Sopris Sun pays Roaring Fork Aikikai a Visit

Sopris Sun pays Roaring Fork Aikikai a Visit

Sopris Sun reporter Megan Tackett, thanks for paying Roaring Fork Aikikai a visit last week.  Nice article - captures what it's like to first take an aikido class.  We like a reporter who experiences her subject matter first hand.

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Sensei Mike Jones Attains Rank of Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Mike Jones Attains Rank of Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)

Congratulations to Roaring Fork Aikikai Chief Instructor Mike Jones for achieving the rank of Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt), granted by the United States Aikido Federation (USAF).  Mike was invited to test during the USAF Winter Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2017. 

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Congratulations to Nathan on 9th Kyu!

Congratulations to Nathan on 9th Kyu!

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!

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Kids Classes Expand to Ages 5 to 8, Led by Ann O'Brien

Kids Classes Expand to Ages 5 to 8, Led by Ann O'Brien

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.  

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First Live Streaming Aikido Class

First Live Streaming Aikido Class

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!

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Welcoming C-pher to Lead the Kids' Class Program for Ages 8-14

Welcoming C-pher to Lead the Kids' Class Program for Ages 8-14

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.

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Buildout nearly complete!

Buildout nearly complete!

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.

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