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A New Home for Shin-Budo Kai

We are happy to announce that we have found a home for Shin-Budo Kai and can continue to train on a modified schedule for the foreseeable future. Chris Sassi Sensei of the Sassi Kyokushin Karate Center has kindly invited us to join his budo community for as long as we need. We will offer classes four days a week— see schedule below. Sassi Sensei maintains a schedule of Kyokushin classes at his dojo, and for the last seven years has hosted another aikido group, Genshinkan Aikido, led by Gary Wagener Sensei. We are entering into a true budo community and will treat this wonderful dojo as our own with all the care and respect we have always given to our SBK dojos over the years.

When does training start?

Imaizumi Sensei’s first class will be held on Tuesday March 3rd. Please make an effort to attend! We want a full, strong showing of our SBK community.

What is the new class schedule?

Classes will be held as follows:

Tuesday 6:00 — 8:00pm Taught by Imaizumi Sensei
Thursday 6:00 — 8:00pm Taught by SBK Senior Students
Friday 6:00 — 8:00pm Taught by Imaizumi Sensei
Sunday 12:30 — 2:30pm Taught by SBK Senior Students

Please arrive up to 15 minutes early and leave by 15 minutes past the end of class. We may get permission to extend this window if it seems too tight.

Where is it and how do I enter?

The address is 62 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue. Just to the right of the front door is a buzzer panel. Please press the third buzzer from the top, labeled “Rod Rodgers & Sassi Karate Center.” When you enter the lobby, the stairs are to your left. The dojo is a five story walk-up.

Please note– there will be someone at the desk in the lobby during our class hours, and that person might buzz you in when you arrive at the front door. Please feel free to introduce yourself. It is likely the owner of the building and General Manager of Rod Rodgers Dance Company. We want to become a part of this community, so greeting her with a friendly hello would be a great way to show this.

How will classes run?

Sassi Sensei conducts his karate classes on wood floors, and the Genshinkan has a set of Zebra mats (like ours) that they put down and take up systematically before and after their aikido training. Wagener Sensei has generously allowed us to use their mats for our classes. So please make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to help prepare the dojo for training. After training, we will do our usual soji (group cleaning) with rags and cleaning solution, before we move mats back to their usual stacks.

Please don’t hesitate to contact info@shinbudokai.org if you have any questions.