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07-16-2007, 10:35 AM
Posted 2007-07-16 09:34:08 by Joe Cavazos
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The South Texas and Mexico region of the Shudokan Aikido Association will be hosting a regional seminar in Laredo, Texas. Conducting the seminar will be the team of Eliseo Muņoz (5th dan), Joe Cavazos (4th dan) and Jorge Garcia (3rd dan).

The seminar will be on the campus of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. The intensive 5 hour training session will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2007 from 3pm to 8pm. The cost of the seminar is $40. Please bring your jo, bokken, and tanto. For more information please contact Joe Cavazos at 956 369-6423 or see our website.

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Mark Uttech
07-18-2007, 11:27 PM
where did the dan grades come from?
In gassho,


Jorge Garcia
07-19-2007, 12:16 AM
where did the dan grades come from?
In gassho,


Hi Mark,
Eliseo Sensei and Joe Sensei's dan grades are from their previous associations and not from the Aikikai. Their Aikido biographies and paperwork has been submitted to the Aikikai World Headquarters and they will transition their dan grades according to the rules of the International Department of the Aikikai. That process is on going so they are continuing to use their previous grades given to them until such a time as they are issued new ranks by the Aikikai. All of my grading was done under the Aikikai and my certificates are all from Aikikai World Headquarters.

Best wishes,
Jorge Garcia

07-19-2007, 08:11 AM
It is also worth noting that even though one switches associations they do not automatically lose previously earned ranks. It is not uncommon to see someone listing something like: 4th dan aikikai, 3rd dan yoshinkan for example. There is always the concern of comparability between organizations and styles which is a challenging and difficult issue at the dan level.

07-19-2007, 09:31 AM
Hello Mark, I hope you are doing well, it's been a few years since we shared a mat. I may get the chance to study with you again at the weapons seminar that you will be conducting for the Society of Aikido Centers in Dallas (Plano), Texas.

As you are well aware, my previous ranks came from Bill Sosa Sensei (may he rest in peace) and Lynn Fabia Sensei (whom you have had teach at your yearly anniversary seminar the past few years). I am sure that she can answer any concerns regarding my previously earned ranks or the ranks that were awarded to Eliseo Munoz Sensei.

Our group of dojos from South Texas and Mexico have all become members of the Aikikai in the past year and Jorge Garcia Sensei has answered the question that I believe you have posted as far as our aikikai ranks.

After Sosa Sensei's death we evaluated the aikido available to us in the South Texas and Gulf Texas area. We have chosen to follow the teachings of Hiroshi Kato Shihan of the Suginami Aikikai and have joined the Shudokan Aikido Association - which is a Texas Corporation with a not-for-profit status. This group of dojos are all member dojos of the Suginami Aikikai of Tokyo Japan. Munoz Sensei and I petitioned Kato Sensei to accept us as his personal students after attending a wonderful seminar in Houston, Texas. (Kato Sensei accepted us)

My posting on aikiweb is to let aikido folks from our organization and anyone else in South Texas or Northern Mexico interested in training with us to attend the seminar in Laredo, Texas. Our seminars focus on the teachings of Kato Sensei and are conducted primarily in the Spanish language.

Hope to see you soon and get some further training with you.

In Aiki,

Joe Cavazos

Mark Uttech
07-19-2007, 12:23 PM
Onegaishimasu Joe. Thanks for clearing up the question I had, I hope to run into you one of these days.

In gassho,


08-21-2007, 09:45 AM
It looks like Hurricane Dean will not be an issue for South Texas... The seminar will continue as scheduled for this weekend - August 25, 2007...

Hope to see you there....

Joe Cavazos
Aikido Center of South Texas