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Doka of the Day - October 20, 2017
Without the slightest opening
Nor the least thought of the enemy
And his encircling swords,
Step in and cut!

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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Hironobu Yamada Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai passes away
Posted 10/17/2017 8:43am [from Michael Leung]

With great regrets, Hong Kong Aikido Kan reports on the passing of Hironobu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan, Aikikai, on 15th October, 2017. Yamada Shihan was the Founder of Hokuso Aikikai and Hokuso Aikikai Holland, and Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. He was also a distinguished Shihan of the traditional martial art of Katori Shinto Ryu. Yamada Shihan began his Aikido career in 1963 at the Jiyugaoka Dojo under Hiroshi Tada Shihan, 9th Dan Aikikai, and has studied under Tada Shihan for over 50 years. Yamada Shihan established his first Dojo, the "JAL Aikido Club" (Japan Airlines Aikido Club) at Narita Airport in 1976. He founded the Hokuso Aikikai un 1983 and was also Shihan of the Yachimata Aikido Association. Yamada Shihan dedicated his life to the growth of Aikido both in Japan and internationally. Yamada Shihan taught extensively in Asia and was the Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. In Europe, Hokuso Aikido Holland is an affiliate of Hokuso Aikikai and Yamada Shihan trained thousands of Aikido practitioners with the Russia Aikikai. He had close ties with Dojos in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and other countries. Our deepest condolence to his family, loved ones, friends and students.

Seminar: Shinjiro Yokoyama in Houston, Texas - Oct. 20-22, 2017
Posted 10/02/2017 12:20pm [from Jorge Garcia]

Shudokan School of Aikido invites all affiliations of Aikidoka to enjoy training with under a wonderful teacher from Tokyo,Japan. Yokoyama Sensei trained exclusively under Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan for two decades. He is a young man who has internalized the teachings of Hiroshi Kato along with his own understanding of this art through his own training and pursuit of this art. Our Seminar will be from October 20-22, 2017 and will be held at the Samurai Martial Arts dojo at 17111 Kieth Harrow, Houston, Texas 77084. Bring a bokken and Jo because we will also be covering Kato Sensei's unique weapons system for advanced aikido movement. For more information,call Jorge Garcia at 281-630-0361

Seminar: Seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei, October 6-8, 2017
Posted 10/01/2017 9:04pm [from Marta Crispens]

Nashville Aikikai will be hosting a seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei on October 6-8, 2017. The seminar will be held at the Nashville Aikikai dojo at 1701B Fatherland St, Nashville, TN. If you are traveling from out of town, please be aware that I-24 will be closed from the I-40 split to the I-65 split starting at 8 PM Friday night, so you will need to give yourself a little extra travel time. Hope to see you there.

Seminar: October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont
Posted 10/01/2017 9:04pm [from Don Hebert]

October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont Mary Heiny Sensei has been practicing Aikido for almost 50 years. It is our great fortune that she continues to deepen her understanding of this amazing art and is so willing to share what she has learned. This annual seminar is both small and intimate so that each person has the maximum opportunity to receive the benefit of Mary's unique and insightful teaching. River Valley Aikido, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Seminar: Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Oct. 6-8th 2017
Posted 9/11/2017 2:12pm [from Andrew Barron]

We are excited and looking forward to training with 6th dan Ryuji Shirakawa Shihan of Sendai, Japan once again this Canadian Thanksgiving. This three day seminar with this dynamic sensei is not to be missed. This will be Senseiís only North American seminar in 2017 and is scheduled for October 6th, 7th and 8th. Please join us on the mat as Sensei teaches us with his characteristic humour, intensity, and powerful technique. If you haven't seen him check out:

Seminar: Mary Heiny Sensei in Oberlin, OH, Oct 6-8, 2017
Posted 9/11/2017 9:48am [from Andrzej Siwkiewicz]

Mary Heiny sensei will be coming back to Oberlin to teach our Fall Seminar October 6-8, 2017. She last visited Oberlin 10 years ago, so we are very pleased she is coming this year again. Mary Heiny Sensei (6th dan) has followed a path of physical and spiritual inspiration for more than forty five years, as a student and teacher of Aikido. She started this journey in 1965 after watching O'Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Heiny Sensei brings to every class, workshop, and seminar she teaches not only her years of aikido training and teaching, but also her extensive experience and study of Japanese culture, language, Shinto and Buddhist philosophies, and Non-Violent Communication. She strives always to communicate the beauty and challenge of O'sensei's desire that we use Aikido to become empowered as creative, compassionate beings and learn to appreciate each other as members of one human family. Seminar keiko will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, October 6, evening class at 7 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday, October 7, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 8, morning class at 10 - 12:30 p.m. The full seminar cost is $110, or $35 per class. All affiliations are welcomed. Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit:, or call 216-3922274.

Seminar: Tom Collings Sensei in Seattle, WA, 9/30 - 10/1/2017
Posted 9/07/2017 9:12am [from Jason Mallia]

Tenzan Aikido presents Tom Collings Sensei's practice which goes beyond style to demonstrate how each of us, using the principles of Aikido, can personalize our training and meet adversity with compassion. Tenzan Aikido Bruce Bookman Kaicho 7700 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 525-4032

Uchideshi Training at Korinji Monastery (Madison, WI)
Posted 7/08/2017 9:16pm [from Kristen Radtke]

Applications are being accepted for combined Aikido/Zen residential training at Korinji, a Rinzai monastery near Madison, WI. Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan), who is also a Zen teacher, serves as the Korinji abbot and will direct the training. Uchideshi in this full-time residential program will participate in daily Zen practice according to the monastic schedule, but with approximately 4 hours daily allotted for Aikido training. For formal uchideshi training a minimum stay of six months is required, with longer stays encouraged. Persons wishing to reside and train for shorter periods are also welcome, however, as general guests. For more information please click the link; inquiries may be directed to

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