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Doka of the Day - November 29, 2015
I stand in the mountain stream
So pure! The splashing sound of water against the stone.
Yet where is the person
Who with such purity can speak (of the Way).

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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September AikiWeb Columns Now Available
Posted 9/28/2015 11:38am [from Jun Akiyama]

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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Article: Ellis Amdur, "The Use of Weapons in Aikido Training"
Posted 10/28/2015 5:42pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Here's an Aikido article entitled "The Use of Weapons in Aikidō Training" by Ellis Amdur. From the article: "How does weapon practice contribute to or inhibit the aims of aikidō? The essential nature of a weapon is as an object created to do harm to others—to cut and slash flesh, crush bone, give pain, even take life. Any other purposes, such as using the weapon as emblem of power or as means of spiritual advancement, are secondary developments. Therefore, the first question: Is aikidō weapon technique effective as a combative martial art?"

Simone Wedell (4th dan, Bay Marin Aikido) turns 80 years old
Posted 10/23/2015 9:22pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Here's an aikido article entitled "At 80, Sausalito's Wedell an inspiration to fellow aikido students" which highlights Simone Wedell, 4th dan, who just celebrated her 80th birthday and her 30 years in aikido. From the article: "I don’t feel like I’m the oldest,” she said. “You can practice aikido at any age. It is a non-competitive martial art. A peaceful art and very soothing to get your frustrations out considering what goes on in the world. A good way to handle crisis.”

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Treviso, Italy (November 2015)
Posted 10/23/2015 9:21pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) is pleased to announce the seminar directed by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai), which will take place in Paese (Treviso), Italy, on November 28-29 2015. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are welcome. Check out the details in the AACTG website

Seminar: Tres Hofmeister Sensei at Bond Street Dojo, NYC, January 8-10
Posted 10/13/2015 9:49am [from Bond Street Dojo]

Please save the dates! Tres Hofmeister sensei will be coming for our annual Kagami Biraki seminar January 8-10, 2016 (dan testing and celebration planned for Sunday). Please check back at for more information and to pre-register.

Dojo News: Yoshinkan Aikido Style Dojo in Boston, MA!
Posted 10/13/2015 9:49am [from Nikolay Shustov]

For everyone in Boston, MA vicinity who is interested in studying Yoshinkan style of Aikido. Starting from June, 2015, there is a new Aikido dojo opened in Boston, that features Yoshinkan style of Aikido classes (Doshinkan, AANA). Osu! - Nikolay Shustov, Dojocho of Doshin Aiki Dojo

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.

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