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Doka of the Day - January 24, 2017
The great and honored Kami
Taught us the way to govern the world
By creating the 75 sounds (of the Kotodama).

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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Seminar: Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2-4th June 2017
Posted 1/23/2017 3:17pm [from scott reed]

Toshiro Suga returns to Edinburgh for his annual seminar. Toshiro began aikido in 1968 at Hombu Dojo, Tokyo and was a senior student of Tamura Sensei, 8th Dan. He lives and teaches in Paris and conducts seminars worldwide. The course is open to everyone - please bring aikido weapons and proof of insurance.

Seminar: Koretoshi Maruyama in Kendal, UK (8-10 July, 2017)
Posted 1/23/2017 3:17pm [from Mike Haft]

Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai will be teaching a seminar in Kendal UK on 8-10th July 2017. Maruyama Sensei was a deshi of Morihei Ueshiba for 13 years. In 1972 he was appointed Chief Instructor of the Ki Society by Koichi Tohei and was eventually designated as Tohei Sensei’s successor. In 1991 he resigned from the Ki Society and entered a temple for a period of 10 years, after which he toured extensively establishing Aikido Yuishinkai. Aikido Yuishinkai has influences from the internal aspects of Daito Ryu and Ki-Aikido, as well as Shinkage Ryu sword, the technical curriculum represents Maruyama Sensei’s desire to pass on the aikido he learned directly from the founder himself

Seminar: Meido Moore and John Mazza in Chicago, 2/18-2/19/2017
Posted 1/18/2017 11:49pm [from Kristen Radtek]

Shinjinkai will hold its annual Kangeiko - winter training seminar - on February 18-19. Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and John Mazza Sensei (6th dan) will instruct. Weapons training will include a session instructing the use of striking implements such as tessen. Students of any organization or level are welcome; info and registration online at

Pascal Norbelly Passes Away
Posted 1/08/2017 8:09am [from Jun Akiyama]

Pasal Norbelly (6th dan, Aikido Bonneuil) has passed away due to cardiac arrest on the eve of January 7, 2017. He was 55 years old. Norbelly started training in 1975 under Bernard Palmier then under Christian Tissier and other Aikikai instructors including Masatoshi Yasuno, Mistugi Saotome, and Seishiro Endo. He received his 6th dan in 2005. My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

2017 Aikikai Hombu Dojo New Years (Kagamibiraki) Promotions List
Posted 1/08/2017 7:49am [from Jun Akiyama]

The 2017 Aikikai Hombu Dojo New Years (Kagamibiraki) Promotions List has been announced and may be downloaded (PDF) here. Congratulations to everyone listed who has been granted a promotion!

Seminar: William Gleason Shihan at the Cleveland Aikikai , 1/27-1/29/2017
Posted 12/24/2016 8:15pm [from Andrzej Siwkiewicz]

William Gleason Shihan will be visting Cleveland Aikikai teaching the 2017 Winter Aikido Seminar in Cleveland, Ohio. Gleason sensei holds the rank of 7th dan in aikido and is the founder and head instructor of Shobu Aikido in Somerville, MA, USA. He is an author of books about aikido, spirituality and kototama. William Gleason Sensei studied Aikido from 1970 to 1980 at the main world headquarters (Hombu Dojo) in Japan and also with Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan. During that same period, Gleason Sensei studied swordsmanship (kenjutsu) as well as Japanese language, classical music, and Eastern religion. Since 1985 Gleason Sensei has continued to practice and teach under the auspices of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. Keiko will be held January 27-29, 2017 at the Cleveland Aikikai dojo on the 3rd floor of the Asian Town Center, 3820 Superior Avenue,Cleveland, OH 44114. Seminar schedule: Friday January 27, 7-9 p.m., Saturday January 28, 10-12 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Sunday January 29, 10-1 p.m. Cost $130 for the seminar, or $35 per class. For more information email: or call: 216-369-9292

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8thDan in Padua, Italy (November 26-27 2016)
Posted 12/24/2016 8:15pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" & "Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" are pleased to announce a seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai), which will take place in Padua, Italy on November 26-27 2016. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are welcome. Check out the details in the: flyer

Steven Seagal Receives Russian Citizenship
Posted 11/03/2016 5:12pm [from Jun Akiyama]

According to the Kremlin website, Steven Seagal (7th dan, Aikikai) has been accorded a Russian Federation citizenship by Vladimir Putin.

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