CURRENT STATUS: the Dojo is currently closed until further notice.
However, we are continuing our Aikido practice with number of online programs. Please see the Virtual Schedule page for more details.
Letter from David Halprin Sensei:
I very much appreciate everyone's support of the dojo.
When we founded Framingham Aikikai we had the vision of creating a thriving dojo in the Metro West area that had the community spirit created by Kanai Sensei at New England Aikikai. As we reflect on the challenges of the COVID-19situation with, I find myself reflecting on all the elements of a dojo.
At the center of the dojo is a community of people working toward a deeper understanding of Aikido. Part of that is working together to take care of the dojo, its members, and the teachings we continue to work to understand and incorporate into our lives. The fabric of the dojo is woven from all of our contributions to dojo community which we make through participating in regular classes, seminars trips, cleaning days, hanging out after class for extra practice or snacks and discussion and more.
One of the great elements of a dojo, and one that has always been evident with our dojo, is that the membership will rally when something needs to be done. I recall our preparations to move to Natick two years ago, and all of the people who donated their time and effort to make the move so successful that we missed only a single day of practice. I also think back to just last spring when dojo members new and old arrived to both load and unload trucks, including members who weren't able to attend the seminar!
It's become evident that we won't be able to physically practice together for a time but I have been very encouraged that our members are working as a team to produce virtual Aikido content until the dojo can reopen.
So far we've got Video Review sessions, Podcasts, and sharing written work on Aikido. Live classes will begin this weekend in both the Framingham and Providence dojos. And don't forget the wildly popular "send in a video of you doing the jo kata" contest! There are more ideas in the pipeline.
During this time, I really appreciate the continued support of every member of the dojo. This will make it possible to continue our training virtually for now, and in person as soon as we are able.
Please keep yourselves and your families safe and healthy. Please use the resources we are making available, we really need your questions, comments and ideas.
And again, thank you very much!!
David Halprin Sensei