Seminar: Midwest Aikido Bridge Seminar, Mar 21-23, 2014, Crystal Lake, IL
Posted 3/11/2014 10:31am [from Lisa Tomoleoni]
Please join us for the annual Midwest Aikido Bridge seminar! March 21-23, 2014, Abiding Spirit Center, Crystal Lake, IL. Instruction by: Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, 7 dan, Ariff Mehter Sensei, 7 dan and local instructors. All styles and affiliations welcome!
Event: 2014 USAF Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Posted 2/26/2014 9:42am [from Jun Akiyama]
I've just received word that the registration for the 2014 United States Aikido Federation (USAF) Summer Camp is now open.
From the announcement: "Once again, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, located at 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey USA, will be the venue for the 2014 USAF Summer Camp beginning Sunday, July 27th and ending Saturday, August 2nd."
Aikido program to help combat veterans struggling with PTSD
Posted 2/25/2014 2:08pm [from Frances Welson]
Keganin No Senshi Aikido (KNSA), a national program for veterans developed by a Viet Nam veteran, is based on the art of Aikido as taught by KNSA founder, sensei and veteran, Thomas Osborn.
We are working to raise much-needed funds to start and support a nationwide program of autonomous, local groups capable of utilizing Aikido - the healing art of peace - to help combat veterans struggling with PTSD. Tom is continuing to teach on the PTSD ward at our local VA facility and we are talking with a number of people across the country who are interested in starting programs in their local areas. You can subscribe to our newsletter and view our Indiegogo campaign by clicking here and find more information about the program and the book at our website.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dojo News: Fundraiser: Aikido No Zo T-Shirts
Posted 2/22/2014 4:57pm [from Chicago Aikido Club]
Chicago Aikido Club is now selling T-shirts featuring the Aikidō No Zō (合気道の像). This delightful illustration, inspired by the Indian parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant, is a visualization of the many approaches and attitudes assumed in the study of Aikido by its different teachers, students, schools and organizations.
The title is a play on words inspired by Japanese puns using homophones. Aikidō No Zō (合気道の像) translates as “A Portrait of Aikido.” However, “Zō” also sounds like the character “象” meaning “elephant.”
Aikidō No Zō T-shirts are available in small, medium, large and extra-large. Special orders may be made for other sizes. All shirts are available for $25 each. E-mail us at email@example.com to place your order. Payment may be made by checks made out to Chicago Aikido Club mailed to Chicago Aikido Club, 5315 N. Clark St. #105, Chicago, IL 60640 or via PayPal.
Proceeds from sales will go to help replace mats at our host institution, Tohkon Judo Academy (www.tohkon.com).
TV/Movies: William Perkins Interviewed by Yohei Ishihama
Posted 2/22/2014 4:57pm [from William Perkins]
Interview from up coming Documentary on Bushido.
Seminar: Hiroshi Ikeda sensei in the UK, April 17-20, 2014
Posted 2/22/2014 4:57pm [from John Burn]
Ikeda sensei is back! 4 days, 20 hours and 1 exceptional teacher.
April 17, 18, 19 & 20. Chishin Dojo are very proud to host one of the worlds foremost Aikido teachers for his 3rd visit to the UK.
This year we’re hosting sensei for a longer than usual 4 day seminar and spaces are filling up fast. There will be plenty of hands on time and a lot of socialising over the 4 days with Ikeda sensei. Spaces are limited to 50 people and this year we’re hosting the entire event in our own dojo in Coventry. There’s limited space to stay in the dojo on a first come, first served basis so please get in touch ASAP.
We have fewer than 15 spaces remaining as of February 18.
Special Project for NY Aikikai & Yamada Sensei
Posted 2/04/2014 5:24pm [from Jun Akiyama]
I just got the following from New York Aikikai:
As you probably know, 2014 is a special year for the New York Aikikai and Yamada Sensei, celebrating the dojo's 50th anniversary!
We are working on a special project for this celebration, and would like to ask for everybody's help.
If you, or someone you know, visited the NYA dojo (or the anniversaries summer camps) along these years (1964-2014) and have interesting photos from your visit please email them to us in the highest quality you have. If you have many, you can send them in lower quality and we can ask for the ones we pick to be sent later at a higher resolution. If you have older (none digital), printed photos and you are unable to scan them, let us know and we can help with that too.
Please send your photos to (or contact with any questions):
Shai Golan at firstname.lastname@example.org
To be able to put this together in time for the summer celebrations we would appreciate it if you send us your photos ASAP or, by end of February at the latest.
Your help is greatly appreciated and we hope to see everybody at one of the many upcoming NYA 50th celebrations!
New York Aikikai
Admin Job at Aikido in Fredericksburg
Posted 2/04/2014 1:44pm [from Aviv]
Program Assistant * Job Announcement:
Aikido in Fredericksburg (“AIF”) is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to the teaching and practice of the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido. AIF is looking for a Program Assistant to replace our current enthusiastic staffer who will be leaving for university this summer. This is a part-time permanent contract position which will start in the second quarter of 2014 to provide time for overlap and training with current staff. Twenty hours per week is preferred but at least fifteen is required. The position also offers the possibility to be “uchideshi” (a live-in student) and gain the skills needed to become an Assistant Instructor. Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience.
Assist Chief Instructor/COO and work collaboratively to improve dojo programs
Maintain office and work spaces
Maintain computer and hard copy files
Support members including processing new and prospective students, tracking attendance, printing rank certificates, belts for child students, etc.
Coordinate dojo events including Community Open House Series and assist with Seminar production
Maintain dojo facilities, storage spaces, uniform inventory, and supplies
Develop resources to support / enhance dojo operations
Assist with event planning / facilitation
Create flyers and assist with marketing
Utilize and expand procedures manual
Maintain / develop partnerships with local organizations, especially schools
Other duties as assigned
Interest in Aikido and/or non-profit educational services
Proficiency with Windows and Microsoft Office software
Good writing, research, and communication skills
Positive Aikido training history
Some college, degree preferred
Graphic art and/or web skills
Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com