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Doka of the Day - April 1, 2015
"To command the forest of enemy blades arrayed before you,
Know that the enemy's spirit/mind is your shield."

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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December AikiWeb Columns Now Available
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The December AikiWeb Columns are now available for your reading pleasure at: This month, we have great articles from Ross Robertson, "The Mirror," Lynn Seiser, and Gadi Shorr. 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: "At nearly 80, he earns his black belt in Aikido"
Posted 3/25/2015 7:23am [from Jun Akiyama]

Here's an aikido article entitled "At nearly 80, he earns his black belt in Aikido" which highlights Bob O'Hare who recently took his shodan exam for his 80th birthday. From the article: "It's a good feeling to work out and stretch and use your body and roll around," he said. "When I spend an hour and a half at the dojo for a training session, I will be thrown to the ground 100 times and get up. And I will throw someone else to the ground 100 times, and they will get up. This ability to work together and feel myself active, with somebody, it's a good feeling, and at the end of it, it's not like, 'Wow, what a workout.' It's more like, 'That was wonderful. And calming.' "

Walter Van Eck Passes Away
Posted 3/18/2015 6:45pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I have just been informed that Walter Van Enck (6th dan), chief instructor of the Midwest Aikido Center in Chicago, IL, has passed away. My condolences go to his family, friends, students, and loved ones. The following was posted on the Midwest Aikido Center's Facebook page: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of our friend, colleague, mentor, and Chief Instructor, Walter Van Enck. "Walter dedicated his adult life to practicing and promoting aikido, both at the Midwest Aikido Center and various locales around the United States and the world. "Although we feel sad and helpless at this time, we invite all to train at the dojo in the coming days to practice the art that Walter loved with others who cared about him. "Our hearts and prayers are with Walter’s family at this time."

Seminar: Women's Self-Defense Seminar with Meido Moore Sensei in Chicago
Posted 3/18/2015 6:45pm [from Kristen Radtke]

April 19th, 12-2pm at Shinjinkai in Chicago: Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) will lead this two hour session for adult and teen women, stressing concrete skills for becoming more safe and confident. Participants will also learn about themselves: how the way they stand, walk and move affects their likelihood of being chosen as a victim. Topics covered will include: Environmental awareness; Crime safety best practices; Tactically sound posture and movement; How not to fit the victim profile; Projecting confidence and inner strength; Reading the people around you; Fighting back with body and voice. No experience or physical condition is required. Please wear comfortable clothing. For online registration and more information on the instructor, please go to

Seminar: April 24-26, '15: Memorial Seminar, Aikido Center of Los Angeles
Posted 3/18/2015 6:45pm [from Mark Ehrlich]

Aikido Center of Los Angeles (ACLA) will continue the tradition of hosting its annual seminar and memorial service commemorating the death of O Sensei the weekend of April 24-26, 2015. Featuring instruction from ACLA's faculty, all direct students of Rev. Kensho Furuya Sensei (author of the martial arts reference standard "Kodo: Ancient Ways" and of the nine-volume "The Art of Aikido" video series), this event promises something for everyone: traditional instruction, dynamic training, great community, and good food and good times. The seminar will cost $100 per person. For more information, visit us at

Seminar: John Araujo Sensei 6th in Richland, Wa, Aug 15, 2015
Posted 2/24/2015 4:30pm [from John Araujo]

Tri-City Tenshin AIkido Dojo of Richland, Wa is honored to host John Araujo Sensei by popular demand from Aikido Of Bristol County Tenshin Dojo of New Bedford, Ma. Araujo Sensei has over 30 years in Aikido. Araujo Sensei is the chief instructor of the wildly popular Aikido of Bristol County Tenshin Dojo in New Bedford, Ma. And the President of his Bushido Tenshin AIkido Federation. Tri-City Tenshin Aikido Dojo is one of Sensei's affiliated Dojo's. Araujo Sensei will again be bring his mastery of centering and aikido connection to Richland, Wa for a special seminar on Saturday August 15, 2015 from 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm. This seminar will be energetic, expansive, and joyful. Don't miss this extraordinary event! This seminar is open to martial artists of all levels, affiliations and welcomes those who are new or seeking to cross train from other martial arts! This event will be held; Saturday August 15, 2015 10-12 2-4 Fee; $65 Tri-City Tenshin Aikido Dojo 1930 Saint Street Richland, wa. 99354 More info check out or Thank You!

Seminar: Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Arlington, VA (March 30 2015)
Posted 2/24/2015 4:30pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu Ha" (KAKKHRH) is pleased to announce the seminar directed by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai), which will take place in Virginia/DC Metro Area on March 30 2015. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are very welcome. Check out the details in the dedicated Webpage:

Seminar: Memorial Training in honor of Masamichi Noro, San Francisco, CA
Posted 2/24/2015 4:30pm [from Penny Sablove]

April 11, 2015: Takeharu Noro Sensei, the son of Masamichi Noro Sensei, (1935-2013), will be coming from Paris, France to teach in the Bay Area as a memorial to his father. Masamichi Noro was uchi deshi to Osensei 1955-1961 and went on to found over 200 dojos in Europe and Africa. Later on, he developed a method of teaching Aikido, (originally called "Méthode Noro de l'aikido" and now called "Kinomichi.")

Sioux Hall (6th dan, Harvard Aikikai) Passes Away
Posted 2/07/2015 8:43am [from Jun Akiyama]

[youtube]xRH8w_Wn_EA[/youtube] I have just received word that Sioux Hall (6th dan, Harvard Aikikai) has passed away from stomach cancer. She had just received her shihan title by the USAF in aikido earlier this year. My condolences go out to her family, friends, students, and loved ones. From the Harvard Aikikai website: "Sioux Hall (rokudan, shidoin, Chief Instructor), a student of the late Mitsunari Kanai-shihan for 28 years, is the Chief Instructor at Harvard Aikikai. Since 2003, she has been regular instructor at Harvard. In addition, Hall-sensei has served as Chief Instructor at Wheaton College and Milton Academy, as Visiting Instructor at Martha’s Vineyard Aikido Club, as well as teaching classes at Boston University’s School of Theater Arts, the Charles River Creative Arts Camp, and with the MIT Aikido Club. In 1984, Hall-sensei founded and directed the Childrens Program and taught there for 20 years, under the guidance of Kanai-shihan. She has taught seminars in Ottawa, Albany, New York Aikikai, and at several East Coast Aikido camps. In keeping with the tradition of the Harvard Aikikai, Hall-sensei is affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation. Hall-sensei brings a strong commitment to setting a high standard of Aikido in the artistic and martial tradition of her own Sensei, to creating a welcoming atmosphere of mutual respect, and encouraging everyone to discover their full potential."

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