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Catch the Wave
March 2018


The building that has been our home for the past 24 years has been sold to a non-profit group that will be converting it to an animal rescue center. The actual date is uncertain, not sooner than the next 2 months, but likely sometime in the next several months. We will keep you informed as information becomes available. In the meantime, continue training and keep on the lookout for possible new locations for the dojo.
Danielle Smith, 7th Dan, dojocho

Dojo Family

Please keep the "Speedy Turks" and their families in your thoughts and prayers.


Daniel More is shodan-ho!

Congratulations Sensei! Awarded 7th Dan...

"I am deeply honored to be awarded the rank of 7th Dan. My heart is filled with feelings of gratitude to all the people that have been part of my 45 years of training. My gratitude begins with O Sensei, whose written teachings first inspired me with visions of a brighter future and who taught those who eventually became my teachers. To my first sensei, the late Stan Pranin: thank you for bringing excitement to the possibilities of Aikido. To Frank Doran, Sensei, 8th Dan: thank you for the more than 35 years as your student. Your guidance has profoundly influenced my training as a student and as a teacher, and I am honored to have had your recommendation for this level. To Michael Friedl, Sensei, 7th Dan: as a friend and as a leader in our Aikido community, thank you for supporting me in realizing my own leadership. To Anno Sensei: thank you for inspiring me with your example and your dedication to O Sensei's teachings. To my dear friends, Pat Hendricks, Sensei, 7th Dan and Linda Holiday, Sensei, 6th Dan: thank you for illuminating the path and for accompanying me on this journey. I treasure your friendship and your sisterhood. To my husband, Michael Smith, Sensei, 6th Dan: thank you for your love and support for the many ways we bring the heart of Aikido into our own relationship and our community. Thank you to senseis Dennis Evans, Mary Heiny, Frank McGouirk, Cindy Hayashi, Bob Nadeau, Hiroshi Ikeda and to the many Aikido friends, students, and teachers who have stayed with this mission to make the world a better place by training in O Sensei's art. Finally I want to thank Moriteru Ueshiba, Doshu, for promoting me and expressing the hope that I will '...further devote myself to day-to-day guidance and practice of Aikido and contribute to the bright future of Aikido around the world.' To this end I do wish to dedicate myself. Any one of us rising up in Aikido is a victory for us all."

March  Events

March 3
Saturday, Annual All-Day Women's Aikido Seminar, Aikido of Santa Cruz. Linda Holiday, 6th Dan, and Penny Sablove, 5th Dan, with Kimberly Richardson, 6th Dan, as guest instructor. See aikidosantacruz.org for more information.

March 10 Saturday, Class taught by Danielle Smith Sensei at Aikido of Berkeley. Yondan test for Rob Pierce (AOM shodan/nidan). Times to be announced.

March 17  Saturday, Celebration Seminar for Spring, and Smith Sensei's promotion to 7th Dan. AOM, 10:00 - 12:30. Includes an Aiki Kids and Aiki Mites Demo and the last half hour of "all dojo." Training: $30, Observing: $10 - includes brunch. See flyer.

March 24 Special Focus: Zen Meditation with Scott Stillenger. 11:45 - 1:00. Free and open to the public.

April  Events

April 7
 Doran Sensei seminar at AOM. 10am to 4:30pm. $70. See flyer.

April 21
Special Focus: Zen Meditation with Scott Stillenger. 11:45 - 1:00. Free and open to the public.

May  Events

May 4-6
 Aiki Horizons. Eight Sensei - Pat Hendricks, 7th Dan; Michael Friedl, 7th Dan Shihan; Danielle Smith, 7th Dan; Louis Jumonville, 6th Dan; Jimmy Friedman, 6th Dan; Dennis Evans, 6th Dan; Michael Smith, 6th Dan; and Yvonne Thelwell, 5th Dan. Go to onepointcenter.com to register and for all information. See flyer.

May 19-21 International Aikido Seminar, BASPO Magglingen Sport Hall, Switzerland. Four Sensei - Juerg Steiner, 6th Dan; Danielle Smith, 7th Dan; Jean-Pierre Kunzi, 5th Dan; Rein Ausmees, 5th Dan. For information and registration: www.centre-kumano.ch and centre-kumano@bluewin.ch.

May 26-28   Mt Baldy Retreat - Frank McGourik, 7th Dan Shihan; Cyndy Hayashi, 7th Dan Shihan; Danielle Smith, 7th Dan; Michael Smith, 6th Dan; Teja Bell, 6th Dan. Four friends and long-time co-teachers, lead by McGourik Shihan. Aikido, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation and communing with nature. Go to www.aikidoai.com or visit Mt Baldy Retreat on Facebook.

Noon Aikido Classes -
Mondays & Wednesdays (Ki-Flow Jo/Aikibojitsu).

Aikibojitsu - Wooden Staff Art practice based on principles and techniques as presented in, Aikido, Aikibojitsu and the Structure of Natural Law, by Aikibojitsu founder, Tom Read Sensei. Monday 12n-1pm and Saturday 9am-10am. Michael Smith Sensei is a 5th Dan in Aikido, 5th Dan in Aikibojitsu and a licensed Aikibojitsu teacher. Beginners are welcome; no previous experience required! Monthly dues, $50 for once a week and $75 for two times a week. AOM students can train at no extra charge.

Meditation - Classes are held every Saturday from 7 to 8:50am. You can attend all or part. No experience necessary, free, and open to the public. They are led by Scott Stillenger, a meditation teacher. Once a month, a Saturday session will be held from 11:45 to 1pm. See the events page for scheduled dates.


Sogi schedule - Sogi is a part of your training. Be sure to do some each time you come to class. Mark the list when you do.

Mat Sogi - Mat sogi will be done each Saturday after class except when Special Focus Meditation or a special event occurs.

Heard in the Circle

Aiki Store - Aikido and wave decals: $2; AOM license plate frame: $10; Aikido engraved tanto: $20.

Live Earth Farm - Fresh organic produce drop-off on Thursdays. Several sizes available. Pick up information at the dojo or go to: www.liveearthfarm.net

Aiki-nomics  - If you cannot pay dues, even for one month, because of economic circumstances, arrange with Sensei at the beginning of the month for Aiki-nomics. There is no limit to how long you can be on it and you set the level of the dues that you can afford to pay. You just agree to train a minimum of 2 times a week. See Sensei for details

The Art of Peace - Morihei Ueshiba
67 Always try to be in communion with heaven and earth; then the world will appear in its true light. Self-conceit will vanish, and you can blend with any attack.
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