2020: What's Your Ikigai?*
What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?
Ikigai: Your Reason for Being
According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep inquiry and lengthy ‘search of self’ – a search which is highly regarded. The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means “the realisation of what one expects and hopes for”. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:
What you Love (your passion)
What the World Needs (your mission)
What you are Good at (your vocation)
What you can get Paid for (your profession)
The word ikigai, that space in the middle of these four elements, is seen as the source of value or what make one’s life truly worthwhile. In Okinawa, Japan, ikigai is thought of as “a reason to get up in the morning”. Even if we are moving through a dark or challenging time, if we are moving with purpose, if we are feeling called toward something or have a clear goal in mind, we may still experience ikigai. Often the behaviors that make us feel ikigai are not the ones we are forced to take based on the expectations of the world around us, but rather they are the natural actions and spontaneous responses that emerge from a deep and direct connection to life.
(Excerpt by Chip Richards, Uplift )
Hatsu Keiko Theme
See you on the Mat!
Winter 2019 News from the Mat
"Balance is a feeling derived from being whole and complete; it's a sense of harmony. It is essential to maintaining quality in life." — Joshua Osenga
9am-3pm: Veteran's Day Kids Samurai Challenge Camp
There will not be a 5pm Kids class
Closed for Thanksgiving
9:30am: Kids Belt Tests
5pm: Annual Party & Auction
5:30pm: Kids Demo
Dojo Closed for Holiday Break
6pm Special New Year's Eve Practice (friends and family welcome to participate.)
SAVE THE DATE
Jan. 20, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Kids Aikido Camp, 9am-3pm
Annual Winter Party
Dec. 7, 5pm
This year's annual party and fundraiser on Dec. 7th will include a silent auction, kids aikido demos, and presentation on "the power to tenkan in your daily life." Please invite family and friends to join us for this lively and fun evening!
Seattle Aikikai is a 501(c)3 non-profit dojo, and we rely on donations that we raise at this fundraiser to subsidize our programs and scholarship fund.
All Things Aikido with special guest Malory Graham from Seattle Aikikai, Nov. 6, 2019
November 2019 News from the Mat
“Balance is a feeling derived from being whole and complete; it’s a sense of harmony.
It is essential to maintaining quality in life.”
– Joshua Osenga
10am Monthly Theme Class
11am Instructor Lab
1-3pm Ukemi Workshop
9am-3pm Veteran’s Day
Kids Samurai Challenge Camp
(5pm Kids class is cancelled)
Closed for Thanksgiving
Save the Date
10am Guest Instructor Class
12pm Kyu testing
5pm Annual Party & Silent Auction
September 2019 News from the Mat
“You can never know what you are fully made of until you start to do the things that fear you the most.”
― Edmond Mbiaka
Aug 31-Sept 2
Dojo closed for Holiday Weekend
Kids Classes start
10 am First Saturday Theme Class
11 am Dojo Cleaning Party
10am Open House
Friends and family of all ages are invted to a free aikido class and demonstration. We will combine adults and kids aikido and offer easy introductory exercises for everyone to participate in as well as more advanced demos of aikido and weapons training. Come share what you love about aikido and have fun helping others try something new!
11:30 am to 1 pm Instructor’s Lab: Designing a Great Aikido Class
An exploration of the pedagogy of teaching aikido. What makes a good teacher? What makes for a great class? From warm-ups to your last technique, we will explore how to design a class with impact. For yudansha or by invitation.
5:30pm Kids test
7pm Adults test
8pm Kyu Tests followed by Social Waza
Yoshimitsu Yamada at Aikido of Santa Barbara