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Doka of the Day - March 29, 2023
Even the most powerful human being
Has a limited sphere of strength.
Draw him outside of that sphere
And into your own, and his strength will dissipate.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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It Had to Be Felt #76: Asai Katsuaki: "Like a safecracker"
Posted 2/17/2022 7:16pm [from Jun Akiyama]

The latest "It Had to Be Felt" essay is now available for your reading pleasure, this time on Asai Katsuaki (8th dan, Aikikai Deutschland), written by Markus Rohde (5th dan, Aikidoschule Essen). From the essay: "Asai sensei once told us that when he attacked O-sensei, his body moved because he was drawn into that movement, before he could understand why. Taking ukemi for Asai Sensei often approaches that; he definitely possesses some degree of this attracting force. You really get the feeling to be taken, and being required to stick to him."

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Seminar: Apri 14-15, 2023: Spring Camp in Malta
Posted 3/12/2023 12:41pm [from Yamato Dojo]

Aikikai Malta is organising its Spring Camp between the 14 - 15th April being lead by Jean Francois & Tomoko Riondet Senseis. Their Aikido reflects simplicity, clarity, energy and growth. The seminar is open to everyone.

Seminar: Aiki Kai o Kona 35th Anniversary Seminar, June 3-4, 2023
Posted 1/26/2023 5:42pm [from Bill Stockton]

Aloha, I'm please to announce Aiki Kai o Kona's 35th anniversary seminar hosting Hombu Dojo's Kuribayashi Takanori shihan as our guest instructor. Please join us in Kona Hawaii on June 3rd and 4th of 2023 for keiko and fellowship.

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in London, UK (March 25-26 2023)
Posted 1/24/2023 9:56am [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KAKKHR) is glad to announce a seminar directed by André Cognard Shihan 8th Dan, Soke of the Kobayashi Ryu Aikido, and Hanshi of the "Dai Nippon Butoku Kai" (DNBK). The seminar is open to everyone. All affiliations and levels are welcome. More info and sign-up at the event page

Yoshimitsu Yamada Passes Away
Posted 1/15/2023 4:31pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I have just gotten word that Yoshimitsu Yamada (8th dan, New York Aikikai) passed away today on January 15, 2023. Born in 1938, Yamada started aikido at age 17 as uchideshi to Morihei Ueshiba at Aikikai Hombu Dojo. He first came to the United States in 1964 and moved to New York to take care of the New York Aikikai (which was founded in 1961). Yamada was president of the United States Aikido Federation, established in 1976. My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

Aikikai Hombu Dojo New Years Promotion List, 2023
Posted 1/08/2023 7:49am [from Jun Akiyama]

The 2023 New Years "Kagami Biraki" promotions list has been released by Aikikai Hombu Dojo at this link. Congratulations to everyone listed!

Wendy Palmer Sensei Passes Away
Posted 12/03/2022 9:39am [from Jun Akiyama]

I have gotten word that Wendy Palmer sensei (7th dan, Aikido of Tamalpais) passed away on December 2, 2022 due to lung cancer. Wendy started aikido in 1971 in San Francisco, California, with Bob Nadeau. She met George Leonard and Richard Strozzi-Heckler at Aikido of San Francisco on Turk Street; the three of them would establish Aikido of Tamalpais in Mill Valley in 1976. She was the founder of Leadership Embodiment which brought together her experiences in Aikido and meditation. My condolences go out to her family, students, and loved ones.

Seminar: Oct 6/7, 2022 in San Diego: Ikeda Shihan/Tomoleoni Shihan
Posted 9/15/2022 8:04am [from Lisa Tomoleoni]

2022 Shimbokukai Autumn Seminar: Aikido Shimbokukai welcomes Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7 Dan and Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan, 6 Dan for our Autumn Seminar at Jiai Aikido in San Diego October 7-9. Aikido practitioners of any style and affiliation are welcome! Training will be in-person and there will also be a virtual option available. The format of this seminar will be different, in that all classes will be co-taught by both instructors, presenting variations of techniques one right after the other. This unique teaching offers attendees the opportunity to experience the many shifts within each technique and the connections between variations of techniques.

Event: July 10: Online Conversation with Ukrainian Aikido Instructors
Posted 7/06/2022 2:18pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Sunday, July 10, 2022 9:00 AM PDT: Online Fundraising Event for Ukraine: A Conversation with Ukrainian Aikido Instructors. Join us on Zoom for an interactive conversation with Ukrainian Aikido-ka. More info and sign-up at:

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