News and Events
Friends of Capitol Hill Aikikai,
As of Monday, November 2, our dojo has a new home -- Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church at 201 4th Street, SE in Washington, DC.
Our new home has several features that we think make it attractive. First, it is very accessible -- a short walk from both the Capitol South and Eastern Market Metro Stations, plus on several bus routes, including the Circulator bus line. Also, the practice room is both large and open, without overhead obstructions that make weapons training especially challenging for our taller students. Third, we are just a block away from several restaurants and bars for the post-practice social hour.
Of course, nothing is perfect, and in this case, the "price" of moving is changing our practice schedule. Starting in November, we will hold practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, with a few exceptions. Please check the Class Schedule and Dojo Calendar to confirm our schedule for any particular night.
We want to thank our old host, the Parish of St. Monica and St. James, for providing us a home for seven years. It doesn't seem like it has been that long, but we are happy that our experiment with starting an aikido dojo in downtown Washington DC has worked out so well.
As always, you are more than welcome to come visit us at our new home, and if you wish, train with us. We will be moving our mats on Monday night, and then holding a short practice before a post-practice celebration. Feel free to join us!
Meipo and Mike Martin
instructors at Capitol Hill Aikikai
Our trip in April to see Endo Sensei in Toronto at the Naka Ima Aikido dojo was a success! We are definitely looking forward to more international aikido trips in the future.
April has been a busy news month!
First, congratulations to our dojo! For the second year in a row we placed as a Runner Up in the Best of D.C. 2015 Reader's Poll for Best Martial Arts Classes! Thank you everyone who voted for us!
Second, we hope you get a chance to read an excellent article about us in this month's Hill Rag: Aikido Brings Harmony to Life!
Thanks again to everyone who helps to make our dojo a success!
Women's Self Defense Workshop - a community service project by the membership of Capitol Hill Aikikai
The link for registration is now active! Please click on this link to Eventbrite to register.
Space is limited so you must register to attend.
Dates: 7 - 8 pm, April 9 and 16 (Thursday)
Venue: 222, 8th St NE, Washington, DC (Upper Parish Hall, Parish of St Monica & St James)
Based on concepts in Aikido and other martial arts, the course will entail awareness development and the practice of simple self defense techniques in pairs.
This course is free of charge, but a suggested donation of $10 will be collected for Calvary Women's Services, a local charity for women's welfare.
Calvary Women’s Services provides housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in DC to change their lives.
Also in partnership with the National Association of Asian American Professionals.
This year's Best of DC Readers' Poll is now open! Please vote for Capitol Hill Aikikai for Best Martial Arts Classes! Last year we were a runner up, so let's see how well we can do this year!
Lots of dojo news to share. Here they are in no particular order!
Mike is now a Shidoin!
Yesterday we received in the mail a shidoin (instructor) certificate for Mike from the USAF. This officially allows Mike to promote students to ikkyu (first kyu) on his own. It has been a significant year for Mike in the USAF, as he was also promoted to godan (5th degree black belt).
Women's Self Defense Class in the Works
Amelia, Jolie, Meipo, Meredith, and Sam have begun making plans for a women's self defense class to be held at the Parish Hall sometime this spring. Details are still on the works, but the committee is quite active in making plans.
Special Practice Offer from Meipo
Meipo would like to offer to pair up as someone's partner for an entire class from time to time. If you are interested in a bit of more intensive training with Meipo, please let her know before class begins. If more than one person asks, she will pair with the person for whom it has been the longest time since such an intensive practice was held.
Night Practice This Week
Finally, it is the first week of the month, so don't forget we have practice, starting at .
That's it for now. Hope to see you soon on the mat!
Meipo and Mike
Join us this coming Saturday (September 27) at the Barracks Row Street festival in Washington, DC. The festival runs from 10:00 to 5:00 pm and is located on 8th Street SE south of Pennsylvania Ave (near the Eastern Market Metro station). Same as last year, we will have a booth and do some Aikido demonstrations throughout the day.
Additionally, this year we'll be on the main stage at 10:45 AM!
If you have a chance, stop by and visit us.
Every year the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) runs a week long series of seminars called Summer Camp. Since Capitol Hill Aikikai recently affiliated with the USAF, many of us decided to attend. This year, in particular, was special as it was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York Aikikai led by Yamada Sensei, a direct student of O-Sensei and the President of the USAF. Summer Camp was packed with aikido classes from morning to evening (even 6 AM classes for early birds!) and we all were able to get a lot of practice in, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones. We'll be looking forward to next year!
Capitol Hill Aikikai at the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) Summer Camp in New Jersey.
Did you get your copy of the 2014 Fagon Community Guide for Capitol Hill? You may have noticed some photos of us from the 2013 Barracks Row Festival in the Health & Fitness section!
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