Aikido Center of Jacksonville
Dojo Newsletter May 2009

Children's Class Kyu Tests
Sensei has announced that kyu testing will take place on Saturday, June 13, during the regular children's class.  She has also requested that our adult students show up early that day, to give their encouragement and support. 

As an aside, I would like to say how proud I am of our youngest students.  I was very pleasantly surprised when I filled in recently as the substitute instructor, and saw how rapidly everyone had progressed.  Good luck!

Adult Class Kyu Tests
Our next kyu testing for our adult students will take place on Saturday, July 11 at 12:15pm.  As always, Friday night open mat classes are the best way to prepare for your test.

Upcoming Seminars
On June 27 and 28, Grady Lane Sensei of Brevard Aikikai will host Robert Zimmerman Shihan of Toronto Aikikai.  Zimmerman Shihan is one of the highest ranking Aikido instructors in the United States, and is a member of the technical committee of the United States Aikido Federation. 

Download the flyer and registration form and get ready for a great seminar.  (If you register by June 15, you can also save $10.)  Interested?  I hope so!


Student Calendar
We are pleased to announce a new addition to the website – an interactive student calendar.  Unlike the class calendar, which we use to communicate our instructors' teaching schedule, the student calendar is designed to offer a wider scope.  Geared for student to student communication, the calendar allows our members to relay information to other members in a calendar format.  For example, students can coordinate training for open mat classes, arrange for carpools to seminars, and even post requests to instructors.  If you plan on taking a vacation, and wish to notify your fellow students, the calendar is a good way to let us know.  Or if you wanted to bring a guest to the dojo, you can easily mark the date for us to see.  We also intend to post important dates on the calendar, such as seminars, kyu testing, and student birthdays.  Essentially, the calendar is for all things dojo related.  Please keep in mind, however, that this is a calendar, and not a forum, and is intended as a scheduling convenience.  (Of course, if you wish to sound off, you can always take it to Tonya's blog.)

We've done our best to limit access to the calendar, without making the whole endeavor too cumbersome.  The calendar is located on our login page, which requires a username and password.  (Can't remember yours?  Let us know.)  Having said that, nothing posted on the internet is ever truly private.  Please only post items that you wouldn't mind making public, to people outside the dojo.

So...How does this thing work?  It's really easy.  To add or modify events, simply click on the date and follow the prompts.  That's it!  The calendar even recognizes html for all you web jockeys out there.  (If you want to get really fancy, such as adding periodic events or event categories, I'll refer you to the detailed instructions.)


Movie Night
Barring any last minute conflicts, we've decided to schedule the first movie night for Saturday, June 13 at 7:30pm.  Fittingly, we will be enjoying Twilight Samurai, a film about Seibei Iguchi, a conflicted samurai in the Tokugawa Shogunate.  And yeah, the movie is awesome.  Don't believe me?  Check out the Rotten Tomatoes reviews.

We'll project the movie on our back wall, which will (hopefully) create a panoramic experience.  We'll supply the popcorn, free of charge, and have movie theater style candy available for purchase.  Of course, we'll have our usual assortment of soft drinks available in our dojo refrigerator.  To help defray the costs of the projector, we're asking for a $5.00 donation at the door.  What a deal!

If you plan on coming, please let us know.

Summer Promotion
Our summer promotion is in full swing.  In a nutshell, the promotion is a great way to save on tuition while helping us grow the school.  Can't remember the details?  We've got you covered.  Check out the nitty gritty in our April newsletter.