Fall 2013 Welcome
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Fall Semester is upon us again! That means there are new faces on campus and some of our friends from last spring are back as well. It also brings us back together for Aikido practice! Welcome back everyone!
Just to remind you about our schedule, we still meet Mon. and Wed. at 7:30p at Montoya's shorin Kempo Karate School. Our club dues for the semester are $145 for students at Blinn College or Texas A&M. This includes your belt exam fee at the end of the semester.
This semester our practice will be led by Uehara Sensei, a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido, who instructs with Sensei Black at the Woodlands Aikido Center. When Uehara Sensei is not able to be present a senior student will lead class, this will be either our resident first degree black belt Vahid Faghihi or a first kyu student. We are also privilidged to have Samantha Bradley joining us as Sempai.
Please come out and reconnect with us at the dojo. We have missed y'all during the summer and would love to practice with you.
Also, the MSC Open House is Sunday September 1st. Place it on your calendars so you can come and help us recruit some new faces.
Thanks and gig'em,
TAMU AIkido Treasurer
Aikido is about blending rather than struggling. It is a "discipline of coordination" that combines timing and technique, rather than brute strength and size, to find harmony in conflict. Aikido is highly effective as a form of self-defense for men, women and children of all shapes and sizes, and provides a great workout!
TAMU Aikido is the only club of its kind within about 75 miles of the Bryan/College-Station area, and features outstanding biweekly two-hour training sessions with Chief Instructor Michael Black Sensei. Black Sensei is affiliated with the Aikido Kobayashi Dojo of Japan and is Dojocho of The Aikido Center of The Woodlands.
Individuals of all levels, from beginner to advanced, may participate.
We hold classes at Montoya's Shorin Kempo Karate school. Hanshi Montoya holds advanced degrees in several martial arts and also teaches children's classes and beginner adults.
The summer is coming rapidly to a close and the Fall semester is approaching. There are several things that need our attention as school starts up again.
First, Dr. Aaron Hill and Vahid Faghihi, will be testing for their shodan on August 17th, 2013. Come back to College Station early so we can all go to the Woodlands dojo and help our friends out by being uke! Please put it on your calendar and check the facebook page.
Second, We have put ourselves in the Gig'em Week pamphlet for this fall. We are sponsoring a self defense class on Monday August 19th, 2013 for anyone who is interested. This is a great tool for our club to recruit with. please show up in force to help Sensei black and Sensei Uehara with this class.
Third, and not least, is the MSC Open House. This is the big one. most of our new students come from this event. It is September 1st in the MSC. We will have a demo time and we will pass more information along as it becomes available.
Thanks and gig'em
To all the visitors at the MSC Open house yesterday,
Thanks for stopping by our table, talking with our roaming recruiters, or even just taking a flyer as you walked through the halls. We are very appreciative of your intrest in our club and, we want to make you feel at home in our dojo.
We are now starting our Regular semester classes, they are at 7:45- 9:45 pm monday and wednesday at Montoya's Shorin Kempo karate school. (directions can be found on this website) We would love to welcome you at our dojo and training session.
Please feel free to come and watch, or even particiate for two classes with no obligation. We want you to be sure you are comfortable in the training and in the dojo.
Thanks again for stopping by the Open House and we hope to see you soon at the dojo.
-Texas A&M University Aikido
The semester is about to gear up here at Texas A&M. This means that all of our students should be headed back to Aggieland soon!
I wanted to take this chance to let you all know that there are exciting things happening with the club even BEFORE classes start.
First, on August 24-25th the ExCEL group (Excellence uniting Culture, Education and, Leadership) is holding a new student conference and has asked us to do a brief demonstration and man an information booth.
Second, is the big MSC fall open house. This is on Sept 2nd and it will be back in the MSC! We will need lots of help with this one.
Please, please, PLEASE, help show support for Texas A&M Aikido and volunteer some time to these great chances to further our club!
Howdy guys and girls!
Summer Aikido classes are in full swing. Same place same time. Bring yourself and a friend and let's have fun learning some Aikido this summer.
Hope to see some old faces and new ones.
Queena spoke with Sensei tonight and the dates for the rank examinations are NEXT WEEK. April 23rd and 25th. Sensei has contated most of us that are eligible for promotion. If you have not been contacted or discussed your situation with sensei please come to class on monday. If you are in a situation where you are not eligible for promotion at this time please join us anyway. People doing their examinations will need lots of uke to demonstrate with also, get a sneak peek into what awaits you when you get promoted!
I hope to see you all next week as we wrap up another successful semester at the Texas A&M University Aikido Club!
Here are our Aikido Guildliness with courtesy to Joe Cerney:
In keeping with the objectives of the TAMU Aikido club, the following guidelines have been established. These are an essential part of the training. The success of the school is dependent on everyone showing respect for the teachers, the school, and other students.
There is a class prior to the TAMU Aikido class. It is essential that we show them the respect they deserve.
For this semester's social even we are participating in Big Event! It will be a nice way to get to know each other, have fun together, spread awareness about the club, and help out the community. Big event is on March 24, 2012. Emails with more details will be sent out by our new social chair, Ariel.
Thanks and Gig'em