It’s Time for the January Challenge
I am inspired by snowflakes. Although we haven’t seen many on the ground this year we all know how beautiful that dusting of snow can be. One snowflake alone has little beauty, but when snowflakes fall in a flurry we take notice, it even makes the news! When the tree tops are covered in flakes we take pictures, when the mountain snow is deep we head to the hills for fun, they even cancel school.
In this way snowflakes are like students. The more of us there are the bigger our impact on our community. The more of us there are the better our diversity, enriching our Aikido. The more students the more beautiful our dojo will be.
So as always, I challenge you to find someone to bring to try a basics Aikido class during the month of January. Time and time again we hear the best advertisement is word of mouth. So ask lots of people, take flyers, print schedules, the more people you talk to the more students we will have. There will be fabulous prizes.
Now for the new challenge, Sumimasen.
Sumimasen translates to “please excuse me for my bad behavior.”
Starting in January breaking etiquette rules or reigi in the dojo and getting caught will require the payment of a quarter into Sumimasen, our Hello Kitty coin bank. The goal is two-fold, first to make us more mindful of our reigi and two raising funds for a new sign for the dojo.
So a new challenge for all of us!
See you in January with a friend to try class and a pocket full of quarters!
Consider yourself challenged!