - Seminar Flyer (PDF)

2015 July 25-26: Stephanie Yap, Bismarck ND
from the FB event description:
Seminar is instructed by founder of Aikido of South Florida, Stephanie Yap Sensei, who has earned a 6th degree black belt and the Menkyo Kaiden in Aiki-Ken and Aiki-Jo, awarded to her by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan.

Stephanie Yap Sensei represents Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai, USA, and is the highest ranking woman in the organization.

Facebook event - Web - PDF

Monday, March 30, 2015

ASL 2015 March

Evan and I are back from a week at Aikido of San Leandro and training with Pat Hendricks Shihan.

Evan did a successful 4th kyu test during the teens class on Friday so congratulations!

Being the only uchideshi has its advantages. Sensei spent all week focusing on the 4th kyu requirements for Evan, and san-dan requirements for me. I am feeling more confident about my upcoming test in August.

I brought back a lot of updates so come on out and get the latest! Since we're still transitioning from another style, the updates will be a constant fact of life for a few years. Not that what we're doing is wrong, but sometimes it is not the current variation of a technique or pin. These are important to keep up to date for when people who train at Kinjo go out to practice and/or test in San Leandro.

Also last week we worked on the 10 kumi-jo and variations. Coincidentally, that is what we're doing at Kinjo this week! Open hand attack will be moro-te-dori.

See you on the mat!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ken-tai-jo This Week

This week we're working on the ken-tai-jo forms currently practiced in Iwama and shown by Pat Hendricks Shihan a couple of weeks ago at the CAA Division 1 training.

In the video, note the first (standard) ending of each form as we will be working on the first 3 this week.

Yasuhiro and Mitsuyoshi Saito, 7 kumi-jo

Open hand attack this week: kata-dori

See you on the mat!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ushiro Ryo-te-dori (Morihiro Saito Shihan)

We're working on ushiro techniques this week.
Here's Saito Morihiro Shihan demonstrating from ushiro ryo-te-dori:

2015 MN Spring Seminar

MN Seminar Shoumen

Charles-sensei and Tyffany will be attending the 2015 Spring seminar hosted by Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo in Collegeville, MN.

It's always a great time of training, meeting new people, and reacquainting with old. Hope to see you there!

Seminar details (PDF)
Online Registration
Lodging on campus at the guesthouse
Super 8 in St. Joseph/St. Cloud

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015: A New Year of Training

2014 was our first full calendar year at Kinjo Aikido Dojo. We're off to a great start and have had a steady stream of interest and new students on the mat. Thank you to everyone who has supported the dojo!

We're making a couple of minor changes that will hopefully simplify dues/donations and our free trial period.

Free Trial Period
Since we started, the trial period has been a free month of training, or 30 days from the time a new student starts at the dojo. Rather than use a period of time, we're changing it to 8 practice days.

Since forming the dojo, we wanted to have donations rather than dues since we are a non-profit and those of you that wished to work that into your taxes would be able to. However, since we are providing a service of aikido instruction, we'll have to just call monthly (or class by class mat fees) dues.

If you wish to make a donation in addition to monthly dues, please tell us that is the case and we'll write or e-mail you a receipt for your taxes. Donations made on their own are tax deductible.

Minimum Payment
We have always been flexible with dues and that will not change. Pay when you can, what you can. However, if you can't afford the $60/month dues, we ask that you pay a minimum of $20/month if that is what your finances will allow.

If the $20 minimum is still too much let us know. We don't want anyone staying home from class because they can't pay for practice!

Thank you again to everyone who comes out every week to train aikido and support the dojo. We could not do it without you!

See you on the mat!