A small group of dojo members visited the Samuri exhibit at the Frist on November 19th. It is truly a beautiful exhibit. Even my 80-something year old mother enjoyed it. You may remember that some of the elaborate helmets that were on display were made by the Saotome family. While at the Aiki Shrine dojo this weekend, Saotome Sensei was pointing out a full suit of armor in his studio. I told him about the exhibit and asked if his family might have made those helmets. He confirmed that members of his family had been armourers, helmet-makers, and sword-makers. Pretty cool to see something that might have been made by one of his ancestors. And, no, Jacques is not that short.
A big thank you to Scott’s son for taking some great pictures at keiko prior to the museum trip and a the museum afterwards. Check out the new picture of Mary Sensei on the website!
It being the holidays, please consider donating to our holiday charity, The Shade Tree Clinic. As you will recall, this is a medical student run, free clinic for the citizens of Nashville. They do great work for the uninsured in our community. If you have any questions, you can ask Marta or check out their website: shadetreeclinic.org. Donations can be given to Mary Sensei, Marta, or left in the box. Please make checks out to Nashville Aikikai (indicate that it is a donation to Shade Tree). No, you cannot do PayPal. Mary Sensei will make a single donation in the name of the dojo after the first of the year. If you haven’t seen it, there is a thank you card on the bulletin board from last year’s donation.
Mark is just back from training with Ikeda Sensei in Costa Rica. Marta spent this past weekend at the Aiki Shrine Dojo training with Saotome Sensei and Messores Sensei. As we make our New Year’s resolutions, consider trying to get to a seminar this year. What a great way to learn from world class instructors, train with new people, and make new friends in aikido. Below is a list of some seminars coming up in the area – if you know of others, please let me know:
12/26/16 – 1/1/17: ASU Winter Intensive, St. Petersburg Beach, FL
1/20-1/22/17: Mary Heiny Sensei, Shindai Dojo, Orlando, FL
1/27-1/29/17: Bill Gleason Sensei, Cleveland Aikikai, Cleveland, OH
2/17-2/19/17: John Messores Sensei, The Dojo of Nashville, Nashville, TN
3/24-3/26/17: Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, Nashville Aikikai, Nashville, TN
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year.