17 March 2015 BKA Community Newsletter

Only a few spots left for Spring Day Camps!

The Peace Samurai Ki Aikido Spring Camps are filling up. Don’t miss out on the chance for your children to learn to deal calmly and courageously with challenging situations! Sign up now!

I. Peace Samurai Children’s Ki Aikido Spring Camps

March 23, 25 and 27 (M/W/F) | 9 am – Noon
Open to children ages 6-12.

Drop off the kids for a safe, fun and constructive week of ki games, ki aikido drills, taigi arts, Samurai weapons arts, ki principles, story time and more. Classes will be taught by Villacorta Sensei, 3rd degree black belt in Shin Shin toitsu Aikido, Chuden in Ki Development.
Click here for more info.
Price: $120. SIGN UP NOW!

II. Peacemaking with Mind & Body

a Spring Break Camp/Workshop
March 24, 26 (T/TH) | 9am-noon
Open to ages 7 – 77! Families encouraged.

Come play with us right through the territory of conflict resolution. Learn how to turn conflict into your friend and engage with it in healthy, productive ways. Based on Ki Aikido principles. Taught by Merlyn Holmes and her son Landryk.

Save $20 if you register for camp sessions I and II.

Third Wednesday Social

March 18th, 8pm
Location TBD

Join us for some food and drinks after Adults All-Levels Ki Aikido class this Wednesday, as we celebrate the promotion of our newest 4th kyu students who tested earlier this month!Meet at BKA first! All BKA members, active or inactive, are welcome!

Vernal Equinox BKA All-Dojo Community Gathering

Saturday, March 21
1:00 – 4:00 pm

The Finn family has graciously offered to host Boulder Ki Aikido students and their families in their home for our next all-dojo gathering.We’ll be celebrating the Vernal Equinox!

If the weather is nice we’ll run around outside or play down at the creek, and if not, we’ll figure out plans for indoor fun.Please bring some food and beverages to share. Looking forward to gathering and playing together! All BKA members, active or inactive, are welcome!

The Finns Residence
Contact BKA for address and directions
(between Gunbarrel and Niwot just north of IBM and Coot Lake)

Villacorta Sensei Teaches at Aikido Summit

Saturday, April 4th
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Denver Buddhist Temple

Boulder Ki Aikido is excited to announce the participation of Villacorta Sensei to teach Ki Aikido on behalf of RMKS at the 15th annual Aikido Summit.

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, esteemed instructors from 6 aikido schools of various lineages will come together at the Denver Buddhist Temple 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.

$85* in advance; $90 at the door
*Pre-registration includes a T-shirt (not guaranteed for walk-in registrants).
To REGISTER or for more info visit our new website

Ki Aikido Demonstration at CU Boulder’s International Festival

Saturday, April 11
4:00 – 10:00 pm

Glenn Miller Ballroom
+ UMC 235

Come celebrate a colorful tapestry of cultures from around the world at CU Boulder’s largest student event on campus. iFest 2015 is FREE and open to the public.

BKA will meet at CU-Boulder’sFarrand Field, behind the IMIG Music Building, for some play and socializing, then we’ll head on over to the UMC’s Glenn Miller Ballroom for the International Festival and Boulder Ki Aikido’s demo.

International booths and free food samples available. Exact time of BKA demo to be determined, probably between 4 and 6 p.m.  More details on the Festival:http://www.cu-international-festival.com/

Register for Peace Samurai SUMMER Camps!

Hurry and pre-register before the camps fill up! Through play and ki aikido arts, the Peace Samurai Summer Camps teach children the ethical code of conduct of the samurai warrior class of Japan, including integrity, respect, heroic courage and compassion.

Session I — June 1-5
Session 2 — June 8-12
Session 3 — June 15-19
Session 4 — June 22-26

9am – 1pm, Monday-Friday. Open to children with or without any prior Ki Aikido experience, ages 6-12.

Children will have an excellent time learning Ki Aikido in all its forms and you’ll appreciate that they’ll learn to move well, coordinate mind and body and develop more peaceful ways of dealing with conflict. Student to teacher ratio is 12:1 or less to ensure quality attention and instruction. Register your child now. Camps will fill up fast.

Peace Samurai Camp Daily Activities

  • Ki Games
  • Relaxed Taiso (mind-body focused warm-up)
  • Japanese Yoga (ki stretching)
  • “Peace Samurai” Movement (Hitori Waza – individual exercises)
  • “Peace Samurai” Ki Aikido Arts
  • Snack time (bring your own)
  • “Peace Samurai” Story time
  • Ki Aikido Rolling Drills

Sign up now before the camps fill up!

NEW Japanese Yoga Class at BKA
{Develop Your Inner Power!}

Mondays & Wednesdays
5:50 – 6:30 pm
Do you want to study Ki principles but not in the context of a martial art? Do you want to apply Ki to your personal, school or work life.
This 40-minute, self-empowerment, Japanese Yoga class based on oneness is designed for people of all levels, looking to experience the mind-body benefits of Ki development without the direct experience of Ki Aikido rolls and martial techniques. The class will focus on mind-body unification principles, how to move gracefully, how to connect with oneself and others and how to use Ki principles in daily life.
Course work will include practice of the relaxed taiso, hitori waza exercises, Ki testing, Ki exploration partner exercises, Ki breathing and Ki meditation. Participants may wear regular, comfortable clothes for this class (traditional Ki Aikido uniform is not required). Students will not be required to sit seiza (on their knees) during the class. Please pass this on to someone who may be interested in only Ki training!

NEW INTRO OFFER! Please Pass the Savings
Four Weeks of Classes for Just $40

Four weeks for $40 Intro OfferFor new students to more easily grasp the tip of the iceberg in ki aikido, we’ve developed this Four for $40 starter program. Try up to 8 sessions in a row (Mondays & Wednesdays), within any 4-week period for only $40.

Open to any new student who has never taken Ki Aikido before. As always, new students will get the special, personalized attention and support of our Assistant Instructors. Click here to purchase this as a gift for someone.

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