On our current situation: I know some of you may disagree with my decision to curtail our dojo operations for now. The fact is, I do not have enough data to make any other decision than the one I've made. Believe me, isolation is the last thing I want. Our dojo is one of the things that keeps me going during this very difficult time in my personal life. However, the minute you step into the dojo you are my responsibility and that is something I will never take lightly. Furthermore, I have to think about the patients that I have sworn an oath to care for. If I happen to pass this very contagious virus on to one of them because of my own personal decisions, I could never forgive myself.
Truth is, I've seen the way some of you go through TP and I'm down to one roll.
Ok, enough of that.
When all this is over (and I believe it will be soon) the dojo will resume. And guess what...there will be changes. I know, I know, we never seem to change anything but that's about to change.
If you looked at the schedule page (as I asked you to in my text message) you see we've added Tuesday nights. Here's the short version: I love teaching and training in karate and aikido and I've always believed they should be taught separately but never had the time to do so...well now I do.
Karate = combat, strength, conditioning, focus and self-reliance, character.
Aikido = grace, fluid movement, suppleness, character, Budo. All aikido students regardless of rank will wear a hakama to class as soon as they able to purchase one. No exceptions.
How will karate change? You are expected to learn kata and I will make videos to help you. Karate will focus on strikes, kicks, takedowns, joint locks and weapons.
How will aikido change? You will see larger movement (Aiki Kai), ground work, (suwai waza) more sword and jo training. If you were here 10 years ago, it will look a lot like that.
Why? That is a sake (or other spirit) conversation.
Syllabus: There will be a unique one for each art - I'm working on it.
Rank: You keep what you have - you've earned it. Where you go (karate, aikido or both) is up to you.
Tests: On hold right now, of course. Tests will be somewhat easier because I won't need to see as much from you. However...testing for Nikyu or Ikyu (brown) will be a huge challenge. Testing for shodan (black belt) will damn near kill you regardless of the art. You know me well enough by now.
You'll note class times are shortened by 15 minutes. That's because we are adding more classes and I will need to pace myself. PLEASE try to be dressed and ready for class when it starts (yes, we are back to 7:00 on weeknights to accommodate everyone's work schedules.
Hoping to get some new tatami mats but we'll have to see where our finances are when all this is over.
Keep training. Text or call me if you have questions or concerns. I'll let you know when I can load the videos.