TV/Movies: IndieGogo Campain: Shihan Jacques Payet Film Project
Posted 7/31/2015 12:52am [from Kenji Lee]
Greetings from Kyoto, Japan. For those who haven't been here it's a must-visit spot in Asia. Culture, food, outdoors, amazing seasonal changes, and lots of cool people. So it was only fitting that it was here I met Jacques Payet, 7th degree Yoshinkan Aikido master.
Jacques Payet is from a tiny island in the Indian Ocean who did what everyone thought was impossible: he left his home, travelled to a far-off land where he didn’t speak the language, didn't know the culture, and became an apprentice of Shioda Gozo, one of the most prominent figures in the world of Aikido.
Thirty years later, Jacques Payet has become a highly respected figure in the international Aikido community. He currently runs his own dojo in Kyoto, Japan, where young people travel from around the world to train with him on year-long intensive Aikido programs. He is also regularly invited to visit dojo's around the world.
His story is unique, amazing, and empowering, and we want to share it with the world.
My name is Kenji Lee and I'm the filmmaker making JP - A film about the extraordinary life of an aikido master.
We are currently funding our film on Indiegogo and in just our first week we've been blown away by the response!!! It seems there are a lot of people out there who want to see this film come to life. Please take some time to check out this campaign and support a fellow aikidoka http://igg.me/at/jp-film
Event: Israel Aikikai's formal recognition by Hombu Dojo
Posted 7/18/2015 2:18pm [from Ze'ev Erlich]
July 23, 2015: A special aikido class, demonstrations and celebration of formal recognition of Israel Aikikai by Hombu Dojo.
Dojo News: Tomiki Aikido in Toronto, Canada
Posted 7/18/2015 2:18pm [from Sandjar Djalalov]
The Tomiki Aikido Club of U of T is looking for students. We are located in Downtown Toronto at U of T Campus. Head instructor is Sandjar Djalalov, 3rd dan.
For more info please visit our website http://www.tomikiaikidouoft.ca/
July 18: Celebration Of Chiba Sensei's Legacy, Birmingham UK
Posted 7/09/2015 9:49am [from Joe Curran]
On the 18th of July the British Birankai are hosting a Celebration of Chiba Sensei's Life and Legacy, There is also a buffet planned for the evening. Details can be found on the British Birankai website or by phoning 01912372908 for details. All are welcome. The event is in Birmingham University.
Dojo News: Ushi-Deshi program at Aikido Willapa Bay, WA
Posted 7/09/2015 9:49am [from Glenn Leichman]
Aikido Willapa Bay, a dojo located on pristine Willapa Bay on the coast of Washington State, is now offering a live in ushi-deshi program. Please contact us if you are interested in short or long term stays on our retreat facility.
David Goldberg Medical Fund
Posted 7/01/2015 12:25am [from Jun Akiyama]
David Goldberg (5th dan, River of Life Dojo, Fort Washington, PA) was in a serious motorcycle accident on June 26 in Pennsylvania and is in the hospital. A student and friend of his has set up a GoFundMe fund (below). Please consider lending a hand to a long-time aikido practitioner and teacher. Every little bit helps!
Please click here to visit the funding page.
Seminar: Bill Witt Shihan at Austin Iwama Aikido, Jul 31 - Aug 2, 2015
Posted 6/23/2015 6:03pm [from C.S. Field]
Bill Witt Shihan (7th Dan), a direct student of both Morihiro Saito as well as the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, will be conducting a seminar at Austin Iwama Aikido this July 31st through August 2nd. Register by June 30th to take advantage of the reduced $100 early registration fee.
Rick Stickles Sensei Passes Away
Posted 6/22/2015 9:09am [from Jun Akiyama]
USAF News is reporting that Rick Stickles sensei (7th dan, Aikido Schools of New Jersey) has passed away this Sunday, June 21, 2015. According to their report, ASNJ members will be holding a memorial service at their dojo on Wednesday, June 24, at 7pm.
Stickles sensei was introduced to aikido shortly after graduating from NYU and became soto deshi under Yoshimitsu Yamada sensei. He founded Aikido Schools of New Jersey in 1977 and created a curriculum called "Sit, Cut, Throw" which incorporates his Dzogchen meditation practice, aiki-ken, and empty-handed aikido practices. He was married with three children.
My condolences to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.