In January, the senior members of the dojo established a non-profit society, called White Pines Aikido Association (WPAA), in order to help in the operation and management of the dojo.
Roland and Marcia are founding members of the society, and will continue to manage the daily operations of the dojo. Other senior members have stepped in to help with behind the scenes management, such as advertising, budgeting, and fundraising, as well as membership and community outreach (like our newsletter). If you have questions about the society, or ideas for fundraising events, please call the dojo.
We just wrapped up winter term with kids seminar (Gasshuku).
About 15 kids from the Slocan Valley and Nelson, ages 7-15 and belts (Obi) white to blue, had 2 long classes every day with Jean Rene Sensei and Roland Sensei, with play time and delicious meals in between. Those who stayed over night enjoyed a pillow fight. That was a great ending to the Winter Session.
This photo is from a kids’ gasshuku held on 2012. Imagine how tall and strong all these kids are today!
At the end of the Gassuku the kids were tested and some of them got new belts. Others got a stripe on their belt to signify a new level within that belt.
Adults Gassuku was a longer one and took a whole weekend (Fri night to Monday morning) on early February. Participants came from the valley, Nelson, Victoria and Vancouver.
Adults gasshuku is pretty much like kids gasshuku, just without the pillow fight. There were long classes, potlucks, outdoor activities and testings.
This photo is not from the last adults gasshuku but it surely gives you some clue about the fun they are having there.
The next adult gassuku will be held in Victoria on the weekend of May 30. Call Rebecca to arrange carpool. (2502267693).