Two Cranes Aikido and COVID-19

Two Cranes is closed March 13 through March 31.
All in-person classes are cancelled.

March 17, 2020

Greetings. Thank you for your notes regarding our decision to close the dojo temporarily. Two weeks ago, I could not have imagined a time when I would not bow onto the mat with fellow Aikidoists. At present, we find ourselves with an opportunity to implement what we practice on the mat: be ahead of the curve and recognize the power and responsibility of being part of a global family. That means finding immensely creative ways to maintain our connections in other ways than on the mat, for the moment. It's an opportunity we might never have considered. In adapting, we align with the advice of researchers around the world who tell us that the exponential spread of coronavirus can be shifted to our advantage, but only if we intervene early. That means now. 

Today I find comfort in reading the teachings of the American Buddhist Teacher Pema Chodran. She has spent her life teaching her sangha to see that all the barriers we erect between ourselves and others is an illusion. Just like O’Sensei, she sings the song of global connectedness. I hear myself repeat her sage words: "May the roots of suffering diminish, may violence, neglect, and indifference decrease. And may the wisdom and compassion of all beings blossom now, and in the future." I add to this chant: may all beings find a way to care for themselves and their community members in light of this unprecedented coronavirus crisis. May we do the right thing by seeing what could come by keeping our hearts open and our creativity on tap and may we investigate what it truly means to lead the life of a spiritual warrior.

March 13, 2020

Greetings Two Cranes Institute family and friends,

All of you might agree with me that it's been quite a week. I have heard many vivid stories from you in such a small period of time. For each of us questions are floating in the breeze like: How do we take care of each other in light of this rapidly changing coronavirus? How do we juggle extraordinary unknowns? On a more personal level that involves each of us in our Two Cranes community, how do we make the right decisions about our training that vitalize ourselves and assure the safety and protection for ourselves, our family and friends?

Two Cranes Institute has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds, at all levels. Since the virus landed in the Seattle area we have kept our doors open and adapted training to nurture our children, teens and adults. The need for the teachings of Aikido is stronger than ever. Yes, we can choose to live in our panic, our unconscious fears, our worries; or we can ground in the essence of our practice, ground ourselves, and embody calm and serenity. We can turn a seemingly grim moment to a possibility.  We can cultivate our compassion, generosity, and vivaciousness.

I am grateful to my aikido practice these 40 plus years. I hear my teachers remind me to: "Find your ground. Feel your heart. Bow to "Great Nature. Most importantly, I am saying under my breath:  keep my center when all looks bleak. Now the Aikido I have practiced in my life meets me at my gut.   

With a heavy heart I face the decision to suspend classes at the dojo for the month of March. I came to this decision with the senior teachers at the dojo: Dan McAbee, Dave Hurley, Greg Mock and Sara Gerhart Snell. It's a struggle decision. Even as I feel the need for the body-centered teachings is more important than ever, I have to respect the impact that this virus is having on every one in our community. We intend to use this time to find positive ways to train. We will devote our practice and our policies to adeptly respond as needed as things change - we know they will. We aim to keep you up to date.

This is an epic moment for us all.  What’s so amazing about being alive right now is, as grim as things seem right now, the future is ours to shape.

In spirit, 



As we move forward look for emails on ways we will offer to continue training and to support our community including:

  • Weapons training in the park for kids, teens, and adults
  • Tai chi at the park
  • Cleaning the dojo – time to make it spick and span!
  • Gardening at the dojo
  • Video and online learning opportunities


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