We held our second annual new year training which is normally called Kagami Biraki. However since we didn’t actually plan to do any of the traditional ceremonies associated with Kagami Biraki, we decided to call it Shinnenkai, or New Year Training.
Typically New Year training at Aikido dojos is characterized by really hard training with seemingly endless hajime keiko. However this year as I wanted the kids members and the Adult Class members to train together, I decided on something a little different. I think one of the most important aspects of a student’s development in Aikido is to teach what he / she knows to his / her juniors. So we paired each kid off with an adult student and worked on a various number of exercises and techniques. It was great to see the care that each adult class member showed for the child they were paired with as they patiently helped teach the steps of the technique.
After we finished training, we all sat down together to each some of the now famous Aikido Mugenjuku Tokyo original mochi made by our very own Mochi Master, Shota Sugawara.
Finally, we finished the day with a much needed deep cleaning of the entire dojo.