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Doka of the Day - May 20, 2019
To the Technique of Tsurugi,
Neither brush nor word of mouth can render due service.
Saying nothing you must go forth
And so must you know (satori).

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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Seminar: June 3, 2019: San Diego Martial Arts & Community Center Anniversary Seminar
Posted 5/08/2019 2:27pm [from Lisa Tomoleoni]

June 3, 2019, San Diego, CA: The San Diego Martial Art & Community Center is celebrating our 1st Anniversary with a fundraising seminar! Try or watch Intro classes for SIX different arts offered by some of our professional Instructors from 9 am-1:30 pm! Afterwards, we will hold a BBQ Pot Luck party until 4 pm! Training and the BBQ Potluck Party are family friendly, and all classes are open to beginners and/or those who have to adapt for any physical needs. Observers are welcome and the facility is non-discriminatory. The participating Programs are: Sound Vinyasa Yoga & Sound Healing with Guide John Jai, Jiai Aikido with Cat Strada Sensei & Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, Misfits Martial Arts Academy No-Gi Jiu Jitsu with Coach Manny Garcia ***Snack Break*** Traditional Shotokan Karate of San Diego with Juan Balmaceda Sensei, San Diego BJJ & Judo Academy with Luciana Bassoli Sensei, Progressive Combat Solutions with Ken Good 1:15-1:30 pm Sound Vinyasa Yoga & Sound Healing with Guide John Jai 1:30-4:00 pm Potluck BBQ Party (Please bring something to share!) The San Diego Martial Arts & Community Center ("SDMACC") is a world class, incubator Training Dojo and Healing space where Coaches, Instructors, and Healers can easily open, expand, and/or grow their own programs…..This is where dreams are realized and futures made. Please join us and help support the SDMACC! See you June 2nd! Further information at

Seminar: June 28-30, 2019: Aikido Shimbokukai USA Summer Seminar, Crystal Lake IL
Posted 5/08/2019 2:27pm [from Lisa Tomoleoni]

Join us for our annual summer seminar, to be held this June at the Abiding Spirit Aikikai in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The seminar will be three days of training, fun, and friendship. Please take this opportunity to meet other Shimbokukai members, as well as folks from other organizations. The seminar will feature 18 hours of training, with instruction by four main top class instructors, supported by other Shimbokukai member instructors. Early Registration discounts until May 15, so don't wait too long! Dates: June 28-30, 2019 Location: The seminar will be held at Abiding Spirit Aikikai, 829 Virginia Rd, Suite D, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. ​ Main Instructors Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, Director, Aikido Shimbokukai Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, Boulder Aikikai, Boulder, Colorado Todd Jones Sensei, American Butokukan, Tampa, Florida Meido Moore Sensei, Shinjinkai, Chicago, Illinois As well as other Aikido Shimbokukai Instructors: TBD ​ All students of Aikido, regardless of affiliation, are invited to join us!

Seminar: 31st May - 2nd June, 2019: Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan Aikikai in Edinburgh
Posted 5/08/2019 2:27pm [from Scott Reed]

Toshiro Suga started aikido in 1968 in Tokyo. He moved to France in 1971 and was a senior student of Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei. He teaches seminars worldwide and is returning to Edinburgh for his annual course. Please bring aikido weapons and insurance. Everybody is very welcome

Seminar: Cognard Hanshi 8thDan in VA & CA (June 2019)
Posted 5/08/2019 2:27pm [from Andrea Debiasi]

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KAKKHR) and "Los Angeles Aiki Kai" cordially invite you to a series of June 2019 seminars with André Cognard Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai): Arlington, VA (June 10); Santa Ana, CA (June 13-14); Los Angeles, CA (June 15-17 & 21-23 & 26); Irvine, CA (June 18); Escondido, CA (June 19-20); Bakersfield, CA (June 24-25). All levels and affiliations are welcome. Check out the details in the dedicated Website:

Seminar: Aug 3-4, 2019: Takao Arisue and Kayzua Nakamichi Sensei in Spotsylvania, VA
Posted 4/17/2019 12:52pm [from David McConnell]

The Nishio Aikido Keikokai Northern Virginia Inaugural Nishio Aikido Seminar welcomes Takao Arisue Sensei (7 Dan Aikido) and Kazuya Nakamichi Sensei (7 Dan Aikido) guest Shihan from Japan August 3 and 4, 2019 at the Aikido in Fredericksburg Dojo, Spotsylvania, VA. POC for the Virginia seminar is Dave McConnell +1-540-645-0554, or email Arisue and Nakamichi Sensei will also be in New York, NY the weekend prior to this, July 27-28, 2019, hosted by Professor David James, GM Vee Arnis Jujitsu. This is Arisue Sensei and Nakamichi Sensei’s first visit to the United States, please help us welcome these two incredible Sensei from Japan. The venue for the Virginia Seminar is the beautiful Aikido in Fredericksburg Dojo, located at 6155 Hickory Ridge Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551. Saturday August 3, 2019: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm, to 5:00pm Sunday August 4, 2019: 10:00 am to 1:00pm Cost is $120.00 includes 2 days of seminar participation. $100.00 if registration fees are received by June 30, 2019. $85.00 for single day participation fee. Paypal: For further details, please contact Dave McConnell 1-540-645-0554 For details regarding the New York, NY seminar and venue please contact Nixon Frederick 1-347-535-2506, or email

Seminar: Apr 27, 2019: WAAI 2019 O’Sensei Memorial Aikido Seminar in Newark, DE
Posted 4/15/2019 7:39am [from Birte Feld]

World Aikido Aikikai Inc. and the members of its headquarters at Aikido Delaware Aikikai are happy to announce their Annual O’Sensei Memorial Seminar. Please join us in the 50th memorial celebration of the life and legacy of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. The event will start with a traditional Buddhist memorial ceremony led by WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan. After this, students and visitors are invited to Embrace Peace and enjoy the essence of O'Sensei's teachings through "skinship" classes, wonderment, and conversations with laughter over a bountiful potluck feast proudly hosted by ADA. Okimura Shihan will conduct WAAI yudansha testing for qualified candidates to demonstrate their sincere efforts and dedication to learning O'Sensei's Aikido. Adults: $80 (includes lunch and dinner on Saturday), Aikido Kids: free on Sat 11am to 12pm. All are welcome! Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Dr, Ste A, Newark, DE 19713; When: Sat, Apr 27 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (followed by potluck dinner); Sun, Apr 28 8.30 am to 10.30 am For more information visit or call 302-369-AIKI (2454).

Watahiki Yoshifumi, Student of the Founder, Passes Away
Posted 4/15/2019 7:39am [from Carl Thompson]

It is with great regret that I must inform the aikido community of the passing of Watahiki Yoshifumi Shihan. Born in 1937 in Iwama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Watahiki Sensei entered the aikido founder’s dojo in 1949 at the age of twelve. He is one of the last few aikido teachers in the world to have trained on a regular basis as a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba, over a period spanning twenty years. Rising to the rank of seventh dan, Watahiki Sensei taught aikido in the founder’s dojo (the present day Ibaraki Branch Dojo) as well as the children’s class in Iwama Budokan. For those of us who had the honor of knowing him, this is a devastating loss of an ageless, indomitable figure in former Iwama Town. He was always rushing around the dojo, repairing things, building things, cooking, cleaning and of course teaching, with a youthful vigor that left uchi deshi less than half his age struggling to keep up. He seemed superhuman to us, indestructible, and so his death comes as a great shock. He passed away on the morning of the 8th of April, 2019 at 81 years of age. after being admitted to hospital the week before for tests. It was discovered that Sensei had late-stage intestinal cancer. He leaves behind a large family, including many devoted aikido students. His traditional ‘tsuya’ vigil and funeral were held on April 11 and 12 respectively. People traveled from across Japan and as far away as the US to attend. He will always be in our hearts.

Aikikai Malta Receives Recognition from Aikikai Foundation
Posted 2/22/2019 2:10pm [from Kevin Bonanno]

Aikikai Malta is pleased to announce that it has received authorisation from Aikikai Foundation, Japan (Aikido World Headquarters) as a local Aikido school to diffuse Aikido in Malta for the instruction and training in the Art of Aikido following the principles laid down by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. Aikikai Malta can now award grades that are registered with the Aikikai Foundation being recognised world-wide. Congratulations must go to practitioners and teachers alike within Aikikai Malta who have all worked diligently for many years to create an authorised Aikido school. Special mention goes to Jean-Francois Riondet Shihan (Technical Director) and Jun Nomoto Shihan (Aikikai Director) who made this reality possible for Aikikai Malta and the local Aikido community.

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