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Doka of the Day - January 16, 2019
By ritual purification, wash clean the soul.
The true form of the All-pervasive
Universal Principle cries out
In the midst of the Light courageously
With martial valor does it howl.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Okimura Shigenobu by Christopher Barnett
Posted 1/07/2019 3:47pm [from Jun Akiyama]

A new AikiWeb Column, "It Had to Be Felt #62, Okumura Shigenobu: 'A Truly Inspiring Teacher'" by Christopher Barnett is now available for your reading pleasure!

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Aikikai Hombu Dojo 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions
Posted 1/13/2019 1:52am [from Jun Akiyama]

Aikikai Hombu Dojo has just put out their 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions list. Congratulations to everyone promoted!

Article: "The Disability Working Group in Action"
Posted 1/07/2019 10:42am [from Jun Akiyama]

The International Aikido Federation has posted an article entitled "The Disability Working Group in Action" which highlights Lydia Zijdel (3rd dan, Netherland) and Molly Hale (4th dan, Aikido West), two Aikido teachers who use wheelchairs. From the article: "For the first time, two wheelchair using Aikido teachers taught together in Aikido clinics in Europe. Lydia Zijdel, the Chairperson of the Disability Working Group of the IAF, from Netherland, and Molly Hale, member of the same working group, from USA, organized a tour where they taught together in Netherland. This event was organized in cooperation with Aikikai Netherland, under the aegis of IAF."

Event: Jan 4-6 & 11-13, 2019: Kobayashi Ryu Aikido in Los Angeles, CA
Posted 12/26/2018 5:23pm [from Kim T]

Los Angeles Aiki Kai invites you to an opportunity to experience Kobayashi Ryu Aikido as we host a training with Franck Palazzolo Shihan, 6th Dan KAKKHR/DNBK, of France for the first two weekends in January (Fri-Sun Jan 4-6 & 11-13). LAAK is the home of KAKKHR in the USA, bringing opportunities to learn the teachings of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and André Cognard Hanshi. Please contact ( to inquire or for more information. Thank you!

Seminar: Jan 19, 2019: Aikido Delaware Aikikai & Kiyo Mizu Kai 2019 Kagami Biraki
Posted 12/17/2018 8:46pm [from Birte Feld]

Aikido Delaware Aikikai and Kiyo Mizu Kai cordially invite you to join in our annual New Year’s event; our Kagami Biraki and Shinnenkai Celebration! Experience this traditional Japanese “Unveiling of the Mirror” ceremony as a rededication of ourselves to become true to the spirit of Aikido in the New Year. Everyone is welcome to participate in making Mochi (traditional Japanese rice cakes), followed by the Kagami Biraki Ceremony, which is led by WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan. Then enjoy the ‘Skinship’ with an Aikido class, observe various Budo demonstrations with children and adults, and partake in brief refreshments at our Dojo. Adults: $25, Aikido Kids: free. All are welcome! Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Drive, Ste. A, Newark, DE 19713 When: Saturday, January 19th 9.00 am to 2.00 pm For more information visit or call 302-369-AIKI (2454).

Online Video: NHK Aikido Documentary (until Dec 13, 2018)
Posted 12/01/2018 9:05pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Here is an online streaming 30-minute video documentary on Aikido from NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, featuring footage of Moriteru Ueshiba and others. (The documentary is only available through December 13, 2018.)

Kupuna Aikido Hawaii: "Practicing a Fall to Prevent Injury"
Posted 11/24/2018 1:27pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Here is a news segment titled "Practicing a Fall to Prevent Injury" about Kupuna Aikido in Hawaii which offers classes to teach people how to fall safely. From the article: "Every year, millions of people 65 and older fall, according to the CDC, and three-million of them go to the emergency room. You probably wouldn't think that martial arts could be the answer, because while you can't plan for a fall, you can practice for it. Kupuna are falling left and right in this class by the non-profit Kupuna Aikido Hawai'i."

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy (December 1-2 2018)
Posted 11/24/2018 1:27pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KAKKHR) and "Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) cordially invite you to the Aikido Seminar that André Cognard Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) will conduct in Venice, Italy, on December 1-2 2018. All levels and affiliations are welcome. Check out the details and download the flyer (available in Italian, English, and French) in the dedicated webpage

Seminar: Fall Friendship Seminar - 11/10 - 11/2018
Posted 10/25/2018 1:27pm [from Jason Mallia]

Please join Hans Goto 7th Dan, Greg O'Connor 7th Dan and Tom Collings 6th Dan for the Fall Friendship Seminar. November 10 at Aikido Centers of New Jersey 38 Station Rd, Sparta, NJ 917-853-4325 AM:10-Noon and PM:2-4 (Mat Fee $80). On November 11 Hans Goto will be at Integrated Peace Arts 305 Central Ave. Suite 2, White Plains, NY 914-648-0492 9 AM - Noon (Mat Fee $50).

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