You all, we are on cloud nine this week! We are busy planning for our expansion coming this fall! The dreams we’ve had to create a school pick-up after school program and make classes accessible to more kids, to have more room in all our classes, and to make our lobby a better place for students’ family members to connect with each other – are all happening now!
We are getting in the results from our customer survey and are now reading over your ideas to help us use the expansion to make everything we already offer even better. And one of our most beloved programs, our Nature Adventures Summer Camp is gearing up this season with an amazing line-up of counselors, guest instructors, and special activities. Things are blossoming around here!
This kind of flourishing used to make me kind of nervous. What if it all doesn’t work out? What if the dreams crumble as they start to take form? What if we fail? If you’ve ever felt this way as a project started to take off, I hear ya. But I feel differently now.
I know I say this all the time, but training in this art has changed my perspective on life. I’m not afraid to mess up, because I know I’m going to mess up, in many ways all along the way. And I also know that is completely fine. In fact, it’s the only way to learn and get better. Mistakes just come with the territory of realizing big goals. About fifteen years ago, I read these words from Zen master Shunryu Suzuki: “So the secret is just to say ‘Yes!’ and jump off from here. Then there is no problem. It means to be yourself, always yourself, without sticking to an old self.”
While diving head first into training, and later into creating this dojo, I’ve kept these words in my mind. As we’ve grown, I’ve become more able to flow with the daily newness and beauty of pouring my heart into what I do for a living.
When the opportunity to expand the dojo came to us, we knew it was time. We’ve been building it in our minds for so long, and now we’re ready to open the doors and let the process unfold itself, like a beautiful rain that has been hovering in clouds, waiting for the perfect moment to come down and make things grow!
It’s the first week in March, our Japanese-inspired nature element of the month is Water, and our theme, appropriately, is “Embrace the Moment”. We’ll be doing just that as we work on the following techniques:
- Forward rolls and break falls
- Blocking and performing Shuto Ken from Kamae Set 1
- Sui no Kata and its building blocks
- Moving at backwards angles
Thanks for reading!
See you in the dojo,