Karate gis have been ordered! Hopefully they will be in by class this Wednesday, but more realistically we can expect to see them in two weeks. Please pay Geoff BEFORE picking up your gi. Cost after our discount is only $20.00 per uniform.
We've had a busy and fun first week of classes for Heisui Dojo's various programs. The Orono Youth Martial Arts program kicked off it's fall season with two robust classes of kicking and kiai-ing students. With about ten students per class we're are busy, but can still accommodate a few more students. Classes for K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade will continue this Wednesday. The Bangor High School Martial Arts Club held an organizational meeting and work-outs will begin this Tuesday immediately after school. Unlike our regular classes, the BHS MA Club practices a less traditional format that blends combat conditioning, self-defense skills and traditional martial arts. Our no-gi work outs are open to all members of the BHS community for free. Finally, I had a blast joining Holly Twining and Maine Yoga Adventures for a martial arts seminar as part of their Young Yogis Adventure on Sunday. We were graced with a beautiful day in the pastoral University of Maine arboretum and some fun, martial arts-based adventures ensued. Check out Maine Yoga Adventures page (linked in our Friends and Links section) for pictures of this adventures and Holly's other exciting trips.
As training ramps up I'm finding myself not too sore, only a little tired and completely energized by the experience of training with new students and building our budo community.
If you haven't joined our FaceBook group, Orono Youth Martial Arts, please consider doing so. I'll try to update this blog and the FB group equally, but sometimes it's easier to share video directly to the group. Even if you are an adult student or a member of the Bangor High School Martial Arts Club join us on FB, as time goes by you're sure to find some interesting stuff there.
Obviously, if you are reading this blog you've found us (Thanks!), but please spread the word that our permanent web address is http://oronokarate.weebly.com. Let's get the word out about our classes and community!
I'm happy to share that I have been asked to lead a short seminar for Maine Yoga Adventures' upcoming Young Yogis Adventure on Saturday, September 19 on the University of Maine campus. Holly Twining, yogi extraordinaire, is a force of nature and offers wonderful full-day adventure sessions filled with high interest activities and delicious food.
This program is geared for kids (and their parents who get to tag along for free) who want to spend a day in the outdoors exploring the forests and adventure areas around UMaine. We'll conduct our seminar in the beautiful campus arboretum under the shelter of the post-and-beam plaza.
For more information contact Holly Twining and Maine Yoga Adventures.
Welcome to the kick-off of the new and improved Heisui Dojo website and on-line community. After a few years hiatus I am happy to return to public martial arts instruction in the Orono area starting with our inaugural Youth Martial Arts program beginning September 16.
Beginning on the sixteenth and continuing every Wednesday we will offer Youth Martial Arts for students in grades K-5 at the Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Rd, Orono, ME. Children in grades K-2 will train from 3:30-4:15PM. Students in grades 3-5 will practice from 4:30-5:30PM. If there is interest we will begin offering classes for middle school, high school and adult students, too.
As always our classes are based in the traditional Shotokan karate-do methodology with age and skill appropriate drills and activities. We encourage all interested students to give our fun, high energy classes a try.
Registration for the Orono Youth Martial Arts classes is open now and can be accessed at the Orono Parks and Recreation site. If cost or scheduling is an issue, please contact me directly. No child will be excluded from training due to financial hardship.
I am excited to share the benefits of Shotokan karate with a new generation of students. Come check us out. Ossu!
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