So, a little over a year ago the dojo moved from the YMCA to its current location. Although I was extremely nervous about the move, I must say it was one of the best decisions we as a community made. We were able to expand our classes and expand our curriculum, which has resulted in us making great strides in better understanding martial techniques and strategies.
More importantly, however, is that we have been able to expand as a community. I got a real sense of how much we’ve grown a couple of days ago, when we had testing. Just for fun, I made sure that everyone got on the mat so we could have a picture or two taken. And here we are!
First, a group shot of both kids and adults:
Most of the kids, along with the instructors:
As always, some of the adults were late, so we took an extra shot with them. Don’t ask me why there are several off to one side…
I must say that it is truly an honor to share Kokikai Aikido with such a great group of people. I’ve had so many people come up to me and say that they could study a martial art anywhere, but that they like our dojo because it’s a community. Even parents, who don’t train, tell me that one of their favorite parts of their day is stting in our waiting area, chatting with other parents, while their kids are in class.
It is, quite simply, an amazing and humbling experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.