Recently, the students of Aikido of Suenaka-Ha Indiana collected funds to make a substantial contribution to those affected by the the great 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami. As a community service dojo, we came together immediately to express concrete support for those affected.
Watch this space for more news regarding our ongoing community service endeavors!
Aikido of Suenaka-Ha Indiana will be participating in Hoosier Hills Food Bank's "Plant-A-Row for the Hungry" program for the first time in 2010.
This allows the students and family of the dojo to give back to the community in a productive way for those who are less fortunate. By providing volunteer services to the community we demonstrate the principles of Aikido beyond the edges of the mat. Participation is voluntary and members are encouraged to help in any way.
In 2011, the dojo is making efforts to hold several canned food and non-persishable goods drives to help the food bank once again. Students are encouraged to participate as much as possible and to engage friends and family.
As members of our school and the Wadokai organization, students have the opportunity to study directly with Suenaka Sensei at events which are held throughout the year, including our Winter Camp (Kangeiko) and Summer Camp (Gasshuku).
In addition, students have the opportunity to attend numerous seminars hosted by our member dojos throughout the year. The Bloomington and Wisconsin dojos make a special effort annually to host a joint-training session for the mid-west Wadokai dojos.
Kyu testing generally takes place once a year to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate proficiency in their studies.
Students take the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in various waza, randori, weapons and weapon defense, as well as vocabulary and history.