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Doka of the Day - February 24, 2020
The enemy may assume gedan,
But stay as you are in chudan,
Move your blade neither up nor down.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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Latest "It Had To Be Felt" Column on Yokota Yoshiaki
Posted 1/13/2020 9:31pm [from Jun Akiyama]

The latest “It Had to Be Felt” article on Yokota Yoshiaki (8th dan) is now available for your reading pleasure! Written by Rionne McAvoy (4th dan), the article writes about how Yokota sensei kept him from quitting aikido and later influenced Rionne’s entry into Japanese professional wrestling. Worth a read!

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Seminar: Mar 27-29, 2020: Jean Francois Riondet Sensei in Malta
Posted 1/20/2020 8:53am [from Kevin Bonanno]

AIKIKAI MALTA has the pleasure to announce its Spring Aikido Seminar under the direction of Jean Francois & Tomoko Riondet Sensei between the 27th – 29th March 2020.

2020 Aikikai Hombu Dojo Kagami Biraki Promotions List
Posted 1/12/2020 1:17am [from Jun Akiyama]

Aikikai Hombu Dojo has just published its annual Kagami Biraki ranking promotions list. Congratulations go out to everyone listed! Who do you recognize on the list that you would like to congratulate?

Seminar: Apr 24-26, 2020: Hoa Newens Sensei at Austin Iwama Aikido
Posted 1/10/2020 8:22pm [from Christopher S. Field]

Join us April 24th - 26th, 2020 as Hoa Newens Sensei kicks off the celebration of Austin Iwama Aikido's 10th anniversary! All styles are welcome. Sign-up before February 8th, 2020 for the early registration discount.

Passing of O Sensei student Norman Miles
Posted 1/10/2020 8:22pm [from Margaret Miles]

Hello. I would like to pass along the belated news of the 2016 passing of my father, Norman Miles, who was one of the first foreign students under O Sensei (you can see him in this image: The memory of his dedication to Aikido, and the memorabilia I have from his time under O Sensei, have been a tremendous comfort since his passing. Not sure if my "Uncle" Kenny (also pictured in the photo) is still around - so many of the foreign students scattered to different corners of the world to start their dojos. Though my father did not move on to open a dojo of his own due to military business obligations, I think Uncle Kenny went to either Isle of Man or South Africa to spread O Sensei's teachings.

Seminar: Jan 20, 2020: Thomas Collings Sensei 6th Dan in Bellmore, NY
Posted 12/24/2019 7:00pm [from Jason Mallia]

The Skills of Non-Violence & Peacemaking for Aikido Students January 20, 2020 @ 2200 Merokee Place, Bellmore, NY 11710. Phone # 516.428.7893. Seminar is from 10AM-3PM. Registration is 9 am. Fee for the seminar is $60. seminar will be on De-escalation techniques, safety awareness, activating our innate early warning abilities, emergency stress management, understanding O-Sensei's Takemusu Aiki and much more.

Marlory Graham's Response to the Petition for Gender Equality in the USAF
Posted 10/14/2019 7:38am [from Jun Akiyama]

Here is a great post entitled "Time to Tenkan" by Malory Graham (6th dan, Seattle Aikikai) on the recent petition calling for gender equity in the United States Aikido Federation. [First posted on Facebook; reprinted here with permission.] From the post: "After 30+ years in this male-dominated field, I am not naive enough to think that gender parity will happen overnight in response to a petition. I also don’t think putting a woman on the technical committee as a mere token of affirmative action really addresses the core problem. I’m more concerned about the pervasive sentiment shared behind closed doors that women’s aikido isn’t “technically good enough” to warrant a position on the committee. While I am all for being judged by one’s merit, maybe the whole paradigm about how we place value on 'what is good enough aikido?' and who decides 'what is good enough aikido?' should also be addressed to see if it has bias?"

USAF Responds to Petition "Support Women in the USAF"
Posted 10/06/2019 3:53pm [from Jun Akiyama]

The United States Aikido Federation's board of directors has posted a response entitled "A Statement from the USAF Board of Directors 10-3-2019" to a petition put forth on September 14, 2019 entitled "Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation". The original petition from the Independent Coalition of USAF Women stated, "Specifically, we seek: A. Recognition that gender equity is a valid issue that needs exploration in the USAF through a Gender Equity Task Force. B. Representation in USAF structures as well as USAF activities/seminars at least proportional to member population. C. Removal of barriers to the advancement of women, at all levels of practice. D. A change in the Technical Committee structure to include women on the Technical Committee. E. Transparency, including publication of statistics about gender in the USAF." The response from the USAF Board of Directors provides their views on each of the above points in the petition.

Passing of Keith Hartley Sensei
Posted 9/24/2019 11:58am [from Jason Mallia]

Aikido Sensei Keith Hartley died on Sept 21 at the age of 89. He was an aikido pioneer in New Zealand, opening the first Iwama aikido Dojo there. He continued training into his eighties. Keith studied several styles of Aikido, becoming an uchi deshi at the Iwama dojo in his mid fifties. Few aikido phonies and fake masters escaped his biting humor, and his often hilarious sarcasm. At age 86, while walking his dog he slipped on loose gravel and took a near perfect break fall with no injury. He still complained that his technique was sloppy and he would do better next time. The Aikido community has lost another great one. - Written by T Collings Sensei

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