Thursday, July 21, 2016

You are invited to an aikido "Demonstration-Seminar" 31 July

I want to invite everyone to an experiment.
We at Forest Grove Aikido have been asked to do an aikido demonstration Sunday 31 July.
The demonstration will be part of:

"Fiesta in the Park" on July 31 at Harleman Park in Cornelius, Oregon sponsored by the Ford Institute 2016 Leadership Program. The theme for this all-ages, multicultural event is We are Washington County/Somos Washington County. Their goal is to offer a free, fun event that offers great food, entertainment and activities for all ages in celebration of the people and cultures of western Washington County.
I have decided to approach the demonstration more like a seminar. I will be there from 3 to 6 p.m. running aikido classes for the members who come. The objective will be to train, answer questions visitors ask, and conduct short introductory sessions for people who are interested.

Everyone is invited to a barbecue at my house in Forest Grove afterward.

I'm using SignUp.com to organize this event.
3 steps to sign up for the Cornelius aikido demonstration
1. Click this link to the invitation page: http://signup.com/go/bqAdUY
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

This looks to be a nice event for the whole family. I don't know all of the other things happening there but I do know there will be demonstrations from an MMA group, Taiko drumming [both close to 3pm], and food.

Warmest regards,
Dave

David Dewberry is Chief Instructor of Forest Grove Aikido
an associated dojo of Aikido Multnomah Aikikai

Sunday, June 5, 2016

T. K. Chiba Sensei - Learn, Remember, Support

In memory of T. K. Chiba Sensei, founder of Birankai International

One year ago on this day, June 5, T.K. Chiba Sensei passed from this world.

Remember Chiba Sensei, learn more about the man and his immense contribution to the aikido world.



1. Slide show on Biran
http://biran.birankai.org/?p=1194



2. "In Remembrance" by Darrell Bluhm Sensei"
http://biran.birankai.org/?p=1187




3. Learn about the Chiba Sensei Biography Project:



4. Chiba Sensei was born 1940 and passed June 5, 2015:



5. Inspire the next generation and support the T.K. and Mitsuko Chiba Seminar Endowment Fund 
http://biran.birankai.org/?cat=14







6. You can support the and carry on the work that Chiba Sensei dedicated his life to. Here's how to make a donation to the Endowment Fund or the Birankai Scholarship Program:


http://birankai.org/index.php/support/#Endowment%20Fund



Saturday, April 30, 2016

First Course in Aikido begins May 4, 2016



Do you have the appetite for aikido practice?
Indulge in your First Course in Aikido.



Aikido First Course May 4 - June 1


This 4-week beginner series allows new students to explore the practice of Aikido. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals. Movements and techniques are broken down to instill a healthy relationship with one’s own physical structure and movement abilities to ensure a fun and safe practice for you and your fellow students. 

Schedule and registration details:
http://www.multnomahaikikai.com/first-steps/


If you know others who might be interested in checking us out and taking some classes, please invite them to join us! Share this post or share the postings on our Multnomah Aikikai Facebook page


See you in the Dojo!
Aikido Multnomah Aikikai 6415 SW Macadam Ave Portland OR

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Free Open House - Aikido Appetizer April 30, 2016

Join us for our Free Open House event, Aikido Appetizer 

We invite our South Portland neighbors, our extended dojo community and anyone curious about the art of Aikido.





Aikido Appetizer

Free!
Enjoy a taste of what the practice of Aikido is all about. Get ready for fun! This is an ideal opportunity to experience Aikido firsthand. This free event is open to both adults and children.

You are invited to our Spring Open House - the Aikido Appetizer! Family, friends, neighbors are welcome! This is a great opportunity to try something new. Here's the schedule:

  • 10am: Doors open. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and get oriented to the space. 
  • 10:30am: Step onto the mat for a sensory experience and introduction to the art of aikido. Whet your appetite for for martial practice and get your body moving. Everyone can participate at their own pace. 
  • After class: We will have tea and sushi. Socialize and ask questions of members.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Aikido Appetizer: Free intro Apr 30 & First Course in Aikido: starting May 4



Spring is here which means it’s time for another round of our Aikido Appetizer & First Course offerings, two events designed to connect with our neighbors, our extended community and to welcome new members.






Aikido Appetizer

Free!
A first taste of what the practice and classes are all about. This is an ideal opportunity to experience Aikido firsthand. Get ready for fun! This free event is open to both adults and children.

You are invited to join us for our Spring Open House - the Aikido Appetizer! Family, friends, neighbors are welcome! This is a great opportunity to try something new. Here's the schedule:

  • 10am: Doors open. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and get oriented to the space. 
  • 10:30am: Step onto the mat for a sensory experience and introduction to the art of aikido. Whet your appetite for for martial practice and get your body moving. Everyone can participate at their own pace. 
  • After class: We will have tea and sushi. Socialize and ask questions of members.



If you know you have the appetite for practice then move right on to your First Course in Aikido.




Aikido First Course May 4 - June 1

This 4-week beginner series allows new students to explore the practice of Aikido. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals. Movements and techniques are broken down to instill a healthy relationship with one’s own physical structure and movement abilities to ensure a fun and safe practice for you and your fellow students. Schedule and registration details at:
http://www.multnomahaikikai.com/first-steps/



If you know others who might be interested in checking us out and taking some classes, please invite them to join us! 




See you in the Dojo!
Aikido Multnomah Aikikai 6415 SW Macadam Ave Portland OR



Monday, April 11, 2016

Study guides for 5th kyu and 4th kyu techniques based on the Birankai test guidelines


How do you study the kyu guidelines? What's your approach?

Organizing information in different ways can help solidify relationships between techniques. Using colors and gathering similar elements in groups can help the mind sort, categorize and associate.

Here are a couple of study guides for 5th kyu and 4th kyu techniques guidelines.
These documents include the same information found on the Birankai test guidelines document but organize the information in a different way.

These links along with other study tools are on the Member Resources page of Dojo News.














Create your own tools for studying as well!

The process of thinking through the material and laying it out, in a way that makes sense to you, is an invaluable exercise on the path of learning and retaining. As you read the name of the technique visualize it and recall the sensation of the motion.

When you practice the techniques in class, take a moment to write notes in your personal study guide and draw pictures. As your mind directs the pencil on the page, your neural pathways are strengthened and learning is reinforced.

~ Suzane Van Amburgh

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Demonstration in Forest Grove 7 May

The Japan club at Pacific University has asked for a 15-20 minute aikido demonstration Saturday the 7th of May on the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove.

All aikidoka from Portland and Forest Grove are invited to assist or attend. Please contact Dave Dewberry for more details. train@fgaikido.com