It was indeed a busy weekend. Yesterday(Saturday) Aikido of San Jose did a demonstration at the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. Our special thanks to Andrew Le for contacting the right people and setting it up. To Harry Concepcion, Shin Tsurushima, Matt Laine, Andrew, and Meng Ear for participating. And to Sasha for his camera work. Thanks to him we have a video to attach to this blog. After the demo we all enjoyed a little time in the sun in what was a truly gorgeous day.
Today started early. I went up to San Francisco to teach the morning class at City Aikido. And then after class headed back to San Jose for our Osensei Memorial Training. I arrived about the middle of the second class. It was a good turnout and people seemed to train well and to enjoy the classes and the ceremonies.
At the beginning of the ceremonies Bob Noha sensei did a beautiful presentation of Osensei’s Suuuuu….. chant. Linda Holiday sensei followed that up with the Amatsu Norito and the names of the kami. I did the Kami Goto. And we ended with some sound meditation with Linda sensei’s Bell. All in all it was a beautiful day.
Betsy Hill sensei was unable to make it today. My thanks to Frank Silvey sensei for saving the day and taking the first class. And my sincere thanks to all of you who supported the event. It is much appreciated.
So I am currently in the office late unwinding and writing this blog. It was truly a day to share with friends and students and to bask in the glow of the Founder’s message. And a day to re-dedicate oneself to one’s training and one’s life purpose and mission. Again, thank you all very much.