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Doka of the Day - August 29, 2015
Looking at this world,
Only a coward complains of what he sees.
As for me,
Let me stand courageously
In the face of the Kami's rage.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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June & July AikiWeb Columns Now Available
Posted 7/31/2015 12:52am [from Jun Akiyama]

We have a "double dose" of AikiWeb Columns today, with the June and July columns now published and available for your reading pleasure at: This month, we have great articles from 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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Promotion: Cecelia Ricciotti Sensei Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt
Posted 8/28/2015 4:32pm [from Justin Brame]

Cecelia Ricciotti Sensei was recently promoted to 8th degree black belt by Shuji Maruyama Sensei, founder of Kokikai Aikido. Ricciotti Sensei began practicing in 1974, has been teaching Aikido to children and adults in Philadelphia since 1978, and is now the highest ranking woman within the Kokikai Aikido organization. Congratulations, Sensei!

Mark "Tamon" Uttech Passes Away
Posted 8/14/2015 9:54am [from Jun Akiyama]

Mark "Tamon" Uttech (4th dan, Aikido of Marshall) passed away on August 11, 2015. According to his bio, he "began training in aikido in 1984 at Aikido of Madison under John Stone and Robin Cooper. Uttech Sensei was an instructor in Aikido of Madison's children's program when that program began in 1989. In 2003 he was awarded the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) with the approval of Saotome Sensei." My condolences to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

Seminar: Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7 Dan, in IL Sept 4-6
Posted 8/14/2015 9:54am [from Lisa Tomoleoni]

The Abiding Spirit Aikikai is pleased to once again host Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei for a 3-day seminar. Please join us for this special seminar- all styles and affiliations welcome. Pre-register for discounted price through our website or by mail. See you on the mat!

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

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

July 18: Celebration Of Chiba Sensei's Legacy, Birmingham UK
Posted 7/09/2015 9:49am [from Joe Curran]

Dear All, 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. Joe.

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.

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