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Doka of the Day - April 28, 2017
Pour your spirit and heart
Into daily technical training,
To approach the many through a single principle.
This is "The Way of the Fighting Man."

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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New Batch of AikiWeb Columns Now Available!
Posted 4/16/2017 10:23pm [from Jun Akiyama]

A wonderful new batch of AikiWeb Columns are now available for your reading pleasure: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 28 (Part One) from Peter Goldsbury; It Had to Be Felt #57: Saito Morihiro: "Soft Strength" by Ethan Weisgard; In a Good Place by "The Mirror"; and, Only the Silence by Ross Robertson. As always, your comments in the thread following each column are appreciated by the authors, so please be sure to leave them your thoughts. All previous columns may be found here:

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Crowdfunding for 2017 East African Seminar
Posted 4/27/2017 11:57am [from Jun Akiyama]

Here is an Aikido crowdfunding campaign to support the 2017 East African Seminar. The team organizing the seminar consists of Richard Strozzi-Hecker, Lou Pollack, Tesfaye Tekelu, and Katina Bishop. From the page: "The 2017 East African Seminar, a collaboration between Aikido Ethiopia and the African Union Peace Initiative will represent the first of its kind. Young African practitioners from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti will have the unique opportunity to learn from world renowned international experts in Aikido, embodied leadership, somatic education, and conflict resolution."

Publication: "Blood, Sweat & Years" by John Longford
Posted 4/27/2017 10:41am [from John Longford]

I have written a book detailing my training and travels in Aikido over the past 37 years. It is called: "Blood, Sweat & Years". The book is a light-hearted account with a forward by Sensei Tony Sargeant, 6th Dan Aikikai.

Seminar: Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Oberlin Aikikai, April 28-30, 2017
Posted 4/06/2017 11:15am [from Andrzej Siwkiewicz]

All are welcome to join Oberlin Aikikai for the May Fair Seminar featuring Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan of Boulder Aikikai. This year Ikeda Shihan will visit Oberlin College April 28-30th, 2017. Ikeda sensei has been visiting Oberlin for more than 30 years teaching May Fair seminars and sharing his unique insight into Aikido. He travels around the world often participating in Bridge seminars that include teachers from other organizations and arts. Keiko will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, April 28, evening class at 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, morning class at 10 - 1 p.m. The seminar cost $140, or $40 per class. Preregistration is advised and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: or, or call 216-3922274. See you on the mat, Andrzej Siwkiewicz Oberlin Aikido Club Head Instructor

Event: Aiki Extension 2017 Conference - Call for Presenters
Posted 3/22/2017 12:41pm [from Aviv Goldsmith]

The 2017 Aiki Extensions US Conference will take place October 6-8 at Aikido in Fredericksburg, VA. The Conference Committee is seeking dynamic, qualified presenters to organize 60-minute sessions exploring the application of aikido in everyday life. AE is currently inviting presentation proposals through April 21. The Conference Committee will announce the final schedule in May. Please put thought into your proposal as not all presentations will be accepted. Successful proposals will align closely with one of the Conference tracks: Peacemaking, Education, Business, Body & Mind. If you have any questions, please contact

Seminar: USAF Summer Camp 2017 Registration Now Open
Posted 3/21/2017 11:19am [from Jun Akiyama]

The United States Aikido Federation's 2017 Summer Camp registration is now open! Taking place July 30 through August 5, 2017 in Galloway, New Jersey with Yoshimitsu Yamada (8th dan), Hayato Osawa (7th dan), the USAF Technical Committee, and USAF Instructors. More information on their website.

Stanley Pranin Passes Away
Posted 3/09/2017 8:45pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal passed away on March 7, 2017. There is more information in this Facebook post. My condolences go to his family, friends, and loved ones.

Seminar: 13th Annual Potomac Aikikai Aniversery Seminar - 7/28-30, 2017
Posted 3/04/2017 3:11pm [from Edward Jones]

Hello folks, Would like to let everyone know that we are planning to have our (Potomac Aikikai) 13th Anniversary Seminar on Friday, July 28 - Sunday, July, 30, 2017. Asim Hanif Sensei will be out from Scottsdale Aikikai to join us for all there days of the seminar. We will have our 6th Annual Potomac Aikikai Pool Party on Sat, July 29th after training at the home of Ed Jones in Great Falls, VA. All participants are welcome to attend. Additional guest instructors will be announced in the coming weeks. Best regards, Ed (On behalf of Potomac Aikikai)

Seminar: Aikido Tai-Sai Shugyo Retreat - April 22 & 23, 2017
Posted 3/04/2017 3:10pm [from Jason Mallia]

Please join us for a weekend of intensive meditation, breath work and Aikido practice on the anniversary of O-Senseiís passing. Inspired by the Founderís powerful example, we will integrate deep internal disciplines into our Aikido practice and our lives. Retreat will be led by Tom Collings Sensei, 6th Dan, author of Searching for O-Sensei. Collings Sensei was uchi deshi at O-Senseiís Iwama Dojo and has over 40 years of monastic training.

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