Albuquerque Iwama Aikido

Albuquerque Iwama Aikido

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Fun fact: in ancient Japan, feudal samurai would record themselves practicing kata whenever it snowed.
Evening, My name is Juan Ortiz. I did come by before the dojo was opened back in January. If it's possible, I would like to come to attend your Adult Class tomorrow evening Tuesday 7/17/18. May back ground has been in Aikido, Karate, Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai. Thank you. Juan Ortiz
Awesome training at the dojo.
Wonderful Grand Opening today.
Come One! Come All! Kid's Classes On the Way! :)
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Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is a group of Aikido practitioners in Albuquerque. , NM Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is a group of new and experienced aikido practitioners or aikidōkas in the Albuquerque area led by Sensei Paul Barrett.

We are located at 4312 Lomas BLVD NE, near Lomas and Washington and next to Grassroots Yoga.

Operating as usual

08/11/2022

Big congratulations to Leo and Olly on obtaining their 10th kyu and belt stripe!

Great job guys!

07/29/2022

Fred is still out of town so Charles Neal Sensei will teach a basics class Monday evening from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Paul

Photos from Albuquerque Iwama Aikido's post 06/12/2022

Some images from Our Friendship Seminar yesterday. Thanks to all the instructors and attendees, particularly those that travel large distances to train with us!

06/10/2022

Hoa Newens Shihan, November 4 - 6, 2022. Limited enrollment!

05/23/2022

Patrick is out of town this Tuesday so Nicholas will be teaching the class. It will be moved to 6:00- 7:00 pm this week only.

05/10/2022

Kim Peuser Shihan Seminar - Austin Iwama Aikido
July 29th to 31st, 2022

Friday - 6pm to 8pm
Saturday - 9:30am to 4:30pm (with a lunch break)
Saturday Party - 6pm to 9pm
Sunday - 10am to 1pm

Registration now via this link:
https://form.jotform.com/mbj30125/peuser-sensei-aikido-clinic
Discounted price of $150 if you register before June 1st. From June 1st onward, the price is $175.

04/12/2022

Just a reminder we have a Children’s class from 4:30 - 5:15 today. The evening class has been moved for today only, to 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Nicholas will be teaching as I have a previous engagement.

Paul

04/12/2022

This weekend I was informed that a good friend of mine suddenly passed away. His memorial service, that I will attend, will be in Tucson on May 14, the day of our scheduled Friendship Seminar.

After consulting with Kim Peuser, I’ve decided to move the seminar to Saturday, June 11th.

I apologize if this inconveniences you.

Thanks for your understanding.

Paul Barrett

04/07/2022

Patrick Sensei will be out of town next Tuesday so I’ll be teaching the adult aikido class and move it to 5:30.

Please be aware the Children’s Class will end at 5:15 and only parents are allowed int he dressing room with the kids. Currently we have no girls in the class but you should come either in your gi or be prepared to change in one of the bathrooms.

Paul

04/05/2022

Nicholas, Charles, and Thomas, are doing a great job rebuilding our kid’s aikido classes! We’re growing quickly with new and previous students!

03/31/2022

Starting next Wednesday, April 6, Sensei Paulina and I will be teaching a weekly weapons class from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Sensei Patrick's Tuesday evening, 8:00 - 9:00 weapons classes will continue.

Paul

03/30/2022

The kids helped Sensei Nicholas come up with these rules in the first class of our resurrected Children’s Program.

03/30/2022

Great first Children’s class last night. Thanks to Nicholas for organizing and running it and Thomas and Charles for assisting.

03/27/2022

Just a reminder. Two free kid's aikido classes this week. Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 - 5:15. Great chance to see if your child has an interest.

CHILDREN'S AIKIDO IS BACK!!!!!

We’ve decided to restart of children’s program under the direction of Nicholas Johnson and with the assistance of Charles Neal, Thomas Kurucz and myself. Classes will be twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4:30 – 5:15. Children ages seven and up are welcome. If we have a large disparity in ages, we will divide the class and work with the students in appropriate sub-groups.

One of the criteria for our dojo is that everyone show proof of COVID vaccination status. That was also one of the reasons we delayed reopening our kid’s aikido program as vaccines have only recently been authorized for children ages five and up.

We also take the safety of our children very seriously. To ensure their safety, we run criminal background checks on all instructors and assistant instructors. Furthermore, instructors and assistants are required to complete SafeSport™, a program to protect and detect abuse used by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committees, https://uscenterforsafesport.org.

The first week of classes will begin Tuesday, March 29. We realize that after two years your child’s interest in aikido may have changed. Therefore, we will not charge March 29 and 31 classes.

Please note, prior to the first class you MUST show evidence of full COVID vaccination for both yourself and your child. We do not hold medical information so a simple photo on your phone of the vaccination cards will suffice.

Also, because we needed to reincorporate, you will be required to complete a new waiver for your child prior to the first class they attend so please arrive early.

We hope to see you on March 29th or later. If you intend to participate an RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

Domo arigato gozaimash*ta!

03/23/2022

This Thursday evening class will move from 7:45 pm to 5:30 pm. Charles Neal Sensei will teach the class.

We will return to the regular schedule next week.

Paul

‘In Aikido, there are no borders’: Petaluma’s Ginny Breeland says Aikido offers valuable life lessons 03/21/2022

‘In Aikido, there are no borders’: Petaluma’s Ginny Breeland says Aikido offers valuable life lessons

An article about my friend Ginny Breeland.

https://www.petaluma360.com/article/entertainment/another-perspective-in-aikido-there-are-no-borders/?artslide=6&fbclid=IwAR1Djf9YV3X2XmUVdDN35yNQ2uaEBuh1gVU33-LcDCUAbzqb-Yo8P_bzBjc

‘In Aikido, there are no borders’: Petaluma’s Ginny Breeland says Aikido offers valuable life lessons Local sensei believes martial art form could help the world to live in harmony.

03/21/2022

Albuquerque Iwama Aikido,

As most of you know, in addition to aikido, I dabble in a few other things. During the pandemic I’ve spent a lot more time working on the American Cane System with Grand Master Mark Shuey as I try to adapt cane movements to our aikido techniques and philosophy.

Anyway, Monday - Thursday, GM Shuey leads online cane training from 8:00 am - 9:30 am. When I’m in town I participate and stream these classes in the dojo. Charles Neal and Thomas Kurucz sometime join me.

Although they are 90-minute classes, the first hour and a quarter are devoted to stretching and balancing. GM Shuey is about to turn 75 and he has AMAZING flexibility and balance, far better than me.

GM Shuey does not charge for these sessions, but if you wish to advance in rank, you must join his organization and occasionally send in videos of your progress.

Irrespective of if you wish to advance in rank, any dojo member is welcome to join me for these morning session. I am not qualified to teach the American Cane System but I am happy to show you the fundamentals so that you will not feel lost in any of the sessions. If you want to give it a try, please email me because they days I attend from Albuquerque vary and I’ll need to let you know when I’ll be there. Should you eventually decide to attend regularly, I show you how to set up the dojo TV and computer to stream the sessions and you can participate when I am away from the dojo.

Paul

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Cane Masters Dojo Video On Demand 03/21/2022

Cane Masters Dojo Video On Demand

Albuquerque Iwama Aikido,

As most of you know, in addition to aikido, I dabble in a few other things. During the pandemic I’ve spent a lot more time working on the American Cane System with Grand Master Mark Shuey as I try to adapt cane movements to our aikido techniques and philosophy.

Anyway, Monday - Thursday, GM Shuey leads online cane training from 8:00 am - 9:30 am. When I’m in town I participate and stream these classes in the dojo. Charles Neal and Thomas Kurucz sometime join me.

Although they are 90-minute classes, the first hour and a quarter are devoted to stretching and balancing. GM Shuey is about to turn 75 and he has AMAZING flexibility and balance, far better than me.

GM Shuey does not charge for these sessions, but if you wish to advance in rank, you must join his organization and occasionally send in videos of your progress.

Irrespective of if you wish to advance in rank, any dojo member is welcome to join me for these morning session. I am not qualified to teach the American Cane System but I am happy to show you the fundamentals so that you will not feel lost in any of the sessions. If you want to give it a try, please email me because the days I attend from Albuquerque vary and I’ll need to let you know when I’ll be there. Should you eventually decide to attend regularly, I show you how to set up the dojo TV and computer to stream the sessions and you can participate when I am away from the dojo.

Paul

Cane Masters Dojo Video On Demand Cane Masters Dojo Mark has been promoting tournaments in the martial arts since 1980, and has hosted over 16 tournaments of his own. This company has introduced the Cane to a greater audience in the martial arts community, as well as senior citizens and the physically challenged. Furthermore, Mark t...

What even is skill fade?! 03/14/2022

What even is skill fade?!

Intersting video on skill fade. Although it's about kayaking, it certainly appliesx to aikido.

What even is skill fade?! Continuing with the My Handroll is Broken series, today we take a little dip into the technicality of skill decline, as well as analysing my technique to fin...

03/09/2022

Just a quick update on some schedule changes over the next week. The online calendar, available through our website is kept up to date and reflects these changes as well.

Several of our instructors have out of town commitments and I am dealing with a family medical situation so all of these changes are temporary.

Wednesday, March 9, Sensei Paulina will fill i9n for my regular 5:30 class.
Thursday, March 10, Sensei Fred will teach a class from 5;30 - 6:30. There will be no 7:45 - 8:45 class.
Thursday, March 17, I will teach a class from 5;30 - 6:30. There will be no 7:45 - 8:45 class. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Saturday, March 19, Sensei Peuser will be down for his next class, 10:00 - 12:00.
And don’t forget, Tuesday, and Thursday, March 29 and 31 are our first children’s classes from 4:30 - 5:15. Spread the word!

That’s all for now. Thank you to all the instructors that continually step up to help us offer a full slate of classes.

Domo arigato goziamash*ta!

Paul

02/18/2022

As you have no doubt heard by now, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has rescinded the indoor mask mandate for most businesses in New Mexico. After consulting with our instructors, I’ve decided the mask requirement WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT for all indoor activities in Albuqerque Iwama Aikido.

Masks are not only to help protect the wearer, but more importantly those around them, and the people those individuals may contact. Several of our dojo members are “mature” and others have either young children or care for other people that may have compromised immune systems.

Thanks for your understanding. We will of course revisit this decision as new information becomes available.

Domo arigato goziamash*ta.

Paul

02/14/2022

CHILDREN'S AIKIDO IS BACK!!!!!

We’ve decided to restart of children’s program under the direction of Nicholas Johnson and with the assistance of Charles Neal, Thomas Kurucz and myself. Classes will be twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4:30 – 5:15. Children ages seven and up are welcome. If we have a large disparity in ages, we will divide the class and work with the students in appropriate sub-groups.

One of the criteria for our dojo is that everyone show proof of COVID vaccination status. That was also one of the reasons we delayed reopening our kid’s aikido program as vaccines have only recently been authorized for children ages five and up.

We also take the safety of our children very seriously. To ensure their safety, we run criminal background checks on all instructors and assistant instructors. Furthermore, instructors and assistants are required to complete SafeSport™, a program to protect and detect abuse used by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committees, https://uscenterforsafesport.org.

The first week of classes will begin Tuesday, March 29. We realize that after two years your child’s interest in aikido may have changed. Therefore, we will not charge March 29 and 31 classes.

Please note, prior to the first class you MUST show evidence of full COVID vaccination for both yourself and your child. We do not hold medical information so a simple photo on your phone of the vaccination cards will suffice.

Also, because we needed to reincorporate, you will be required to complete a new waiver for your child prior to the first class they attend so please arrive early.

We hope to see you on March 29th or later. If you intend to participate an RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

Domo arigato gozaimash*ta!

02/07/2022

The three kyu tests originally scheduled for January that were postponed due to our COVID closure are now scheduled for Saturday, February 26 beginning at 1:00 pm. We’ve all been off the mat for a few weeks so pleased make a special effort to help Lauren, Katie, and Michael knock the rust off and prepare for their exams.

Paul

02/06/2022

Thanks to the Albuquerque Chinese Culture Center for allowing us to demonstrate aikido at the annual Lunar New Years celebration. Also, big props to Nicholas, Paulina, Lauren, and Katie for their fine buki-waza demonstration.

02/02/2022

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this recent closure of the dojo due to the uptick in COVID hospitalizations.

I’m please to announce we will reopen the dojo Monday, February 7 with Fred Phillip Sensei’s 5:30 class.

Due to some scheduling conflicts, Patrick Hudson Sensei will not be available to teach through at least the end of the month. Therefore, instructors and times will change for the Tuesday and Thursday classes. Until further notice the schedule will be.

Monday, 5:30 - 6:30, Fred
Tuesday, 5:30 - 6:30, Paul - weapons
Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 - Paul - fundamentals
Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 - Nicholas
Friday 5:30 - 6:30 - Paulina, women’s only

And of course Sunday mornings, 10:00 - 11:00 am, open mat followed by soji, Charles and Thomas.

Again, please note that all weekday classes will be from 5:30 - 6:30 until further notice.

Thank you!

Paul

Mobile uploads 01/27/2022

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Timeline photos 01/16/2022

This is why we proactively shut down for the rest of January.

📢 Our ER is not a COVID-19 testing site. 📢

Because of the recent explosion in Omicron variant COVID cases, all hospitals in NM are overwhelmed with very sick patients. In our emergency departments and urgent care centers, we must take care of the sickest patients first, which means:

➡️ We will not be doing COVID tests on patients with mild symptoms in the ER
➡️ Beds are full - if you come to the ER, your care may occur in an alternate space (hallway, waiting room, or chair)
➡️ If your illness is mild, we encourage you to seek care through your P*P or a virtual visit and not come to the hospital
➡️ If you are very sick, we are here for you

Find a testing location here: https://bit.ly/3JXJgVu

01/12/2022

Albuquerque Iwama Aikido Members,

As you all know the omicron variant of SARS COVID-19 is sweeping the country, and indeed the world. Hospitals in New Mexico and elsewhere are approaching their breaking point. At our dojo we require all members to be vaccinated and we sanitize the mat after every class. Furthermore, we’ve recently mandated that all members wear N95 or the equivalent masks. Nevertheless, our instructors and I are concerned that a COVID outbreak will occur in the dojo.

I like to stress using the philosophy of aikido off the mat. That includes caring for the greater society. A COVID outbreak in the dojo will not only affect our members, but their families, acquaintances, and possibly anyone with whom they contact. Even if no deaths or hospitalizations occur, it would unnecessarily stress a health care system already on the edge.

Some projections have the infection rate peaking and dropping in the next few weeks. With that in mind I am reluctantly cancelling all in person classes for the remainder of January. In consultation with the other instructors, I will reevaluate towards the end of the month.

We recently (today!) upgraded our ability to transmit and receive webinars in the dojo. Instructors may offer classes online at their discretion.

We had tests scheduled for January 22. Those tests will be postponed until approximately two weeks after we reopen. January dues will be applied to February or whatever month we reopen.

Keep in mind we were shut down for approximately eighteen months when COVID first appeared. We survived and rebuilt. I see this closure as much more temporary, and we will be back.

Thank you for your understanding and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Gambatte!

Paul

Aikido in Fredericksburg – Teaching and practicing the non-violent traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido 01/11/2022

Aikido in Fredericksburg – Teaching and practicing the non-violent traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido

Dear TAA Dojo Cho:

Happy New Year.

I wanted to let you know that we are hoping to be able to hold the Memorial Day Gasshuku at Lake Tahoe this year May 28 - 30. Douglas Dale and Zach Hymanson are working on the details with Tahoe City Parks & Rec for the RideOut School. The TAA Board is scheduled to meet on February 15 to discuss this year's event. So, keep your fingers crossed and stay healthy. Look for more info after February 15 (I suggest that you do not make any non-refundable reservations before then).

Peace,

Aviv Goldsmith
Chief Instructor
Aikido in Fredericksburg, a 501(c)3 non-profit

Aikido in Fredericksburg – Teaching and practicing the non-violent traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido Here at Aikido in Fredericksburg we have a thriving community of students young and old—some just beginning, others with decades of experience—who train together in the traditional, non-violent Japanese martial art of Aikido. We offer free trial classes for anyone interested in joining us, so pl...

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Albuquerque, NM
87108

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