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.
Watanabe Nobuyuki Passes Away
Posted 8/23/2019 10:23am [from Jun Akiyama]
I have just been informed that Watanabe Nobuyuki (8th dan, Aikikai Hombu Dojo) passed away at the age of 89 years old on August 20, 2019.
Watanabe started aikido at age 22 in 1952 before becoming uchideshi at Aikikai Hombu Dojo.
He was known for his "no touch" aikido techniques demonstrated at the All Japan Aikido Demonstration (video here). Watanabe was featured in AikiWeb's "It Had to Be Felt" column series with an essay by Ellis Amdur (available here).
My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.
Seminar: Sep 20-22, 2019: Shirakawa, Ryuji 6th Dan in Calgary, Canada
Posted 8/12/2019 12:35pm [from Andrew James Barron]
Shirakawa Ryuji Sensei was born in 1980. In 1995, at the age of 15, he commenced his Aikido training under his father Shirakawa Katsutoshi Shihan 7th Dan. Ryuji Sensei was recently awarded his 6th Dan and the title of Shihan and continues to teach full time at two principal dojos in Sendai, Myagi Prefecture as well as in a number of satellite dojos in the surrounding countryside. Ryuji can be seen demonstrating his style on YouTube in many All-Japan Aikido Demonstrations as well as representing Japan at the World Combat Games. He is known for his flowing and clean aikido style as well as being an excellent instructor.
Seminar: 50 Years Swiss Aikikai (ACSA), Sep 13-15, 2019
Posted 8/11/2019 5:02pm [from Milena]
The Swiss Aikikai (ACSA) celebrates this 13.-15. September 2019 in St.Gallen, Switzerland, the anniversary.
We are honored that Hombu Dojo-cho Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Asai Shihan, Tissier Shihan, Sugawara Shihan and a lot of other high ranked Sensei will teach us in this 3 days! There will be as well a special event for the children & youth! It will be possible to sleep in the dojo. We look forward to meet you on the tatamis! Everybody is welcome! There are waiting over 1400 square meters for you!
Event: San Diego, CA: Aikido Shimbokukai Instructors Intensive, Sep 21-22, 2019
Posted 8/11/2019 5:02pm [from Lisa Tomoleoni]
Join us for our annual Instructors Intensive, to be held at Jiai Aikido in San Diego. Open to all affiliations and lineages, and all ranks. People who are currently instructing as well as those with a desire to do so are welcome.
Topics to be covered:
First Aid for the Dojo
Japanese for the Dojo
Children and Youth Program Structure
Hope to see you there!