Blevins Sensei’s Farewell Class at Kiryu Aikido, September 28, 2013
After almost 10 years of teaching nearly every Friday and Saturday class, on September 28th, I regrettably taught my last regular class at Kiryu Aikido in Colorado.
Next week, I’ll be starting a new job in San Luis Obispo California, and looking forward to the opportunities and adventures ahead as my family and I begin a new chapter of life.
After the regular class ended, I wanted to spend a little time with each of my students individually. To commemorate this special day, I threw each of them in a farewell round of joyful jiyuwaza. Check out some of the photos at the end of this post, plus more photos and videos on Kiryu’s FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/kiryuaikido) and Google+ page (http://gplus.to/kiryuaikido).
I will continue to oversee the high-level decisions and management of Kiryu Aikido, which I created in 2003 as a place to practice safe, strong, serious Aikido based on traditional techniques, weapons, and a solid foundation of ukemi.
I’ve designated the day-to-day teaching, operations, and carrying forward of the Kiryu spirit to Les Steveson, Senior Instructor, and Kara Stewart, Instructor. Les-san has been my deshi since 1999, and Kara-san since 2006. I know they will do a great job in continuing our mission.
I will teach when I’m town visiting family or on business, and I look forward to seeing the dojo continue to grow and thrive.