Seminar: Jan 15, 2022, 2022 San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar
Posted 11/13/2021 7:23am [from Lisa Tomoleoni]
Join us January 15, 2022 for the 17th Annual San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar, hosted by Jiai Aikido! Instructors are: Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan 7 Dan, Lisa Tomoleoni Shihan 6 Dan, Patrick Cassidy Sensei 6 Dan, Dan Messisco Sensei, 6 Dan, and cat Strada Sensei 3 Dan. This seminar will be offered in a hybrid format- train in person or virtually. Registration information at: https://www.sandiegoaikido.com/2022-san-diego-bridge. Everyone is welcome!
Dojo News: Aikikai Malta IAF Membership
Posted 11/13/2021 7:23am [from Aikikai Malta]
We are honoured and grateful that the International Aikido Federation (IAF) and it's members have accepted us as an Associate Member during the recent general assembly.
This shows clearly that in Aikido everyone is equal, no matter the country size.
This membership shall give new opportunities to the Aikido community in Malta at par with the global Aikido family.
Other: Sensei Collings, 6th Dan to swim 9 miles
Posted 11/13/2021 7:23am [from Jason Mallia]
Sensei Tom Collings is swimming 9 miles to mark his 70th Birthday. He is swimming to raise awareness and funds for Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. Sensei Collings is a wellness advocate and dog lover. He hopes his milestone birthday swim will promote pet adoptions and wellness.
Publication: Aikido Comes to America
Posted 11/13/2021 7:23am [from Antonio Aloia]
Aikido Comes to America places several early US practitioners in the context of the art's arrival and dissemination amidst American popular culture, spanning from the Beat Movement of the 1950s to the Japanese film craze of the 1980s and early 1990s. This book discusses aikido pioneers including Rodney Grantham, Thomas "Doc" Walker, Sam Combes, Steven Seagal, Lisa Tomoleoni, and George Kennedy among others.
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 www.MeTooAikido.com 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.