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Doka of the Day - June 27, 2017
When you assume chudan,
Move the enemy's spirit into the midst
And grasp the rhythm in the same fist.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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May 2017 AikiWeb Columns Now Available!
Posted 5/31/2017 3:02pm [from Jun Akiyama]

This month's batch of AikiWeb Columns is now available! We have a great set of five columns including "It Had to be Felt" columns on Maruyama Shuji by Ron Ragusa and on Matsuoka Haruo by Josh Gold; the first installment of a new series called "Aikido Picayunes" from John Driscoll; an essay on "Training After Shodan" from The Mirror; and, a column entitled "Wei Wu Wei" from Ross Robertson. As always, your comments in the thread following each column are appreciated by the authors, so please be sure to leave them your thoughts. Read columns here:

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Video/DVD - Living Aikido Life
Posted 6/11/2017 1:31pm [from Bogdan Heretoiu]

Living Aikido Life is a project dedicated to connecting local Aikido Dojos with educators and parents from K-12 Public Schools in their community, with the intention to explore Aikido’s fundamental principle of conflict resolution based on mutual respect. The film and overall project provides exceptional knowledge in how Aikido’s principles can be applied in our daily lives, regardless of being a Martial Artist or not. For more information please visit

Publication: "The Language of Aikido" by Michael Hacker
Posted 6/07/2017 8:47am [from Jun Akiyama]

Michael Hacker's new book "The Language of Aikido: A Practitioner's Guide to Japanese Characters and Terminology" has just been released in E-book format! It is a well-researched book steeped with scholarship, personal experience, and heart. I believe “The Language of Aikido” will help clarify the Japanese language as used in Aikido to deepen both the theory and practice of our art for practitioners of our art. An invaluable addition to every Aikido library. Highly recommended!

Seminar: 6/30-7/2/2017: Igarashi Shihan Last Summer Seminar Calgary
Posted 6/02/2017 10:32am [from Andrew Barron]

Igarashi, K Shihan 7th Dan is holding his last summer seminar in Calgary from June 30th to July 2nd, 2017. After supporting Calgary Aikikai for the almost four decades, as sensei of our founder Inaba, Y Shihan 6h Dan dojo’s ( Calgary Aikikai Established in 1980), and then following Inaba Sensei’s passing, as the mentor, yearly seminar conductor and yudansha examiner, he has decided to reduce his travel and commitments. Igarashi Shihan’s teaching style and wealth of understanding of all aspects of Aikido will forever be cherished by our members. We welcome all former and new students join us in this event. (for information see

Seminar: Aug 2017: Moore & Krzyzanowski in Poland
Posted 5/29/2017 7:08pm [from Kristen Radtke]

August 11-13, 2017: Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and Tomasz Krzyzanowski Sensei (6th dan) will lead a seminar hosted by Endokan Dojo in Liepaja, Latvia. All welcome! August 14-20, 2017: Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and Tomasz Krzyzanowski Sensei (6th dan) will lead the 19th annual international summer camp in Olsztyn, Poland. Students from 8-10 nations routinely attend...all welcome! For information please contact through

Seminar: Christian Tissier in Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 2, 2017
Posted 5/28/2017 7:43pm [from Shoshin Aikido Montreal]

Shoshin Aikido Montreal is honoured to host an intensive summer camp with Christian Tissier Shihan. Beautiful weather, the Jazz Festival, and a variety of other cultural events make this the best time of year to visit Montreal. Come and enjoy five days of exceptional Aikido practice in one of North America’s most exciting cities.

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8 Dan in Virginia (June 9-10 2017)
Posted 5/15/2017 8:25pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KHR) is pleased to announce the 2-day seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) in Arlington, VA/DC Metro Area on June 9-10 2017. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are very welcome. Check out the details in the dedicated Website:

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Florence, Italy, June 3-4, 2017
Posted 5/15/2017 8:24pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) & "Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KHR) are pleased to announce the 2-day seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) in Florence, Italy on June 3-4 2017. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are very welcome. Check out the details in the flyer

Article: "Connection in Aikido" by Ania Small
Posted 5/09/2017 10:39am [from Jun Akiyama]

Here's a nice article entitled "Connection in Aikido" by Ania Small (5th dan, Aikido of Maine) focusing on what "connection" means to four aikido instructors: Mitsugi Saotome, Hiroshi Ikeda, Bill Gleason, and Dan Messisco. From the article: "Connection is essential to Aikido, yet it’s not often talked about. It’s difficult to define, and even harder to teach. So what is the path for discovering unity in our own body and in movement with our partner? How can it be taught? This article focuses on how four teachers: Mitsugi Saotome, Hiroshi Ikeda, Bill Gleason and Dan Messisco describe connection, and what methods they use to help their students learn how to move in unison with their partners. In addition to experiencing their teaching in class, I asked for additional clarifications of their approach."

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