Joshua Layton Leads RFA's 2nd Anniversary Seminar

Joshua Layton Leads RFA's 2nd Anniversary Seminar

Joshua Layton (5th Dan, Shidoin, Montérégie Aikikai) led a 2-day Aikido Seminar in celebration of Roaring Fork Aikikai's Second Anniversary on June 22nd and 23rd.

Thanks to our friends and family, including guests from Florida, Georgia, and all over Colorado, who made it a great event. And thanks to Dan Oldenburg for the high quality photography.

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Teaching Aikido After School at Aspen Chapel

Teaching Aikido After School at Aspen Chapel

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.

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2019 Kagami Biraki

2019 Kagami Biraki

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. 

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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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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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