This winter Roaring Fork Aikikai instructors Chris Bergerud and Ann O’Brien, and their kids’ class assistants Simon, Lautaro and Nahuel, introduced Aikido to the kids at the Aspen Chapel “Connect” After School program. The community programs at Aspen Chapel are truly world class - we were happy to be part of it.Read More
Thanks to everyone for joining us at Kagami Biraki, our Japanese New Year celebration. Kagami Biraki, or “Opening the Mirror,” is practiced by many Japanese martial arts dojos as a way to celebrate the first training of the year. We started with a thorough cleaning of the dojo, followed by two aikido classes, and then a potluck celebration at the dojo. While this was not our first official training of the year, it was a great opportunity to refresh and honor the space we train in to bring in the new year.
As we enter our second year here in the Roaring Fork Valley we celebrate not only the dojo that we are so lucky to have but the community that we are all building within its walls.Read More
Roaring Fork Aikikai Chief Instructor Mike Jones joined Senseis Jaime Kahn, Sam Taitel and Keith Lit as guest instructors at Florida Aikido Center's 10th Anniversary Seminar in Tampa, Florida. Contact the owner and Chief Instructor at Florida Aikido Center, Gina Boccolucci at (813) 410-1904 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.Read More
Thanks to the renowned Carbondale Mountain Fair for inviting Roaring Fork Aikikai to provide an aikido demonstration, and to all who participated and showed support. We started off with members of our little kids' program rolling and leaping across the mat, dodging foam swords and demonstrating blending techniques and the corner drop throw. A representative of the big kids' program showed everyone that technique and focus can overcome big size differences. Mike Jones Sensei and C-pher Bair demonstrated weapons and weapons takeaways, and Mike, C-pher and Ann O'Brien demonstrated jiyu waza, or freestyle techniques from various attacks.
See you next year Carbondale Mountain Fair!Read More
Congratulations to Nathan for achieving 9th Kyu Green Belt. In addition to demonstrating proficiency in the curriculum for 9th Kyu as well as 10th kyu (https://www.rfaikikai.com/kidstests/), Nathan's been helping out in the little kids' classes and has been active in adult classes as well. Nice work Nathan!Read More
Roaring Fork Aikikai is pleased to announce that we are expanding kids' classes to ages 5 to 8, with classes led by Ann O'Brien. A 30 minute class for kids ages 5 to 8 will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 4:30 PM, just preceding the ages 8 to 14 kids' class.Read More
Thanks for all who participated in our first Facebook Live streaming video of Roaring Fork Aikikai's Saturday Aikido class. Over 1700 views and counting, with comments from friends watching live from Ireland, Morocco, Cyprus and Japan!Read More
We're very happy to announce that C-pher Bair is now leading our ages 8-14 Kids' Aikido program. A couple years ago C-pher decided that to help build a strong aikido program in the valley, he'd just develop them from childhood! Some of his students are now training with us and looking awesome.Read More
Great time at the Grand Opening seminar! Thanks so much for everyone who came to participate and watch. We really appreciated that our friends from Boulder, New York and Atlanta traveled out, and that there was so much support from the Roaring Fork Valley aikido community.Read More
It's starting to feel real. Buildout is days from completion now. A thousand loose ends, but Mike and I took our first rolls and breakfalls on the new foam-padded plywood underfloor we built, and it felt pretty good! Put some mats on top, we've got a dojo... Highlights in the space are the bigassfan, which is MORE than enough to cool down the space, the backlit 'lantern' wall above the kamiza, wood paneling on the kamiza wall developed in the manner of the traditional Japanese charred cedar technique of shou sugi ban, and a sweet (!) reception desk / bar, which will get much use after class.Read More