018) December 18, 2008: Year in Review and Thanks
I have been spending time reflecting on this past year. The year of 2008 has been the second year of operation for this dojo. It has been a fruitful year! The year began with the first year anniversary party in which Shihan Imaizumi put on an Aikido demonstration. I think that the students, families and friends enjoyed watching me get tossed to and fro! We had a wonderful seminar taught by GeorgeLedyard Sensei in March. The dojo was closed for one week in April when I traveled to Japan to strengthen my relationship with Ushiro Sensei. Our school hosted Ushiro Sensei in April and October of this year.
Our dojo has both grown in size and in experience of the students. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to train each and every student of this school. It has been a wonderful experience to watch the growth of all of the students. I am proud to see what the students have accomplished in their own development inAikido. Other positive changes have been adding and expanding noontime classes and starting this blog as a weekly adjunct to our training.
I look forward to the continued growth of our school. I would like to see our classes continue to grow in size and deepen in the quality of the students. We are creating a stronger community which only helps to make the experiences in our school more meaningful. We will be celebrating the completion of our second year and start of our third year on Saturday, January 10, 2008. Shihan Imaizumi will be in attendance and will enjoy watching us put on an Aikido demonstration. We will be hosting Ushiro Sensei in May and October, will host Ledyard Sensei in June, and I am trying to arrange for another well-known martial artist to teach a seminar in November.
I am personally committing myself to training harder this year. I want to be able to provide the best quality teaching to every student. I do not present myself as the “answer” but just a person ahead of the other students on a road called “Aikido.” I look forward to sharing my own upcoming realizations with all of you.
There is no magic, just a lot of time spend in sincere training. I look forward training with everybody in 2009!
Happy New Year!
Marc Abrams Sensei