Thanksgiving Week Classes with Blevins Sensei Teaching, and Training Milestones

Kiryu Aikido, November 30, 2013Thanksgiving was last week, and we at Kiryu Aikido were immensely thankful: Andrew Blevins Sensei was in town for the holiday and taught Friday (a three-hour class!) and Saturday. There is never enough time with our great teacher, but we gleaned all we could in the short time we had on the mat with our Sensei.

At the end of classes both days, Blevins Sensei presented certificates of achievement for training milestone to students. “I want to recognize the long-term commitment to training,” he said. “We test twice a year, and that is important in its own way, but it’s the consistency and commitment to practice that are crucial to a student’s improvement.”

Here are the students recognized for attaining training milestones of 125, 250, 500, and 1,000 hours.

Cyrus B. – 125 hours
Greg J. – 125 hours
Bob L. – 250 hours
Charles G. – 250 hours
Les S. – 500 hours
Kara S. – 1,000 hours

“Each step is important as we work toward 10,000 hours,” said Blevins Sensei, “the hours of practice that some consider necessary to attain a level of mastery in any given endeavor.”

Blevins Sensei, thank you for teaching and spending time with all of us! It is such a joy to learn from you. We so appreciate your time and dedication, and for sharing your talent with us. We will continue to work hard and look forward to the next time we are able to practice together. Be well, Sensei!


Comments (1)

Les StevesonDecember 6th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Yes, this was a great weekend. The training and extra ukemi was awesome. Just to see Andrew-Sensei was even better. Was very nice to see all students come to train as well. Can’t wait to see him again…

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