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
Seminar: 2019 Fall Aikido Seminar at Oberlin Aikikai with Chuck Weber Shihan
Posted 9/24/2019 11:58am [from Andrzej Siwkiewicz]
Oberlin Aikikai is pleased to announce the annual Fall Aikido Seminar with Chuck Weber Sensei.
Weber Sensei started Aikido in 1975 in Denver, Colorado with Seiji Tanaka Sensei of Waseda University and Tomiki Aikido. After Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei moved to Boulder Weber Sensei was introduced to Mitsugi Saotome Sensei. Upon request from Saotome Sensei in 1988 he opened a dojo with Charles Page in Baltimore.
In addition to receiving the rank of Nanadan, Chuck Weber Sensei has been given the Ueshiba Juku designation by Saotome Shihan. Ueshiba Juku translates as “Academy of the Founder.” It recognizes that the recipient has shown exceptional leadership in transmitting the teachings of O-Sensei and is a true inheritor of the teachings of O-Sensei through Saotome Shihan.
This special Gasshuku will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016:
Friday, October 11th, evening class at 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 12th, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 13th, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m.
The full seminar cost is $110, or $35 per class.
All affiliations are welcomed.
Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby.
For more information visit: http://clevelandaikido.com/seminars/, or call 216-392 2274.
Seminar: 10/5-10/6/2019: NY Weekend Seminar with Toutain Sensei
Posted 9/16/2019 10:26am [from Jason Mallia]
Seminar 10/5/2019 - Still Mind Martial Arts - 305 Central Ave #5, White Plains, NY Registration begins @8:30am - 9am Yoga, 10am Aikido and 2pm Aiki Weapons
Seminar 10/6/2019 - Aikido Self-Defense and Kickboxing 252-26 Northern Blvd, Little Neck, NY - follows same schedule as previous day.
Petition: Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation
Posted 9/15/2019 4:26pm [from Jun Akiyama]
Here is a petition entitled "Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation" that seeks to "urge the USAF Board, Technical Committee, and leadership to act now to fully support women in the USAF organization."
From the petition: "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 petition is signed by: "The USAF Women's Coalition
Janice Taitel Shidoin, yondan, Aikido Center of Dover
Kali Hewitt-Blackie Shidoin, yondan, Regent Park Community Aikido
Claire Keller Shidoin, rokudan, Bushwick Dojo
Arielle Herman Fukushidoin, Rivertide Aikikai
and anonymous others"
Seminar: Jan 16-20, 2020: 14th San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar
Posted 9/05/2019 5:58pm [from Lisa Tomoleoni]
The Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar is an internationally known five day camp held at Jiai Aikido in beautiful San Diego, CA from January 16-20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend). Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan started the Bridge Seminars at Jiai Aikido in 2007.
This year marks the International Bridge's 14th year and will once again be a big celebration with fantastic group events. Thursday night through Monday afternoon there will be 25 classes, taught by some of today's most experienced Aikido instructors, as well as a plethora of family friendly events.
Main Instructors are Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7 Dan, Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, 6 Dan, Lee Crawford Sensei, 6 Dan, and Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, 6 Dan. They are joined by a variety of Supporting Instructors as well as Guest Art Instructors. Special Introductory Registration Rates through September 15, so register early.
Throughout the seminar attendees will have many opportunities to train, and/or relax, socialize, and enjoy some of San Diego's best attractions. Jiai Aikido is minutes from the beach, multiple family friendly destinations, and kids are allowed in the dojo during the seminar...so bring the family. Jiai Aikido will have plenty of recommendations for local events or landmarks to enjoy. Limited housing is available at the dojo for a small fee.
Seminar: Mary Heiny in Brattleboro Oct. 18,19,20 2019
Posted 9/02/2019 11:15am [from Don Hebert]
River Valley Aikido Club. This annual seminar is both small and intimate so that each person has the maximum opportunity to receive the benefit of Mary's unique and insightful teaching. Anyone wishing to both broaden and deepen their Aikido practice should consider attending this seminar.
Private Lessons are available by arrangement. Contact Mary Heiny directly at email@example.com.
Weekend fee is $130 or $40/class.