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Doka of the Day - September 28, 2016
Even through surrounded by a great number of enemy,
View them as one person --
And so fight on!

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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Seminar: Meido Moore in Poland, Nov. 18-20, 2016
Posted 9/06/2016 12:35pm [from Kristen Radtke]

Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan, Shinjinkai) and Tomasz Krzyzanowski Sensei (6th dan, AAI-Polska) will jointly instruct this three day seminar at Hodokan Dojo in Gizycko, Poland. The seminar celebrates the dojo's 20th anniversary and all are welcome! More information at

Publication: New Edition of "Dueling with O-sensei" by Ellis Amdur
Posted 9/05/2016 6:40pm [from Jun Akiyama]

The new edition of "Dueling with O-sensei" by Ellis Amdur is now available at Freelance Academy Press, Inc. From the page: "Originally published in 2000, and now fully revised, with eight new chapters, new artwork and photography, Dueling with O Sensei, Revised and Expanded Edition will be an invaluable addition to the library of old readers and new alike."

Seminar: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont, Oct 14,15,16 2016
Posted 9/05/2016 6:40pm [from Don Hebert]

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. Anyone wishing to both broaden and deepen their Aikido practice should consider attending this seminar. Contact

12th IAF Congress in Takasaki Japan, Sep 26-Oct 3, 2016
Posted 8/08/2016 12:21am [from Rommel Miel]

The 12th International Aikido Federation Congress will happen this September 26-October 3, 2016 in Takasaki City, Gunma, Japan. This event happens only every four years. Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and 20 other high ranking aikido masters will teach during the congress.

Seminar: Jim Alvarez sensei, 6th Dan in the U.K., Aug 13-14, 2016
Posted 8/08/2016 12:21am [from John Burn]

Shinsei Dojo is pleased to be hosting a seminar with Jim Alvarez sensei of Aikido of Livermore Shinrei Dojo, San Francisco, on the 13th and 14th of August 2016. The Seminar will be held at Chishin Dojo, Coventry and will run from 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday and 11.00 - 17.00 Sunday, with a lunch break. There are plenty of places to eat near the dojo and accomodation is also in abundance in the area. The cost of the seminar will be £50 for the weekend or £30 for one day Please contact, with the email subject matter as 'Jim Alverez Seminar', for booking information.

Kentucky Schools Ordered to Stop Using Aikido on Students
Posted 8/05/2016 8:43am [from Jun Akiyama]

The Kentucky state education commissioner, Stephen Pruitt, has sent a letter to public school superintendents to stop using a method called "Aikido Control Training" which teaches ways of physically restraining students. From the article: "Pruitt's letter said that all employees who are trained to utilize prone or supine restraint or have been trained through Aikido Control Training are prohibited from being involved in any physical restraints of students until they are trained through a different program. [...] Dr. Melissa Currie, head of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at the University of Louisville, who reviews cases of injuries to children from suspected abuse, said her office has examined several cases of injuries, primarily broken bones, that she said resulted from the use of Aikido Control Training in Jefferson County schools."

Seminar: Endo Shihan seminar in Poland
Posted 8/05/2016 8:43am [from Piotr Linca]

Hi, we invite you to a seminar with Seihiro Endo Shihan in Poland, October 2016. All the details are at the link below. Please send this information to your friends and Aikido practicioners. Best Regards Piotr Linca

Ralph Chiaradia of Hartford Connecticut has passed away
Posted 7/13/2016 6:46pm [from Brian Putkonen]

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Sensei Ralph Chiaradia of Hartford Connecticut. Ralph has maintained an active dojo in his basement dojo for the past 50 years. He has trained thousands of students and considered all that entered his dojo, a friend. Sensei Ralph chose to maintain an independent dojo but had fond memories of many aikido students and schools throughout New England. He still maintained many relationships with students long after they left the dojo. As my Sensei, friend, extended family, and fishing partner, he will be missed. Sensei Chiaradia (ki a ra di a ) started his aikido journey in 1964 when Aikido was first introduced to the United States. His training began by traveling to New York to study with the newly formed New York Aikikai. Shortly thereafter he started his own dojo as a way to continue his training outside of New York and thereby established the first Aikido Dojo in Connecticut in 1965, the 13th Aikido dojo in the US. Sensei Chiaradia along with his daughter Joanna continued training in New York for many years along with attending Aikido Summer camps throughout the East Coast during the 60’s, and continuing into the early 80's. Sensei Chiaradia has trained under Koichi Tohei, Yamada, Mauriyama, Kanai, Chiba, Saotome and other direct students of Uyeshiba, the founder of Aikido. He was strongly influenced by Koichi Tohei, who he trained under numerous times when he visited our country. He was fortunate to become friends with Tohei who visited his dojo several times.

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