We had a very successful Kagami Biraki to kick off 2013. Many parents and students came to help set up prior to the demonstration. Congratulations to all the students who demonstrated an aspect of aikido they were working on. The potluck afterwards was extra yummy this year thanks to all the contributions from the three classes. We have captured a few moments on video from that weekend and would like to share with you.
As January comes to a close, we would also like the recognize a student who consistently shows up to class with focus and tireless dedication. This month we gave the “Spirit Award” to Ayush. In Yoshinkan Aikido, the direct translation of Yoshinkan is “hall of cultivation of the spirit”. Spirit training is foundational to aikido as where we choose to focus our attention and how to direct our body, mind, and energy for unification within the self. Ayush from the youth class consistently makes the choice to stay grounded regardless what is happening around him. He focuses on a sense of precision in his movements and always pushes himself to reach for more. The cultivation of his inner strength also sets as a guiding post for others to follow. Congratulations Ayush for being a great example for us all.