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Doka of the Day - April 1, 2020
To see the true things,
Harmonize with the voice which shouts, "Yah!"
Never be drawn into the rhythm of the enemy

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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It Had to Be Felt #66 and #67: Yoshifumi Watahiki and Yutaka Kurita
Posted 3/23/2020 9:06pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Two new "It Had to Be Felt" columns are available for your reading pleasure! It Had To Be Felt #66: Watahiki Yoshifumi: "A Promise to O-Sensei" by Carl Thompson; It Had To Be Felt #67: Kurita Yutaka: "A Devoted Follower" by José Carlos Escobar. These articles provide two very personal glimpses into these two aikido shihan. Be sure to check them out (as well as the rest of the It Had to be Felt series)!

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Irvin Faust (7th dan, Albany Aikido) Passes Away
Posted 3/29/2020 3:30pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I just heard from Albany Aikido of the passing of Irvin Faust this morning. He was a 7th dan shihan and trained with Luqman Hakeem and Yoshimitsu Yamada. He had been teaching at Albany Aikido since 1985. My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

Roy Suenaka Passes Away
Posted 3/28/2020 9:27am [from Jun Akiyama]

I just got word that Roy Suenaka (Wadokai Aikido, Charleston SC) passed away on March 8, 2020. He started aikido in the early 1950's, attending demonstrations by Koichi Tohei and going to Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1960 to study with Morihei Ueshiba (from whom he received menkyo kaiden in 1961). He founded Wadokai Aikido in 1975 and taught Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho Aikido ("Suenaka style, philosophical way"). His obituary may be read here. My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

"10 Things You Can Do to Support Women in Aikido" by Malory Graham
Posted 3/07/2020 10:14am [from Jun Akiyama]

Here is a great article from Malory Graham (6th dan, Seattle Aikikai) on "10 Things You Can Do to Support Women in Aikido." From the article: "7. Put Women in Leadership Roles. Give women a true place of power at the table in your dojo or organization. Know the difference between having a woman serve in a President position vs. a Secretary or Admin role. We all benefit from the diversity of women’s voices in leadership roles."

Seminar: April 27, 29, 2020: Jun Nomoto (7th dan) in Malta
Posted 3/03/2020 3:20pm [from Kevin Bonanno]

Aikikai Malta is pleased to announce its European Aikido seminar led by Jun Nomoto Shihan (7th Dan) on 27th & 29th April 2020 being the ‘35th Anniversary of Satomi Hakkenkai’ in Europe.

Event: July 17-19, 2020: Shimbokukai Annual Instructors Intensive, Crystal Lake IL
Posted 3/03/2020 12:31pm [from Lisa Rose Tomoleoni]

Please join us for our Annual Instructors Intensive, to be held July 17-19, 2020. This seminar will be for people who currently are instructors, and also anyone who has a wish to become an instructor in the future. Participation is open to not only Aikido Shimbokukai members and supporting members, but also to Aikidoists of any affiliation and lineage. ​ Rather than focus on how to do techniques, the content of the seminar will focus on developing instruction skills, improving the transmission of Aikido technique and philosophy, growing and maintaining a dojo, and other aspects of running a successful dojo. All participants will have the opportunity to interact with each other, share ideas, teaching methods and dojo management methods. We will, of course, have ample training time together as well! The venue for the seminar this year is the Abiding Spirit Center, in Crystal Lake, IL.

Seminar: June 4-7, 2020: Shimbokukai Summer Seminar, Spring TX
Posted 3/03/2020 12:31pm [from Lisa Tomoleoni]

Join us for our annual summer seminar, to be held June 4-7 at the MAT Center, just outside of Houston, Texas! The seminar will be four days of training, fun, and friendship. 2020 is the 15th Anniversary of the founding of Aikido Shimbokukai, so please come help us celebrate! ​Featuring Main Instructors: Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7th Dan, Boulder Aikikai Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, 6 Dan, Director Shimbokukai and Special Guest Instructor Greg Angus Sensei, 6 Dan, Naka Ima Aikikai in Toronto, Canada Supporting Instructors will be determined later...... All people of any and all affiliations welcome!

Seminar: June 18-20, 2021: Calgary Aikikai 40th Anniversary Seminar 2021 with Waka Sensei
Posted 2/26/2020 10:20am [from Andrew James Barron]

Calgary Aikikai is happy to announce that we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary with a seminar on June 18th to 20th 2021 in Calgary, Alberta Canada. We are honoured that Waka Sensei, Igrashi Shihan 7th Dan and Shirakawa Sensei 6th Dan will be teaching. Plan on joining us on the mat and taking the opportunity visit the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This is a great opportunity to join the event and combine the seminar with excursions to famous Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks. All martial artists are welcome. Complete information will be available soon at

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.

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