Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Day 1797: A forever home, at last!





Fronds2, collage, old print & digital













Want music?

 




Click here for Kool and the Gang, Celebration.
then click back on this blog tab or here to listen as you browse, or not?









A year to the day after we were forced from our honbu dojo...




  

and moved into a temporary dojo,





 now we start classes in our new forever dojo.

(top) front, (lower) back view. 848 N. Parton Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Today was the first class in this new home & we are happy!











If we look hot & tired, we were, but happy.






Having just moved in, there's still more work to do ...
figuring out what goes where. But, we are home.




I asked Demura sensei to smile, and he did, sort of, (top)
so I mentioned Mei, and then the big smile! 




More information mentioned earlier here.
Important to mention the many who volunteered, 
worked, spent their time to make this new home possible.
• First and most important, Demura sensei 
who wanted a permanent home for his students.
Daryoush Shahidzadeh who scoured Santa Ana properties
to find a potential "honbu dojo" that met Demura sensei's list.
• Bob Cherone, Remodeling Contractor at Primoremodel
who donated countless hours rebuilding our new dojo.
• Dave Hines, Industrial Designer, Product Development
for his stellar design expertise & renderings.
• And an army of dojo volunteers, too many to name all,
please forgive any omissions. 

new tatami warriors, Jess, Bill, Dave & Sean
 
Bob Cherone, Jess Seiffert, Bill Bessert, Roy Center,
Daryoush Shahidzadeh, Jesse Cemme, Michael Keating, 
Michael Cavanaugh, Robert Vasquez, Javier Toledo
Jared Stanton, Tina Forsythe,  Sean Demura, Juan Moreno


Some of the warriors! Jared, Tina, Sean, Bob, Jess, Bill, photo taken by Robert



On behalf of all of us ... Arigatou gozaimasu.


















91 degrees, Sunny, Santa Ana, CA





First class in our forever dojo!











A smile for Tuesday ...















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