Rescheduling: Craig Fife Sensei’s Seminar and Gideon’s Shodan Test

Because of scheduling conflicts, we’re moving Craig Fife Sensei’s Seminar, along with Gideon Haimovitz’s shodan (first degree black belt) test. The event will happen in October or November, I’m not exactly sure when yet. I should know very soon.

In the meantime, here’s the link for info and to register.


No Aikido Classes on May 20

We won’t be able to get to the dojo on Saturday morning, May 20, because tree work will be in progress. They’ll be doing work in the upper parking lot on Sunday, but that won’t interfere with us.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Our New Mat Fundraiser is Live!

As you probably know, we’ve had a lot going on this year.

I am, along with Michael Freidl Shihan, co-host of the Aiki Summer Retreat. The last few years, we’ve held the Aiki Summer Retreat in Quincy, California. Until this year, we’ve been spending thousands of dollars each Retreat on renting mats. So we decided to buy our own mats. We were fortunate enough to buy mats with our friends at Aikido of Santa Cruz. The mats we bought cost our dojo around $5,000.

Dojo Storage Container

Our New Storage Container

Since we don’t have enough space to safely store all of the mats in the dojo, we bought a storage container. That storage container cost around $3,200.

We plan on using some of these new mats to create a new, beautiful dojo mat with a floating floor. The new floating floor will be much gentler on everyone’s body and make training easier and more fun.

Problem is that the floating floor is probably going to cost another $3,000, or so. In other words, this new mat process is costing the dojo over $11,000.

And, we’ve kind of run out of money.

So, I’m heeding the advice of my friends and we’re doing a dojo fundraiser. We’re looking to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of the new floating floor and recoup some of the other expenses.

We really could use your help!

For more information and to donate to our new mat fundraiser, please click here.



No Youth Classes Today

Hi Everyone,

We’re not having any youth classes today, Monday, 10/3, because I’m going to the airport to pick up my wife. We’ll be having the adult aikido class.plane-large

I’ll see you tomorrow!

Frank Sensei

Registration is Open for Aiki Summer Retreat 2016

ASR-16-logoRegistration for Aiki Summer Retreat is Open!

Click here for more information and to register.

Aiki Summer Retreat is June 19 – 25 at Feather River College in Quincy, California. Super-charge your aikido, and have a great time, with Michael Friedl Shihan, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, Craig Fife Sensei, and Vince Salvatore Sensei!

See you at the Retreat!

Here’s Our Holiday Schedule

Here’s our holiday scheduleaikidoka-podcast-logo:

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (12/23 – 12/25): No classes
Saturday – Thursday (12/26 -12/31): Regular schedule. Yes, we’re having a New Year’s Eve weapons class from 5:30 – 7:00!
Friday, New Years Day: Special class 9:00 am – 10:30 am. Let’s start the new year off with aikido!
Regular schedule going forward.

Happy Holidays!

The Folks From Eugene Were Great!

Several folks from Aikido of Eugene (at Best Martial Arts Institute), led by Chuck Hauk Sensei, trained at Aiki Summer Retreat 2015. They brought such fantastic aikido, fun and friendship. I can’t ask for more than that!

I’ll be adding some photos of Mark Kruger’s tantos. Wow! We were lucky enough to get some for the dojo and a beautiful tanto for me! 🙂



Dojo Schedule This Week

PJ6A2424Since Aiki Summer Retreat is this coming week, we won’t be having any aikido classes at the dojo from June 21 through June 28. Eric Kenyon will continue to teach his strength and conditioning classes. We’ll begin our regular schedule again on June 29.

I’ll see you at the Retreat or when we get back.

We’re going to have a great time!

Frank Sensei

Aiki Summer Retreat Starts Tomorrow!

Don’t miss Aiki Summer Retreat, June 21 – 27: Senseis Michael Friedl, Danielle Smith, Kimberly Richardson, Craig Fife with Special Guest Robert Nadeau Shihan.

Kimberly-Richardson-1About Kimberly Richardson Sensei:

Kimberly Richardson is the founder and chief instructor of Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle, Washington where she teaches children, teens and adults. She began her training with Mary Heiny Sensei in 1978 and has studied throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, most notably with Motomichi Anno, Saotome and Ikeda Shihans, Terry Dobson and Tom Read Senseis.  Kimberly Sensei received her 6th degree black belt from Mary Heiny Sensei.

In 2008 Kimberly founded a non-profit, TCI, an Institute that provides educational and embodied leadership programs in the Seattle community and beyond. Her goal is to share O’Sensei’s principles and practices that cultivate peaceful solutions to conflict and encourage nonviolent action.

Additionally, Kimberly Sensei has studied Tai Chi Chen for ten years and she is passionate about ballroom dancing. Watching children develop confidence and self-esteem on the Aikido mat is the inspiration for her first book, Gus Learns to Fly.

Click here to learn more about Aiki Summer Retreat 2015.

Aiki Summer Retreat Starts in 2 Days!

nadeau3aDon’t miss Aiki Summer Retreat, June 21 – 27 featuring Senseis Michael Friedl, Danielle Smith, Kimberly Richardson, Craig Fife with Special Guest Robert Nadeau Shihan.

Here’s some information about Special Guest instructor Robert Nadeau Shihan:

Robert Nadeau Shihan is a key figure in the growth and development of aikido in America. He is a direct student of aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba. During his years in Japan, Nadeau Shihan received personal instruction from the founder in the spiritual, philosophical and energy aspects of aikido.

Nadeau Shihan began his martial arts training in the 1950’s, studying Judo, Karate and defensive tactics as a police officer in Redwood City, California and in the US Marine Corps.

Nadeau Shihan is founder and chief instructor of City Aikido in San Francisco, California. He is also a co-founder of the California Aikido Association and continues to be a division head.

Nadeau Shihan is a frequent guest instructor at seminars in the U.S. and abroad.

Robert Nadeau Shihan is teaching Thursday, for 2 classes, only.

Click here for more information about Aiki Summer Retreat.