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Doka of the Day - January 27, 2015
Stand on the bridge that was built
Through the Aiki of fire and the water.
In the great expanse of the void
There is the Mountain Echo (yamabiko).

                              - Morihei Ueshiba

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December AikiWeb Columns Now Available
Posted 12/31/2014 5:19pm [from Jun Akiyama]

The December AikiWeb Columns are now available for your reading pleasure at: This month, we have great articles from Ross Robertson, "The Mirror," Lynn Seiser, and Gadi Shorr. As always, your comments in the thread following each column are appreciated by the authors, so please be sure to leave them your thoughts!

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Seminar: Aiki Extensions US Conference, 3/25-3/27/2015, Fredericksburg VA
Posted 1/21/2015 2:34pm [from Greg Harkless]

The 2015 Aiki Extensions US Conference will take place March 25-27 at Aikido in Fredericksburg. The event will feature breakout sessions, traditional keiko, and social events that explore off-the-mat applications of aikido principles. Sessions will focus on Peacebuilding and Mediation, Education and Youth Outreach, Mind and Body, and Business and Leadership. Pre-Conference workshop: How to Teach Aikido to Veterans by Vietnam veteran Tom Osborn. Keynote: "Applying Aikido Principles in Diplomacy" by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. More information is available on the Conference webpage, by emailing staff@aikiextensions, or calling 650-275-2454 (AIKI). Discounts are available for early registrations as well as for Aiki Extensions members.

Hiroshi Ikeda Becomes "Independent Teacher"
Posted 1/20/2015 9:48am [from Jun Akiyama]

The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) has announced that Hiroshi Ikeda (7th dan, Boulder Aikikai) will be recognized as an "independent instructor" by their organization. From the announcement: "Some ties can never be broken nor would we ever want them to be. Ikeda Sensei is an important part of our extended family, always welcomed by Saotome Sensei and ASU dojos, but as an independent instructor Ikeda Sensei will no longer have a direct affiliation with ASU or the responsibility for conducting ASU yudansha examinations."

Dojo News: New Aikido Dojo in Trinidad
Posted 1/16/2015 5:37pm [from Kristen Radtke]

Jinshinkan Dojo ( has been established in Newtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad by Richard Bryant (2nd dan). Training is conducted regularly at its location within Queen's Park Judo Club. The dojo is associated with Shinjinkai. All are welcome!

Seminar: Seishiro Endo Shihan, in IL, April 10-12, Registration Now Open
Posted 1/16/2015 9:53am [from Lisa Tomoleoni]

Seishiro Endo Shihan, 8th dan from Aikikai Hombu Dojo and the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Saku Dojo in Nagano, Japan, will be visiting us to teach a seminar April 10-12, 2015. Please join us for a three-day seminar with this special instructor. This will be Endo Shihan's first visit to the Midwest USA, and it is a wonderful opportunity to learn from him. The seminar will held at The Centre of Elgin, in the Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Lane, Elgin, Illinois, close to major expressways, hotels and restaurants. The Heritage Ballroom will provide us a spacious (approximately 4,000 sf) training area, use of locker rooms and a large parking facility. The schedule for the seminar is: Friday, April 10: 6:30-8:30 pm Saturday, April 11: 10:30 am-12:30 pm and 3:00-5:00 pm Sunday, April 12: 10:30 am-12:30 pm Please see our website for further information.

2015 "Kagami Biraki" Aikikai Hombu Dojo Promotions List
Posted 1/11/2015 6:58am [from Jun Akiyama]

The 2015 "Kagami Biraki" New Year's promotions list from Aikikai Hombu Dojo has been published! Congratulations to everyone on the list.

Promotion: Five USAF Female Instructors Awarded Shihan Title
Posted 1/09/2015 5:37am [from Jun Akiyama]

I just got word that five female instructors in the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) have been awarded the title of shihan. Congratulations to Penny Bernath, Barbara Britton, Sioux Hall, Yukiko Katagiri, Yoko Okamoto! A complete list of USAF shihan may be found here:

Seminar: Shinjinkai Kangeiko in Chicago, Feb. 21-22
Posted 1/09/2015 5:37am [from Kristen Radtke]

Shinjinkai's annual winter training seminar in Chicago will be held Feb. 21-22, with instruction led by Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and John Mazza Sensei (5th dan). Both empty-hand and weapon training will be offered; weapon training this year will instruct in their entirety the suburi,7 kumijo and 6 kumitachi taught by the late Fumio Toyoda Sensei. All welcome!

Rik Ellis Passes Away
Posted 1/02/2015 10:38am [from Jun Akiyama]

I just got word that Rik Ellis passed away on December 16, 2014 at the age of 41. Rik was the son of Henry Ellis (6th dan, International Birankai) and was a professional MMA fighter as well as a student of aikido for many years. Below is an article by Rik on his thoughts about aikido and MMA. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. More info at: Read article here:

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