Saturday, January 28, 2012

49er post mortum and the power bill

Last weekend was the last game of a great season for our local team. The feeling here is that the better team did not win. But even with the disappointment of last weekend's defeat, it was a glorious year. We got to follow a team with a lot of toughness and intelligence. To observe Alex Smith rise from the ashes and begin to demonstrate what he is capable of. Hopefully that will continue next season and equally hopefully they find some wide receivers who can make plays. I expect the success of this past season to continue and be sustained. But still a tough loss.

I sent an e-mail out to the dojo mailing list about the power bill, which finally arrived. And much bigger than expected. Our space, which we share with jujitsu, generated a bill in 2011 of almost $9,000, of which we pay half. We had a fundraiser last November, which generated a little over $2,000. I was expecting to pay somewhere up to a thousand from dojo reserves. But the bill exceeded expectations by 50%. It was explained to me by the building manager that this is an old old building which unfortunately eats power. It seems however this is increasing at an alarming rate.

So we are looking for both short and long term solutions. In the short term I am highlighting the February 8th Wednesday night special class with Mary Heiny sensei(6:30 to 8:30pm here at the San Jose dojo, cost $30). With a solid turnout of 40 we pay off 60% of the remaining bill. If we managed 60 we would pay the whole thing off. So I am asking dojo members to prioritize making the class. And here are a couple of other points:

1. If you have friends who have trained at the dojo and keep talking about getting back on the mat, this would be a great event for them to participate in and get going again.

2. If you have friends from other dojos in the area please encourage them to make the class. A good turnout from other dojos would help us get to 60.

3. If you are a member of another dojo in the area and are reading this blog, please come join us for this class and help us slay this monster.

4. If you are out of area consider a donation in the amount of the workshop price(or any amount) and it could be offered as a scholarship for students wanting to attend but financially challenged. If you would like the donation to be tax deductible that can be arranged. Contact me at

And remember, Mary Heiny sensei is an incredible aikidoist and teacher who offers great insights on the art for all those who will attend. She was lucky enough to be at Hombu dojo for the last period of Osensei's life. She pretty much opened up the Shingu dojo run at that time by Hikitsuchi sensei to foreigners. I was privileged to be among the first foreigners to live full time there and to train full time at that dojo. And I could not have done that without her assistance and support.

I consider her one of my truest friends in the art and a great resource for all engaging in the study of aikido. I would not be who I am today without her. So by all means put this on your calendar.

I am including a new video(musical by Dennis and me). It is a departure from some of our stuff which is basically freeform. "Deep Purple" is a cute jazz tune in Chet Baker's repertoire that we have been tossing back and forth for a couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy it.


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