It’s that time of year again; where some good calming breathing comes in handy as the world goes slightly mad before Christmas. This is one of the benefits of training Aikido. Gaining the ability to centre and calm yourself while those around you are getting all worked up.
Important Dates for Aikido Maai
The dojo will be taking a short break over Christmas, these are the important dates:
- Children’s grading on Wednesday 10 December 2014
- Last children’s class on Wednesday 17 December 2014
- Last class for 2014 is on Monday 27 December 2014
- No training on Wednesday 24 December 2014 (Christmas Eve)
- No training on Monday 29 December 2014
- No training on Wednesday 31 December 2014 (New Years Eve)
- First class for 2015 is on Monday 5 January
Children’s Aikido dates and news
We will grade the children at 5pm on 10 December 2014. All the kids tell us that they really enjoy the grading day, and we enjoy seeing them achieve their next belt. Just so that parents know what we are looking for when the kids grade: we are looking for basic form, that they listen and pay attention and do their best.
Last children’s aikido class for the year: Wednesday 17 December 2014
The last class for the children’s aikido class year will be on Wednesday 17 December 2014. This is traditionally a games day and reward to the kids for putting in such a great effort through the year. They also get to experience some of the more advanced joint locks and pins.
No children’s aikido classes through January 2015
We take a break from Children’s Aikido Classes through January, however all other Aikido training continues.
First children’s aikido class for 2015 will be @ 5pm Wednesday 4 February 2015
We start the children’s aikido class at 5pm Wednesday 4 February 2015
Possible teen class for 2015
I am considering starting a 11-16 year old class for teenagers. This is due a number of kids that leave after they join the adults class. We think that they just find it too tough training with stronger adults, when they are still 12 years old. This class would have to run at 5pm–6pm on Mondays, and needs the support of parents to make it happen.
We have been pleasantly surprised how the kids class has grown to 24 students this year, and we thank all parents for your support and commitment in bringing your kids to train with us. The benefits of Aikido are realised only after many years of training, and it is plain to see in the senior students who have been with the kids class for 3-4 years.
The inspiration for this teen aikido class comes from Tenzan Aikido in Seattle, and the approach that Sensei Bruce Bookman has taken with his junior brown and black belt program.
As I mentioned – this idea requires parents’ and your kids’ support – if we can put together a class of 10 from the kids class, then it will be viable to run. The aim would be to step up the level and number of techniques and advance your children down the path of mastering the art of aikido.
Please, show your children this video, and ask if that is something that they would be interested in. If you both are interested, then please drop me an email, call me, or talk to me at training.
Price rise for 2015
Due to the works in the hall, hall hire prices will be raising, and we haven’t raised prices in two years. So to keep pace with inflation and cost increases we will be raising prices for 2015.
The good news is that existing subscriptions through the website will not be affected by the price rise. New purchases, single months, and new subscriptions will be affected by the price rise.
Parents with kids attending will be in front for the year if they leave their subscription running through January – even though there are no classes.
The new prices effective as of 1 January 2015 will be:
- Children’s class: $65 per month (averages 4 classes per month)
- Adults – $140 per month
- Concession – $120 per month (full time student or concession card holder)
- Gis $50 (training uniform)
Pricing will be updated on the website shortly.
Black belt gradings
Everyone is warmly invited to come and support Huy and Van as they go for their shodan test. Shodan is 1st degree black belt level, and shows that you understand the basics of the art of Aikido. Shodan is a big achievement and anyone who wants to achieve the rank of shodan absolutely must attend so that they can see where they are going. Additionally, your senpai and cohei invest a lot of time and effort in helping you learn Aikido and we all owe them a debt for their efforts.
The shodan grading is at Seikatsu Aikido at 9am on Sunday 30 November 2014. We expect to run for 4-5 hours with breaks. Bring some lunch and wear your gi to sit on the mat. Children welcome to attend with their parents to view the gradings (they don’t have to sit on the mats or stick around for the full grading).
Techniques database on Aikido Maai
I’m proud to announce the start of a database of Aikido techniques on the Aikido Maai website. It’s small at the moment, but we intend that it grow into a large collection of videos over time.