New Denver class schedule

Spring 2017, White Pines student Rebecca continues to lead kids and adult basics classes at the Community Fitness Centre in New Denver, BC.

Little Kids class (3-5 years old) 12 – 1:00pm Sundays

Young children learn basics of aikido movement including footwork and simple timing exercises through games and obstacle courses.

Young Kids class (6-10 years old) 1 – 2:00pm Sundays

Basics class with more emphasis on etiquette and technique, with evasion games and falling/rolling practice.

Adult Basics (15+) 6 – 7:30 pm Fridays

Learn the basic movements of aikido, including falling, rolling, footwork, and sword work through paired partner practice. Teens younger than 15 years are welcome with permission by instructor.

Please call Rebecca at 777-154six, or contact the main dojo.

New Denver Classes!

We are pleased to announce new classes offered in beautiful New Denver!

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Located at the Fitness Centre (401 Galena ave). Class times are as follows:

Fridays 6pm Adult Basics Class

Saturdays 10am 3-5 year olds, 11am 6-10 year olds. 

Parents of new students are encouraged to join the class until some etiquette is in place, for safety. Please email rebecca@whitepinesdojo.com with questions or to register. Bursaries are available with the kind support of the Villages of New Denver and Silverton.

Visiting Other Dojos: Pack your Gi!

The last few trips I have taken to visit family around Canada, I have always been so glad that I packed my gi. Since beginning my aikido training, about seven years ago, I’ve always been welcomed to train in a dojo I visit. In November I visited Big Rock Dojo in Calgary, and arrived during a great seminar over the weekend. I got more training than I had hoped for!

The benefits of visiting other dojos include everything from new perspective on techniques you thought you understood (ha!), new friends & connections, a different training environment & etiquette, and a better sense of how your training style fits in with the overall aikido network.

I think the key to gaining these benefits is humility, humility, humility. I try to mimic senior students of the dojos I visit, in order to show proper respect for how things are done. It’s amazing how the manners and etiquette of our dojo transfer to any other place I go. I know how to practice with people and generally what to expect, even if the language of instruction is different.

When I return to White Pines, I am motivated and inspired to continue my training. My hope for our dojo is that we can host some aikidoka (students) visiting from other dojos around the world, so that we can learn from them and inspire them in their own training.

Next time you go on a trip, pack that gi, even if it takes up too much space! It will be worth it if you get a chance to make new friends, as inevitably you will by making the effort to visit and train somewhere new.

 

– Rebecca Sargent is an intermediate student at White Pines, and a member of the WPAA board.