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Excellent Test by Our Youngest Thursday Aikido Student!

I am so proud! Our new, youngest student has worked very hard to earn all of her stripes for yellow, studied seriously to advance, and just aced her yellow belt test. She is an example of effort, enthusiasm and humility; she also had the benefit of wonderful ukemi provided by our advanced red belt student. […]

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Tigers & Pandas * Japanese Brush Paintings * 3rd Grade

Here are brush paintings by some of my young students from John Yehall Chin School. This is only a small section of hundreds of works in the culminating exhibition; every child was represented. The kids in all of the K-5th classes learned about Japanese brush painting (and many other art techniques!). I worked as an artist-in-residence […]

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Action-Packed Red Belt Tests

These orange belts – now red belts – worked very hard practicing for their tests and it shows! High energy with excellent focus! Many congratulations.

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Kids Aikido Classes at Suginami Aikikai

I teach on Thursdays! Drop by and check it out! 🙂

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Camp Japan

Who says you can’t be a fierce warrior AND a skilled artist?! Not the Samurai! Camp Japan is a unique day camp combining martial arts, art and culture. Taught by black belts, artists, musicians, professional educators and more, we offer hands-on experiences for all the five senses. Hosted at a state-of-the-art martial arts dojo, we […]

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Japanese Noh-Inspired Puppets * First Grade

All of these fantastic creatures make me smile! For this project, kids learned a little bit about Japanese culture, arts and theater.  We created the puppets by: 1. Forming colored clay faces inspired by Japanese folklore characters, demons and tricksters, such as Hannya, Kitsune and others. 2. Folding, dipping and dyeing paper and filters, creating symbolic […]

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Where the Wild Things Are * Shadow Puppets * Kindergarten

On the day of Maurice Sendak’s birthday, it seemed only fitting to post the Shadow Puppets & Performances my kindergarteners made of Where the Wild Things Are. In Max’s room, a forest grew… In Max’s room, a forest grew… Shadow Puppet of Monster

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CAMP JAPAN, August 2013!!

This will be a most unusual, cultural, active, creative summer camp experience, right here in San Francisco! Feel free to email me with any questions!!

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CAMP JAPAN this summer at Suginami Aikikai & The Asian Art Museum

I’m so excited! I just met with educators from the Asian Art Museum and they’ve confirmed two full afternoon field trips as part of this one-week day camp, August 18-23rd. We’re going to see and touch Samurai warrior armor, explore the Tea Ceremony, learn brush painting, see Japanese ghost prints and have a story performed […]

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Awesome Kids Aikido Tests * Spring 2013

As you can see, these kids are not messing around! Congratulations to the new yellow, orange and red belts! They worked hard and their tests were awesome!

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