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Doka of the Day - October 10, 2015
Let us bind togather
Heaven and Earth, Kami and Man.
So we may guard and protect
This age of ours.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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This month's AikiWeb Columns are now available for your reading pleasure at: We have some great columns this month 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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Seminar: Tres Hofmeister in Oberlin, OH, Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015
Posted 9/28/2015 11:38am [from Andrzej Siwkiewicz]

Oberlin Aikikai would like to extend warm welcome to all to join us for the fall training at the Halloween Seminar in Oberlin with Tres Hofmesiter Shihan. Tres Hofmeister Sensei is a senior instructor for Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU), teaching regularly at Boulder Aikikai and at seminars throughout North America and abroad. He is a student of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan. He began his training in 1978 and joined Boulder Aikikai in 1980. He has a particular interest in the process of learning in Aikido and its relationship to self-understanding. Hofmesiter Shihan has been recognized with the Ueshiba Juku designation by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, indicating his direct lineage to the Founder and Saotome Shihan himself. Keiko will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, October 30th, evening class at 7 - 9 p.m., Saturday, October 31st, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, November 1st, morning class at 10 - 1 p.m. The seminar cost is $110, or $35 per class. Saturday night dinner party at Hales - $15. All affiliations are welcomed. Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: email: or, or call 216-3922274. See you on the mat, Andrzej Siwkiewicz Oberlin Aikido Club Head Instructor

Seminar: Shimamoto Shihan @ Toronto Oct 3 & 4, 2015
Posted 9/18/2015 10:26am [from C Ang]

International Friendship Seminar in Toronto.. Oct 3 & 4, 2015 at Japanese Canadian Cultural Center. Featuring: Katsuyuki Shimamoto Shihan 8th Dan, Japan, Osamu Obata Shihan 7th Dan, Canada, Philip Lee Shihan 6th Dan, Singapore, Aziz Belhassane Shihan 6th Dan, Belgium, Frank Burlingham Sensei 5th Dan, United Kingdom

Event: Events with John Araujo (6th dan, Aikido of Bristol County)
Posted 9/18/2015 10:26am [from John Araujo]

John Araujo (6th dan, Aikido of Bristol County) will be participating in a variety of events in 2015/2016: Sep 26: Women's self defense workshop. Oct 3: Manjiro Festival in Fairhaven, MA. Nov 12-14: Workshop & blackbelt testing. Jan, 2016: Workshop in Livermore, CA. May 18-22, 2016: Workshop in Richland, WA.

Seminar: Oct 9-11, 2015: Ryuji Shirakawa, 5th Dan in Calgary
Posted 9/18/2015 10:26am [from Andrew Barron]

Calgary Aikikai welcomes all to our October 9 - 11th, 2015 fall seminar with Ryuji Shirakawa Sensei. This seminar is well worth attending to watch a new and up and coming practitioner following in the footsteps of his famous father Katsutoshi Shirakawa Shihan. For a previous you can observe his dynamic technique on the following link

Seminar: March 11-13, 2016: IOA Winter Seminar - Kingston Upon Thames
Posted 9/06/2015 6:34pm [from Fernando]

Kingston Aikido Club will we hosting the Institute Of Aikido (IOA) Winter School 2016 on the 11th, 12th and 13th March. Please register your interest here: To view the Kingston Aikido club website go here:

Seminar: Mary Heiny Sensei in Vermont Oct 16-18, 2015
Posted 8/30/2015 11:35am [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. River Valley Aikido, 11 Cottage Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301.

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.

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