We are happy to report our week-long testing in April went smoothly in all three classes. All students invited to test passed onto the next level. Congratulations everyone for your dedicated training.
As April came to a close, we were glad to recognize another student from the youth class to receive the Spirit Award in the month of April. Heather Nguyen started aikido a little more than 6 months ago and each class she brings a spirit of joy to our training. Heather is able to flow with ease and grace in her movement due to her wonderful attitude. She doesn’t get discouraged when techniques don’t come easily or when she makes a mistake. She just giggles light-heartedly and keeps on training. O-sensei emphasized that true aikido is expressed in the spirit of joy and Heather has certainly set a great example for us all.
We’ve also heard some amazing stories of how students from all three classes have “miraculously” improved the quality of their lives as a result of aikido. Last night the parent of a 6-year old aiki-kid informed us how his daughter’s math grade sky-rocked since she started training with us. Her autism no longer isolates her from interacting with other children. She is becoming more and more comfortable following guidance as well as expressing her needs. Another boy in the same class were not able to pay attention for more than 5 seconds can now stay focused in school and at home. He is setting a great example for his little brother to follow. We are touched by these stories and are looking forward to more!
Enjoy the month of May and happy training everyone!