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Doka of the Day - July 22, 2014
"To command the forest of enemy blades arrayed before you,
Know that the enemy's spirit/mind is your shield."

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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May AikiWeb Columns Now Available
Posted 5/25/2014 9:43am [from Jun Akiyama]

The May AikiWeb Columns are now available for your reading pleasure by clicking here. This month, we have great articles from Peter Goldsbury, Gadi Shorr, Ross Robertson, "The Mirror," and Lynn Seiser. As always, your comments in the thread following each column are appreciated by the authors, so please be sure to leave them your thoughts!

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Publication: Aikido in Japan and The Way Less Traveled
Posted 7/07/2014 11:04am [from Steve Earle]

William Gillespie, 5th dan Aikikai and Dojocho of Beijing Aikikai, has written a provocative and entertaining account of his experiences while training at Hombu Dojo in the late 1990s called "Aikido in Japan and The Way Less Traveled." This book will serve as both an introduction for those who have never been to Hombu to the Hombu experience and as an invitation to those who have been there to look for what they might have missed. Gillespie also gives us his views on topics as diverse as Aikido in an MMA world and the origins of BJJ.

Seminar: Donovan Waite in Philadelphia, PA - Aug 30, 2014
Posted 7/05/2014 10:59pm [from John Wes Green]

Old City Aikido is hosting a Summer Seminar on Saturday August 30th and it will be taught be Donovan Waite Shihan. It will be a mixture of open hand techniques and weapons (bokken and jo) that will help improve the overall technical aspects of a practitioner’s Aikido capability. The event is open to all Aikido and martial arts practitioners of any level. It is free to view and the cost to participate is $40 for a half day and $65 for the full day. The schedule is as follows: Registration begins at 9:00am Morning Session: 10:00am - 11:00am 11:10am - 12:10pm Lunch Afternoon Session: 2:00pm - 3:00pm 3:10pm – 4:00pm Please also join us for a Potluck Summer Celebration Party after the last class!

Event: Kenshusei at Aiki Farms Ledyard CT, July 15-18, 2014
Posted 6/25/2014 5:29pm [from Jim Lowder]

Kenshusei at Aiki Farms Ledyard CT July 15-18th ending with a seminar at City Aiki on the 19th. More info city aiki Facebook,, or City Aiki youtube also Summer Kenshusei Facebook. Final day to register is June 30th. Call401-363-2838 for more info.

Publication: New Book Of Aikido Stories: A Way to Reconcile the World
Posted 6/20/2014 5:50pm [from Jerry Green]

Editor Quentin Cooke met Robert Frager Sensei, 7th dan, who had studied with O Sensei, the founder of Aikido. Frager Sensei had a wonderful aura of calm and deep wisdom and as they talked about this and that, he said casually ‘It’s such a shame that there is no one out there who is capturing the wonderful stories that arise out of aikido.’ This book contains over 80 aikido stories from everyday life, collected from around the world. . The range of ways and circumstances in which people have used what they have learnt on the mat to deal with whatever life throws at them is simply amazing. Some stories are very short and make a simple point, and others are more profound, but they all serve to inspire and motivate and will serve to entice others to understand the benefits of aikido practice. All proceeds from the book will go to Aiki Extensions, the international charity based in the USA, that seeks to encourage Aikido students to extend the principles they learn on the mat into the world at large, and which undertakes worthy projects using aikido as a tool to help the less fortunate. To order the book, click here.

Seminar: Outdoor Training Retreat in WI, 25-27 July with Meido Moore
Posted 6/20/2014 5:50pm [from Kristen Radtke]

Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan, Shinjinkai in Chicago) will instruct at this event which combines Aikido weapons practice, meditation and training in wilderness survival/primitive life skills. The latter will be instructed by Craig Caudill, founder of Nature Reliance School( All training is conducted outdoors rain or shine; proceeds benefit Korinji, the Zen monastery which hosts the event. All are welcome!

Seminar: Saotome Shihan Seminar at Redlands Aikikai, August 22-24, 2014
Posted 6/14/2014 11:22pm [from Kristine Prakash]

August 22-24, 2014, Saotome Shihan will be at Redlands Aikikai (Redlands, CA) for a full weekend seminar. Saotome Shihan is the Founder & Head Instructor, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, 15-year live-in student of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Redlands Aikikai will also be celebrating our dojo's 20th Anniversary. Early registration is open at our website . For more information please visit our website Redlands Aikikai or our Facebook page . For a preview of the seminar please watch this youtube video.

Seminar: June 2014 – Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in VA, CA, AZ
Posted 6/03/2014 11:33am [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu Ha" (KAKKHRH) is pleased to remind the series of seminars that Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai), which will direct soon in Virginia/DC Metro Area (June 9: Arlington), Southern California (June 12-14: Orange) and Arizona (June 16: Phoenix). All affiliations, levels, and juniors are very welcome. Check out the details in the dedicated Website:

Seminar: Meido Moore in Poland and Croatia, August 2014
Posted 6/03/2014 11:33am [from Kristen Radtke]

Meido Moore Sensei, 6th dan from Shinjinkai in Chicago, will lead instruction at two August events in Europe: the International Aikido Summer Camp in Ilawa, Poland (August 10-16), and a seminar in Split, Croatia (August 26-27). Also teaching will be Tomasz Krzyzanowski Sensei, 6th dan from Poland, and special guest instructor Urban Aldenklint Shihan, 6th dan from Sweden. For more information email to All are welcome.

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