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February 2nd, 2007

Feb ’07 Class Schedule

Posted in News, Website Information by Eric

Wed, 02/07, 8:00 – 9:30PM
Sat, 02/10, 12:00 – 2:30PM
Wed, 02/14, 8:00 – 9:30PM
Sat, 02/17, 12:00 – 2:30PM
Wed, 02/21, 8:00 – 9:30PM
Wed, 02/28, 8:00 – 9:30PM

Two Saturdays in a row…all true!

February 2nd, 2007

Feb training schedule

Posted in News, Seminars, Website Information by Mark

Its still a work in progress, weve been asked to contribute a demonstration for an upcoming festival, so we  are scheduling our Sat training seminars this month around their rehearsals, needless to say we are not training this Sat be we are on the following Sat 4th, I believe. Wed remains in effect, Stay tuned for further details, they will be posted as soon and as quickly as we can invent them….M 

If you have concerns/questions about class/seminar times, simply email us.

December 27th, 2006

New Year schedule

Posted in News, Website Information by Mark

Here is the Jan 2007 schedule,
Wed, 1/3 – 8-9:30
Sat, 1/6 – 12-2:30
Wed, 1/10 – 8-9:30
Wed, 1/17 – 8-9:30
Wed, 1/24 – 8-9:30
Sat, 1/26 – 12-2:30

This year training and scheduling will be more pro-active towards the needs of the Dojo and its membership, last year was a great success, we had some new inductees, and some people drifted away, others where simply cut loose.  I think its safe to say that the final phase of the grand experiment is at hand, what may have escaped the attention of some members in the past, was that the Dojo is/was a place that people where exposed to a wide variety of ideas, concepts and theories, some interesting some confounding and perplexing, and some just plain antagonistic, even annoying.
The purpose was to expose the would be future instructors to the gamut of experiences that they might find themselves in, either in life or in the Dojo, the purpose of education is to allow others to reach their full potential not to have them under your thumb as a minion or student, they must eventually become your equal, sadly some people didn’t stick around to find that out, but that’s life, just waiting for the bus to arrive, doesn’t mean that people are going to get on it.  The Dojo wasn’t created for students to stay in a holding pattern waiting for the next grade, or epiphany, it was/is a working Dojo, that reflected real life and all its confusing and odd occurrences, so if you stuck it out, kudos to you, and if you didn’t, then sadly the meaning of “one life one opportunity” will finally sink in. If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind before now, about the ability and character of the current membership, I can simply say that the senior members are now, not only my peers but they are an inspiration and constant source of encouragement to me, the torch can now be handed over.

“let not your flame be quenched by angst, pursue life,

 live it with all the passion you can muster,

 love all those around you unconditionally,

 may your heart always be true”

September 11th, 2006

3rd Annual 9/11 Commemorative Fundraiser – Results

Posted in News, Seminars, Why We Train by Mark

GroupI would like to start with a big thank you to all the participants that have contributed to this year’s 9/11 fundraiser. Your efforts both individually and as a group are a testament to what the art of Ninpo can do for the community and in turn, humanity. This year’s final tally was 2,175 dollars, thanks to the generous contributions of participants from as far a field as Albany, Boston, Poughkeepsie, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, along with well wishers who were unable to attend from further away. This venture has raised to date over $5,500; it would not have been possible without the selfless contributions of all the people involved whether it was their time, effort or the generous offering of their own resources.

It has been an honor to have been involved with such great martial artists as Jack Hoban, Matt Hildreth, Bud Malmstrom and Mark Davis over the years, an involvement that I hope continues over the years to come. To have earned the respect of your peers is truly a great honor and a privilege that I don’t take lightly.

To those participants that have attended our annual fundraiser every year since its inception, you have my wholehearted thanks and deep felt appreciation for taking the time to help us when we needed it. Your unwavering support has been an inspiration to us to continue in our charitable endeavor.

BS&RF Humanity AwardThis year the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation honored us with an “extraordinary service to humanity award.” It was presented by Captain Scott Shields himself, the founder of the BS&RF, for our fundraising efforts. This award may have been presented to myself on the day but the fact of the matter is that it should shared equally by those that have contributed over the years-it’s an acknowledgement to all of us for our efforts.

Our goal has been to help our country and our city heal, by helping our community which in turn may help us to heal. For myself the healing process has been ongoing and one I’m not sure will ever be complete, but our efforts to help others through the BS&RF has been of great help in the healing process. We may never really be fully protected but we can be well prepared.

With your continued assistance we will keep going, we now turn and face the next great challenge, to keep going. Our thoughts and prayers go to the young men and women of our armed services, to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude, for their selfless acts of bravery and for placing themselves in harms way to protect us, and finally to the ones we lost on 9/11 who never had the chance to continue living their lives as we have done.

They died in our name, lest we forget.