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Doka of the Day - October 16, 2021
Reflecting through the Heavens,
All darkness is made light.
Descending, the vastness of the great sea
Is filled with the voices of Joy.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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It Had To Be Felt #75: Akimoto Hidehiro: "Living Proof"
Posted 8/09/2021 11:21am [from Jun Akiyama]

The latest "It Had to Be Felt" essay is now available for your reading pleasure, this time on Akimoto HIdehiro of the Iwama Ibaraki Dojo, written by Carl Thompson. From the essay: “Akimoto sensei once stated that when training under O-sensei, he did not get involved in the fighting culture that certain other teachers were notorious for. However, he followed this up with a very convincing statement that he knew what to do in a fight, and that the aikido we did in the dojo was a form of budo, which must be effective.”

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Wendy Whited Passes Away
Posted 9/30/2021 12:02pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I have just received news that Wendy Whited (7th dan, Inaka Dojo, Beecher IL) passed away on September 29, 2021 from cancer. She started aikido at Northen Illinois University in 1973. She visited Japan first in 1978 and returned in 1987 to be part of the Japanese Exchange of Teachers program for two years. She started Inaka Dojo in 1992. She was an educator, teaching junior high school from 1980 then later becoming school principal from 1999 until she retired in 2012. My condolences go out to her friends, family, students, and loved ones.

Promotion: Michael Kimeda Receives 7th dan
Posted 8/09/2021 7:24pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Special congratulations to long-time AikiWeb member Michael Kimeda (Aikido Yoshinkai Canada) for receiving his 7th dan! Congratulations, Spike. Now, get back to training. :)

Publication: "Kenshiro Abbe the Forgotten Budoka"
Posted 5/31/2021 9:00pm [from Henry Ellis]

New Amazon Book now Available. New Amazon book available, "Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, 1915-1985 - The Forgotten Budoka". Compiled by the Martial Arts researcher Abdul Rashid. This book is an in-depth look at the life and times of this legendry man of Budo, from his childhood to his time as a captain and Brigade Commander in the Imperial Japanese Army during WW2 - his time at the Busen - Butokukwai - His competition successes in front of the Japanese Emperor, his defeat of the great Judoka Kimura also his time in the UK and Europe. This will complete our `library` of British Martial Arts history as associated to the influence of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 8th dan Judo - 6th dan Kendo - 6th dan Aikido - 6th dan Ju-Kendo.

Website: #MeTooAikido Website & Facebook Page Launch
Posted 4/28/2021 7:57am [from Jun Akiyama]

C/w: Sexual harassment and assault. I wanted to highlight the website and the Facebook page MeTooAikido, both of which “bring awareness to all aikido practitioners about sexual harassment and assault. Find resources for survivors as well as dojo instructors, owners and organizations. Abuse in dojos affects all of us.” The website also contains an Aikido practitioner's sexual assault survivor’s story and a place to pledge your and your dojo/organizations support for the movement, as well as resources for survivors and support for Aikido dojo to create safer spaces. Please take a look, support, and sign the pledge. Thank you.

Publication: Aikizen: Spiritual Aikido
Posted 4/28/2021 7:56am [from Ralph Pettman]

I recently published a booklet entitled "Aikizen: Spiritual Aikido". In it I detail the erosion of the spiritual foundation to Aikido, and I posit its reconstruction using the moving version of a meditative modality called Aikizen. --Ralph Pettman

Publication: British Aikido History
Posted 4/28/2021 7:56am [from Henry Ellis]

The book `British Aikido History` The story of two pioneers from the Kenshiro Abbe Era 1950s - The book, published by Amazon on the 7th March 2021 - Many old photos - stories - anecdotes to give the reader a taste of those early days. The B/W version is £6-35p also available a colour version at £27-00. please visit Amazon Aikido Books, see top of books image [Look inside ] see a free preview. Regards Henry Ellis Co-author " British Aikido History".

Donovan Waite Sensei Passes Away
Posted 2/22/2021 3:21pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I have just been informed that Donovan Waite (7th dan, Aikido Institute of Philadelphia) has passed away, The United States Aikido Federation has posted onto Facebook, "We were notified of this tragic news today and at this time, we have no other information to share. Our hearts go out to his family, students, and friends throughout the world. There are no words to express the depth of this loss to the aikido community. We will always hold him in our hearts and in our practice." Waite started aikido in 1969 and received his shodan at age 14 and served as uchideshi to Yoshimitsu Yamada at the New York Aikikai for over 10 years. My condolences go out to his friends, family, students, and loved ones.

Seminar: Jan 16, 2021: Aikido Bridge Seminar (Zoom)
Posted 1/01/2021 9:05pm [from Lisa Tomoleoni]

Jan 16, 2021. Join us in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Aikido Bridge Seminars. The Bridge Seminars began in San Diego at Jiai Aikido. Jiai will host this celebratory seminar on January 16, 2021 over Zoom. All affiliations, dojo, and styles are welcome. See our website for further information:

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