I am graduating this year as well, but I will still be at the dojo. The Thursday
class is really special and it would be a shame to see it go.
Perhaps more visability would help the club recruit new members? Maybe having a
table in front of the library one day? Or some sort of demonstration? I know I
have seen other martial arts groups on campus do that. Maybe that all sounds
cheesey or its been done, but just a few ideas...
Anyway, I will help out in whatever way I can.
Quoting "Hilary J. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hello aikidokai,
> As the semester is almost half over, we are in need of examining the status
> our club and making some decisions about its future. Right now our club is
> a breaking point...it can either crash and burn or propel forward with great
> force. The decision essentially lies with you all. Alvin and I will be gone
> next year and that leaves Kirsten as the only experienced officer. We will
> new leadership. Since I have not been able to go to the Thursday class, I
> not help but feel detached from our club; however, after discussing the
> situation with Sensei, I got the message that the club is lacking in energy.
> Sensei is extremely passionate about aikido and his dojo is the child of this
> passion; his time is valuable and we have been very fortunate to have
> such attention from him. Yet, if our energy is not meeting his, a harmonious
> relationship cannot be sustained.
> Therefore, we have to decide which direction to take this club. If we want
> to continue having weekly classes given by Sensei, we will need to assert
> ourselves...this will involve firstly more of an effort put into the club by
> the current members and a recruitment of additional enthused aikidokai. As
> cliche as it sounds, we have done it before and we can do it again.
> I know that the option of attending the club class depends on your
> schedule, I
> am not accusing anyone personally of not being active enough; I am simply
> to tell the reality of the situation. There is not only one option; we could
> certainly talk about others and I encourage all whom find this email to
> to you to please write back with your opinion. [log in to unmask]
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strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never
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