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Doka of the Day - October 19, 2018
Whenever I seem to confront
Another dead end on my path,
That precious way of Izu and Mizu
I bring to mind once more.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba


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Seminar: Oct 12-14, 2018: George Ledyard Sensei in Oberlin, OH
Posted 9/15/2018 12:31pm [from Andrzej Siwkiewicz]

Oberlin Aikikai invites all to join us for the annual Fall Aikido Seminar in Oberlin with George Ledyard Sensei. This special gasshuku will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, October 12, evening class at 7 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 13, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, October 14, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m. The full seminar cost is $110, or $30 per class. All affiliations are welcomed. Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: http://clevelandaikido.com/events/, email: oberlinaikikai@yahoo.com or call 216-392 2274. See you on the mat, Andrzej Siwkiewicz Oberlin Aikido Club Head Instructor

Seminar: Shinjiro Yokoyama, 6th dan in Houston / Oct. 19-21, 2018
Posted 9/15/2018 12:31pm [from Jorge Garcia]

The Shudokan Aikido Association is pleased to be hosting Shinjiro Yokoyama from Tokyo, Japan at the Shudokan School of Aikido in Houston, Texas from October 19-21,2018. Yokoyama Sensei was a direct student of Shihan Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan for more than two decades at the Suginami Aikikai in Tokyo, Japan. Yokoyama Sensei will be teaching both body arts and the weapons system espoused by Kato Shihan. He will also show his own personal developments in the Aikido. All affiliations are welcome. Please bring a bokken and jo. For more information call 281-630-0361

Seminar: Friendship Seminar - Collings Sensei & Solonyy Sensei 9/22 & 23, 2018
Posted 8/29/2018 12:10pm [from Jason Mallia]

Sep 22-23, 2018: New York Yoshinkan Dojo and Genyukan Dojo are pleased to offer a friendship seminar by Tom Collings, Sensei 6th Dan Aikido Aikikai & Roman Solonyy, Sensei 4th Dan Aikido Yoshinkan. Location: Genyukan Dojo, 101-06 Queens Blvd., 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, NY 11375 For more information and registration, please contact Roman Solonyy Sensei via email: rsaikido@yahoo.com or at (646)229-4649 or visit www.newyorkyoshinkan.com.

Seminar: Sep 22, 2018: Basics Seminar with Erik Calderon in Arlington, TX
Posted 8/24/2018 9:44pm [from Erik Calderon]

September 22, 2018 Arlington Aikido will be hosting a special Aikido Basics Seminar with Erik Sasha Calderon, 4th dan. After training in Japan, Calderon Sensei moved back to Houston and founded the Dojo ShinKikan. He was instrumental in introducing Kato, Hiroshi Shihan to the Aikido world. The basics seminar will cover Basic Aikido movements, such as front and back rolls, back falls, shikou, basic attacks, basic weapons and kokyu. The seminar is free, and will be accepting donations to cover travel expenses. Please visit Shinkikan Aikido Seminar for more information.

Seminar: Aug 18, 2018: Keganin No Senshi Aikido Train-the-Trainers Workshop
Posted 7/29/2018 12:37pm [from Frances Welson]

Keganin No Senshi Aikido (KNSA) Train-the-Trainers workshop in Baltimore on 18 August. This workshop was developed for aikidoka interested in working with veterans. Military service members; veterans and their families; Veterans Administration staff; therapists and counselors; and anyone concerned about or interested in working with veterans are welcome. The workshop is an opportunity to learn about KNSA’s approach to teaching a therapeutic form of Aikido as a resource for veterans living with PTSD. Participants who are interested in applying what they learn will have a chance to practice during mini-classes and to receive feedback from staff and participants. Check link for details.

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8thDan in CA & AZ (June 2018)
Posted 6/04/2018 11:52pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KAKKHR), in cooperation with "Los Angeles Aiki Kai" & "Arizona Aikido", cordially invites you to a series of June 2018 seminars with André Cognard Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai): Los Angeles, CA (June 16-17 & 27-28), Bakersfield, CA (June 18-19), Santa Ana, CA (June 20-21), San Diego, CA (June 22-24), Irvine, CA (June 25-26), Phoenix, AZ (June 30 & July 1). All levels and affiliations are welcome. Check out the details in the dedicated Website: http://www.usa-seminar-kakkhh.com

Seminar: Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Sept. 21-23 2018
Posted 5/28/2018 3:23pm [from Andrew James Barron]

Calgary Aikikai is excited and looking forward to training with 6th Dan Ryuji Shirakawa Shihan of Sendai, Japan this September. This is the only seminar he will be conducting in North America and should not to be missed. All are welcome to come train with this dynamic and energetic Sensei. Info at : www.calgaryaikikai.com

Shihan Ruriko Masutani Passes Away
Posted 5/16/2018 2:30pm [from Matthew Streiff]

Sad news that Shihan Ruriko "June" (Masutani) Harris, of Springdale, PA, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Also known as Ruriko Masutani, June was the beloved friend of Nigel Beckford, Matt Streiff, Alan Pelton, Skip Fox, Bob Intrieri, Martin Pachol, Greg Yakich, Barbara Brandom, Will Graves, Jim Weldon; step-mother of Darla Liston and family. June was the proud founder and executive director of Aikido of Pittsburgh. Shihan Ruriko Masutani founded Aikido of Pittsburgh in 1968 after she emigrated from Japan as a Christian exchange student. Born in Himeji, Japan, Shihan Masutani began practicing Aikido as a child in the early 1950’s under the guidance of her father. After moving to the United States and finally settling in Pittsburgh, Shihan Masutani continued training and began teaching seminars up and down the east coast. She taught Aikido in Pittsburgh for over 48 years. Along the way she has made many friends and taught thousands of students. In Pittsburgh she opened dojos in East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, Fox Chapel and finally Etna. June had a special way with people, students, teachers, people on the street, nurses and caregivers… she was always known and always loved by those she touched. Her journey in life has had Aikido and martial arts threaded throughout. From her early years as part of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) then a member of the Aikido of Ueshiba association and her later years as an independent instructor, Masutani Sensei always sought to give her students and friends the best, regardless of affiliations and associations. June was always a very independent person. Austere in many ways, she cut away frivolousness and got to the heart of training or relationships. She built a community in the Aikido and martial arts world that has a lasting legacy in those that she taught. She will be missed but will forever be remembered. Celebrate June’s life with her friends at a memorial service on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 2 PM at Aikido of Pittsburgh, 401 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15223. Arrangements made by Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 923 Saxonburg. In addition to the memorial service on Sunday June 3rd, the senior instructors of Aikido of Pittsburgh will hold a memorial Aikido seminar in her honor later in 2018. The burial will take place after that seminar. Please check the Aikido of Pittsburgh website, www.aikidopittsburgh.org, or our Facebook page for more details on the seminar and burial date.



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