Friday, October 17, 2014

Why seminars matter!

This post is from Biran Online, posting dated October 7, 2014.
L. Klein is the editor of Biran, The Aikido Journal of Birankai North America

Don't miss the seminars coming up in our own Northwest Region! Check out the seminar info page for details on upcoming seminars.  -Suzane Van Amburgh

Check out the great video above put together by the Birankai Scholarship Committee. Real Birankai students talk about the benefits of seminars as a part of training and development in the art. It’s eight minutes long but full of action footage!

All of us in Birankai Aikido are working to fund seminars to raise our level of Aikido, Iaido and Zazen training through the T.K. & Mitsuko Chiba Endowment Fund. Our national goal is to raise $400,000 in four years and we are already funding seminars through the endowment.
Donate today through the endowment page on the website or visit the T.K. & Mitsuko Chiba Endowment Fund Facebook page.
Thanks for your generosity and let’s keep Birankai Aikido strong!
L. Klein

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Drop in FREE for Orientation to Practice through October

Orientation to Practice - FREE in October

Practice is a mind set and an activity where you repeat an operation or movement, assessing and attending to how you do it. You introduce new variables, try something, make mistakes, form questions, change strategy and try again.
This can happen at a very mental/analytical level or it can happen with a more diffuse mindset. We can explore, play, fall, get up, try again. Sometimes we engage in practice with knitted brow and self judgement, but learning often slows down under such circumstances. Practice can be approached with an open curious mindset, a sense of humor and compassion for self.
A dojo is a place where we “practice the way.” At Multnomah Aikikai our primary practice is the martial art of Aikido. In this class, utilizing basic movements of Aikido, you will orient to the joy of practice. Whether you continue with Aikido practice or take up another practice, you will have cultivated the inner tools to direct your own learning with compassion, a sense of humor and the joy of movement.
Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:00pm, Saturdays 10-10:30am. 
FREE through Oct. 28, 2014. 
After the half hour class, we invite you to stay and observe the Aikido Fundamentals class following.
Aikido Multnomah Aikikai, 6415 SW MACADAM AVE, PORTLAND, OREGON 97239

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Venture a taste! Bringing on a first course of Aikido practice this month!

Aikido First Course starts Saturday October 11

Serving up your First Course 
in the art and practice of Aikido. 
12 sessions, Sat. mornings and Tue. evenings  
Oct 11- Nov. 22.  Fee $90
This series is a progressive beginners' course. Plan to begin on Saturday Oct 11. Arrive 9:45 for registration. Class starts at 10 am with Orientation to Practice and segues to aikido fundamentals class 10:30-11:30am.

Class times:
Tuesday 5:30-6pm: Orientation to Practice
Tuesday 6:15pm-7:15pm: Aikido Fundamentals
Saturday 10-10:3am: Orientation to Practice
Saturday 10:30-11:30am: Aikido Fundamentals

 Note: Sat. Oct. 25 join us for an optional field trip to Eugene for a seminar with Phil Vargas Sensei. Click for details. There is no fee to observe seminar classes.

Tue/Sat schedule doesn't work for you?
Become a Regular Member and practice Mon, Wed or Fri at 6:15pm. As a member you can flex your schedule and come to any unrestricted class on the weekly schedule. Click to view schedule.

Drop in for Orientation to Practice It's FREE in October

Join us for The Lines of Engagement Noon, Oct 11, $10.