February 2019 Newsletter from BKA

Jump to Feb 2019 Newsletter Content…

Birth of the One Dojo

One-Dojo-Exterior-signageThis year marks the 20th year of the rebirth of the Boulder dojo of Rocky Mountain Ki Society. Since those early days in 1999, we have been visualizing a multi-disciplinary space where people practice a variety of arts centered around oneness, connection, and community—a much needed respite from our fast-paced, busy world.

Today, our new home at the One Dojo on 3005 Sterling Circle is the new beginning of that mindful community. Our intention is for the benefits of the meditative, interpersonal relationship practice, and graceful movements we are experiencing at Boulder Ki Aikido to resonate and attract a larger group of people—people who are seeing the separation and selfishness in the world, who want a new light, a new direction. Read more…

BKA Community Comes Together with Google Groups

In an effort to keep our BKA community together and for members to communicate with the whole group, to share ideas/insights, post questions/comments, seek assistance, and stay connected, we have set up a Boulder Ki Aikido Community in Google Groups.

Vote for Boulder Ki Aikido in CU & Boulder’s Best

We need your help! Voting for the 2019 CU & Boulder’s Best by Colorado Daily is in full swing. Voting ends February 28th.

We have a huge heart and a big vision. We imagine a world where people have access to an inner sense of centeredness, calmness and connection to the Universe, which they can tap into when faced with challenging situations. This is possible—one human being at a time—but only through practice and perseverance.

Please share this link with anyone else you know who loves everything Boulder Ki Aikido represents and would be willing to help us win this award: http://bit.ly/CUBest2019

All of us at BKA sincerely thank you for your time, energy and support!

Vote for CU & Boulder's Best

2018 Peace Samurai
Ki Aikido Boulder Summer Camp for Kids


Save the dates for now. More info coming soon:

June 3 – 7 | Open to ages 6-9
June 16 – 22 | Open to ages 9-12
July 14 – 20 | Open to ages 9-12
July 29 – Aug 2 | Open to ages 10-15 yrs old

Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Open to children with or without any prior Ki Aikido experience.
Only 12 spots in each camp.

peace samurai boulder summer campThis summer, let your children immerse themselves in a safe, fun-filled and constructive week of outdoor ki games, ki aikido drills, Japanese Yoga, Samurai weapons arts, ki principles, story time and more. Each camp will culminate with a brief performed by the children, in front of a live audience of children’s families and other guests. Camps meet outdoors at a neighborhood park, weather permitting.

Let your children experience a martial art that cultivates healthy, effective, peaceful ways of dealing with adversity, conflict and aggression. Invite them to play with other children and Villacorta Sensei as they explore peacetime samurai virtues of respect, courage, honesty, compassion, and justice at the Peace Samurai™ Boulder Summer Camps.


BKA Rates Increase, Beginning March 15, 2019

To ensure we have a successful new beginning at the One Dojo, we will be raising our rates starting March 15, 2019. We have not increased rates in more than 15 years and now need to meet the rising real estate costs in Boulder!

See the new rates here
You may sign up for existing long-term plans now, to save in the coming months.

This rate increase is necessary for us to maintain a healthy, sustainable space in which the One Dojo community can flourish. Prices are competitive with the Boulder market and are scaled to encourage larger families to bring multiple members to practice in our dojo community.

Some of the major highlights are as follows:
  1. The average rate increase is ~ 20%:
    • from $75 to $90 for 1X per week
    • from $125 to $145 for 2X per week for Children’s classes
    • from $100 to $120 for up to 5 hours of adults classes (which includes any combination of four M & W teens, all-levels, or advanced classes; and one all-levels Saturday class).
    • Any adult participating in all 7 adult classes will need to move up to the new $150 per month unlimited class rate.
  2. Parents are encouraged to participate in their children’s classes. The price for parents will be at a savings of 50% of the full children’s class rates.
  3. Rates are scaled to provide savings for multiple children in one family and encourage total family participation.
  4. Long-Term PRE-PAID discounts will be available to everyone, as follows:
    • 3-Month Pre-Paid DISCOUNT | Save 10% Discounts
    • 6-Month Pre-Paid DISCOUNT | Save 12% Discounts
    • 12-Month Pre-Paid DISCOUNT | Save 15%
  5. Additional members of the same household can save 40%. This savings will also apply to parents who want to start training in adults classes.
  6. The total family maximum will go up from $200 to $250.

If the rate increase is cost-prohibitive for you and need to apply for financial hardship, please let us know by replying to this email. Financial hardship applications will need to be processed annually.

Denver Aikido Summit, March 9, 2019

You’re cordially invited to the 19th Annual Denver Aikido Summit. Abel Villacorta Sensei will teach Ki Aikido and represent Rocky Mountain Ki Society.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Esteemed instructors from six Aikido schools of various lineages throughout Colorado will come together for one full day of training. Join fellow aikidoka for this fun event to celebrate friendship, respect for one another, and unity. Anyone 4th kyu or higher is encouraged to attend this vigorous day of training.
Schedule of Instructors
Mike Jones Sensei – Roaring Fork Aikikai
Steve Shaw Sensei – Aikikai Tanshinjuku
Seiji Tanaka Sensei – Hyland Hills Tomiki Aikido
Abel Villacorta Sensei – Boulder Ki Aikido
Edgar Johansson Sensei – Denver Aikikai
Tres Hofmeister Sensei – Boulder Aikikai
$85 | $90 at the door
Pre-registration includes a T-shirt. Shirts not guaranteed for walk-in registrants.
Please bring your weapons.
To REGISTER or for more info visit the Denver Aikikai website.
The Denver Buddhist Temple is located at 1947 Lawrence (corner of 20th & Lawrence).

Kashiwaya Sensei Seminar, March 28-30, 2019

It is with great fanfare that we invite the Aikido community to take part in Rocky Mountain Ki Society’s Spring 2018 Ki Aikido Seminar with our Chief Instructor, Kashiwaya Sensei, 8th degree black belt. Join RMKS and Kashiwaya Sensei, who will be visiting us all the way from Seattle, Washington, to teach seminar sessions for both children and adults.

As Chief Instructor and founder of Midland Ki Federation (MKF), our umbrella organization—comprised of more than 25 dojo’s across the USA, Canada and Brazil—Kashiwaya Sensei is one of the few full-time Aikido professionals in the United States. He has practiced for more than 45 years and taught thousands of students for more than 40 years. A major emphasis in his teaching is the development of the next generation of instructors and leaders for Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai in Japan.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to train with one of the most gifted Ki Aikido teachers and practitioners in the world today!

Registration information will be forthcoming. Put it on your calendar.

Sensible Self Defense Workshop

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Hosted by Boulder Ki Aikido in their new location at the One Dojo, 3005 Sterling Circle, Ste. 150, Boulder, CO 80301.

Workshop Description

Learn how to avoid physical attacks before they start. This 3-hour practical Self-Defense Workshop focuses on key aspects of being self-aware, centering, assessing the situation and responding accordingly to maintain safety. We will cover various common scenarios, including defending against grabs from behind, strikes, and other attacks, and practice self defense for you and your family. Open to all teens and adults, regardless of physical ability.
Class will be taught by 8th Degree Black Belt in Mind Body Unified Aikido, Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei, and assisted by members of the Boulder Ki Aikido dojo. We will have a 10-minute break. Please bring a water bottle and wear loose comfortable clothing or a uniform that allows freedom of movement.
Cost: $75
Discounts available for multiple family members.
Registration information will be forthcoming. Put it on your calendar.

2019 BKA & Japan Ki Dues are Due on March 31, 2019

About Membership Dues

One of the great things about training at Boulder Ki Aikido is that we are part of a worldwide organization made up of thousands of practitioners.

  • Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai annual membership dues are used by our international, umbrella organization in Japan to keep registration, testing and membership information.
  • Boulder Ki Aikido yearly membership dues are used to cover operating expenses for our small BKA organization.

Who Pays Membership Dues?

  • All adults and children who currently participate in Boulder Ki Aikido classes in 2019.

What is the cost for membership?

A.  If the participant is over the age of 12, choose from one of the 2 options below:

  1. If the participant has never tested AND does not plan to test for any rank this year, then the cost is:
    $30 each – BKA ADULT Membership. (The $30 adult fee is primarily for parents who are only attending the parent-child class).
  2. If the participant has previously tested for Ki Aikido and/or Ki Development rank advancement and plans to continue, then the cost is:
    $90 each – FULL ADULT SHIN SHIN TOITSU AIKIDO KAI and BKA Membership
B.  If the participant is 12 or under, regardless of whether he or she has tested, then the cost is:
  • $10 each – BKA Membership ONLY

What is the deadline for payment?

  • Payments are needed no later than 31 March 2018
  • Your account will be billed according to the details above via the Zen Planner member app

You can log in to your account HERE, then click on My Profile, then Pay My Bills. You’ll see the Annual Membership amount that is due for you and/or your child(ren).

You can also pay by cash or write us a check next time you’re in. In the memo area, write “BKA membership” and the name of the BKA member(s).

Please reply to this email if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support of our dojo!

Spring Creek Fest Demo Performance, Sat. May 25, 2019

On behalf of Boulder Ki Aikido, I would like to personally invite you to a special Ki Aikido demonstration several children and adult students of BKA will be putting on at the Boulder Creek Festival.

Mark your calendars for this fun event. We’ll be preparing students of all ages to be ready for this live performance!

Shinichi Tohei Sensei 2019 USA National Seminar

June 27 – 30th, 2019

Northern California Ki Society is honored to host Shinichi Tohei Sensei, President and Chief Instructor of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Kai (Headquarters of Mind-Body Unified Aikido). Tohei Sensei will be teaching a special summer seminar at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas.

June 27 (Instructors Only)
June 28 – 30th, 2019 (General)
UNLV campus

Open to all Ki Society Members
The 2019 USA National Seminar will be led by Shinichi Tohei Sensei, President of Shinshin Toitsu Aikidokai and son of Koichi Tohei SoshuAll participants must be members of Ki Society and have permission from their Chief Instructor to attend.

For registration and additional information, visit the Shinichi Tohei Sensei 2019 USA National Seminar page, on the Northern California Ki Society website.