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Doka of the Day - April 25, 2019
Sharply sparkling,
The spirit/mind of the person of the Way (do-jin)
Penetrates through to reveal
The evil devil that lurks inside the self.

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Okimura Shigenobu by Christopher Barnett
Posted 1/07/2019 3:47pm [from Jun Akiyama]

A new AikiWeb Column, "It Had to Be Felt #62, Okumura Shigenobu: 'A Truly Inspiring Teacher'" by Christopher Barnett is now available for your reading pleasure!

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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.

Video/DVD: "The Gospel of Combat"
Posted 2/08/2019 10:18am [from Jun Akiyama]

From their website: The Gospel of Combat is a 30 minute documentary about an East African martial artist’s journey toward self-understanding through Aikido and Karate. The film follows Benedict “Sensei Ben” Kiyaga, a freelance martial arts instructor, as he ekes a living from a handful of private classes. Along the way, Sensei Ben reflects on the application of martial art as spiritual practice, and shares how it has helped him make sense of his multicultural identity amid pervasive tribal conflict. The movie is slated to screen in Los Angeles, CA and Sedona, AZ in February, 2019.

Seminar: Zenko Okimura in Newark, DE, Feb 23, 2019
Posted 2/08/2019 10:17am [from Birte Feld]

Aikido Delaware Aikikai Winter Seminar Aikido Delaware Aikikai will be holding their annual winter seminar under the leadership of WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan on February 23rd. On this cold winter day, stimulate your mind, exercise your body and warm up your heart with Aikido. The seminar will conclude with a potluck get together where you can socialize and meet new friends. Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Drive, Ste. A, Newark, DE 19713 When: Saturday, February 23rd 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (followed by potluck dinner) Adults: $65, Aikido Kids: free from 11am to 12pm. All are welcome! For more information visit or call 302-369-AIKI (2454).

Seminar: Xavier Dufau, 5th Dan Aikikai, Edinburgh, 22-24 Feb 2019
Posted 1/19/2019 11:12am [from Scott Reed]

Xavier Dufau is coming to Edinburgh for his first seminar. He is a 5th dan aikido, 3rd dan Iaido and has trained extensively with Tamura Sensei, Toshiro Suga and Tiki Shewan. The course is open to all - please bring aikido weapons and insurance.

Article: "Perceptions of the Aikido Community" by Josephine Fan
Posted 1/17/2019 9:34pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Here’s an insightful article from Josephine Fan of Long Island Aikikai on "Perceptions of the Aikido Community." 

From the article: “A particular question continued to pop up in my research: ‘Why do people have such a poor impression of Aikido?’ […] Taking in my experiences from understanding how social media worked, the simple answer was that the Aikido community itself gave a terrible perception and impression to the outside world. […] There's so much infighting ("My sensei is better than your sensei, my style is better than your style, the way I train is the best way to train") and lashing out against anyone that is different or new. It has very little to do with whether or not there is anything worth learning in it, since we know there are benefits to doing so. The perception of the Aikido community has amounted to a joke, and it's entirely deserved.”

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