The Concept of Aiki
Aiki, the guiding principle behind our Aiki Jujutsu classes, is a unique concept in martial arts. Unlike most styles, in Aiki Jujutsu we blend with the attacker's energy and redirect them into various locks or throws to subdue them with minimal effort. Let's explore the concept behind aiki.
If you look at the kanji for aiki, you'll notice two distinct characters. The first (ai) one symbolizes union and harmony, and it's shaped like a house which is the ultimate symbol of union (family). The second character (ki) represents energy. It's made to look like a tea pot boiling, with the steam as a visual reminder of the energy being released. Together, the two characters mean harmony with energy or blended energy.
Aiki Jujutsu, the parent art to Aikido, uses this concept of blended energy to use the attacker's energy and aggression against them. By using non-resistance techniques and natural body movements, the attacker is easily redirected and subdued. This allows even the small and weak to defend themselves regardless of their attacker's size.
Ninja Night - Parent's Night Out
Parents, who works harder than you? Now it's our job to return the favor. On Friday, March 23rd we will be hosting our fourth semi-annual Ninja Night.
At 7:00PM you can drop your children off and we'll do the rest. We will be supplying Pizza and juice, having karate class and playing indoor games and activities. Have them bring a sleeping bag and feel confident in their safety while you enjoy a night out, or maybe a peaceful night in. Pick up is at 9AM.
We are only accepting 20 children, so please register ASAP. We do this to have a proper chaperone ratio of 1:4 to ensure safety. For more information, see Sensei Bret.
Congratulations to all students who tested this morning. Everyone did great and made Sensei Bret very proud to be your instructor.
The results of the test are:
Bronsyn LoDrago - promoted to Orange Belt
Bryant LoDrago - promoted to Orange Belt
Michael Velasquez - promoted to Orange Belt
Raul Cartegena - promoted to Orange Belt
Lucia Cartegena - promoted to Orange Belt
Daniel Diaz - promoted to Orange Belt
Owen Miller - promoted to Yellow Belt
Please join me in welcoming these kids to the next step on their journey to Black Belt. Keep up the good work and we'll see you on the mat.
Mother's Day Breakfast
On Sunday, May 11th, join us in celebrating Mother’s Day with a FREE Continental Breakfast!
As our way of saying "Thank you" to Moms everywhere, sit back and let your children serve you from a selection of bagels, pastries and fruit. Breakfast will start at 9:30AM and run until 11:00AM. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
Karate Word Search
Below, you will find a link to download a word search for all youth students. Print and return completed to Sensei Bret by Friday. If you are unable to open the file, I have included it as a picture as well which you can copy and paste into Paint and print from there. Good Luck!
Honor in the Martial Arts
Throughout martial arts history, Honor has been a core principle of practitioners worldwide. In feudal Japan, honor (meiyo in Japanese) was the main foundation of Bushido, the Samurai code of conduct. Honor was so important that a warrior would rather commit suicide after losing in battle than live with the shame of defeat.
In today's society, honor remains a crucial part of martial arts training. Honor is the concept of great respect and high esteem. In our practice, we honor the warriors and masters before us by continuing to teach traditional martial arts and paying tribute to their perseverance in spreading the arts. By respecting our school, our instructors and fellow students, we can continue to honor them and each other.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit" - Aristotle
Starting June 9th, Trio Martial Arts is offering Summer Camp for children ages 5-14. Camp will run from 8:00AM to 6:00PM, and include daily activities such as our full Martial Arts curriculum, arts and crafts, indoor games, movies, library visits and more! In addition, we will be taking weekly trips for Bowling, Mini Golf, Movie theaters, Water Parks, etc.
All students who enroll for a 4-week session will receive an Annual Pass to LEGOLAND, which we will be visiting every Friday!!!
We are fully insured, and all of our staff is CPR/First Aid Certified!
Space is Limited and we are filling up quickly. Reserve your spot now! For prices, please visit us today!
Nothing in the martial arts has been so misunderstood or under appreciated as the Black Belt. Many students mistakenly believe that to reach Black Belt is the end of the journey, and it's an appropriate time to move onto other activities. Others devalue it to the point of going online and purchasing their own from one of the many supply stores that sell them, just to impress their friends. But really, what does it mean to BE a black belt?
A black belt by itself is a long strip of cotton that we tie around our uniforms to hold it in place, but what it represents is so much more. A black belt, at least in our school, represents years of hard work and dedication. It represents countless hours of practice working towards perfection. But most of all, a black belt represents a promise. A promise to continue, to persevere.
Black Belt isn't the end of the journey, but the beginning. In Japanese, when you reach black belt you are called a Shodan, literally meaning "first level." It's the equivalent of graduating from high school. You've mastered the foundation of your system and are ready to grasp greater concepts and technique. It's a doorway to finding your path in the martial arts.
Tonight, I want all of our students to really consider what it means to be a black belt, to always give your best, because remember:
"A Black Belt is simply a White Belt that never quit"
Starting April 12th, our teen and adult class will be meeting at the Northeast Regional Park in Davenport for outdoor training. This training will occur on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00AM to 12:00PM. Junior students who are enrolled in the Kenshusei program may attend as well. The park is located on Highway 27, about 3-4 miles south of the dojo on the left-hand side.
Train hard and I look forward to seeing all of you on the mat!
On April 26th at 11:00am we will be hosting a Kama seminar for our students. Kamas are an Okinawan weapon that originated as farm tools for cutting crops.
The seminar will cover basic striking and trapping techniques, as well as self defense using the Kama as a weapon. We will also discuss everyday objects that can be used like a Kama in a real-world situation.
Everyone who participates will receive their own pair of wooden Kamas and an official Kama patch (see below) to display on their uniform. The cost is only $40.00, and space is limited to 20 participants. Deadline for registration is April 16th. Save your spot today!