A New Year’s Message from Mary Sensei

The dojo is off to a good start for 2020. Nine of us went to winter camp, had a great time, and hope to go back next year. We should have a new mat canvas in the near future. The new eight week Intro Session, with a new outline for the instructors, will start Monday Jan. 13th. And this Friday is Kagami Biraki. 
Please come join us this Friday evening. After class we’ll have a brief Kagami Biraki Mochi ceremony, which will be followed by dinner at the dojo with food from Calypso. Kumiko was kind enough to make mochi for us this year.  Since she won’t be available Friday evening, Mit has agreed to walk us through the ceremony. This is the first time we’ve had Kagami Mochi in our dojo and it’s great that we’re able to do it with homemade mochi. Feel free to bring your family. If practical, please let me know in the next 24 hours if you’re bringing family members and how many will be coming, so we can be sure to have enough food. 
This is a good time for each of us to decide on a focus for our training. It may be something you want to focus on for a month, a year, or any other length of time. It may be a principle, general area of training, technique, etc. When possible, you may want to work with others who are focusing on the same thing or something similar. This can be something that applies to everything you do on the mat, such as martial awareness; or something you work on before/after class, such as randori.
As I mentioned above, a new Intro Session starts Monday. For some of us, getting to class more often would be a good focus. Please make it a point to come Mondays and Wednesdays for the next eight weeks. It’s important that new students get a chance to see some of the same dojo members over and over, and get to know you. 
Hope 2020 turns into a great year for each of you,

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