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Tony Wagstaffe
03-11-2011, 09:11 AM
I think we should send to all those experiencing this terrible disaster in Japan our heart felt concerns. I for one am very worried about the situation out there as I'm sure others within the aikido community are to.... Sharing at this time I sincerely hope that all those who have friends and relatives out there our deepest thoughts and prayers.....
I hope for a speedy recovery.....

Guillaume Erard
03-11-2011, 11:15 AM
Thanks for your concern Tony. The hombu dojo is closed today. So far, everyone from hombu I have been in touch with is fine.
It would be good to hear from people from other prefectures. Good luck everyone and stay safe.

Hellis
03-11-2011, 12:10 PM
Thanks for your concern Tony. The hombu dojo is closed today. So far, everyone from hombu I have been in touch with is fine.
It would be good to hear from people from other prefectures. Good luck everyone and stay safe.

Guillaume

I am just watching this horror on TV, take care my friend.
My thoughts are with the people of Japan.

Henry Ellis
Positive Aikido
http://aikido-books.blogspot.com/

guest1234567
03-11-2011, 01:40 PM
Thanks Tony..
My thoughts are with all people living in Japan too and that they will recover as soon as possible.

Janet Rosen
03-11-2011, 06:47 PM
From one fault zone to another, sadness over losses, sympathy for folks dealing with the day to day days after, hopes for rebuilding....

aikishihan
03-11-2011, 11:55 PM
The Aikido world has an amazing opportunity to walk its talk. We now have the call to arms, not against any human opponent, but in dealing responsibly, immediately and in unity for the sake of those we share fundamental Aiki values and principles with.

Thank you, Tony, for allowing us to see the real Attilio Anthony John Wagstaffe emerge and show his leadership skills.

A colleague of mine suggested that Aikido organizations and their leadership worldwide seriously consider and unite in holding benefit seminars to raise badly needed funds for those who suffered from this natural catastrophe.

Who'se on board?

I am.

in oneness,

Allen Beebe
03-12-2011, 10:48 AM
Hi Francis,

I have both loved ones and friends in the region hardest hit . . . or at least I hope I still do. However, one doesn't need to know someone there to care.

I'm in the process of trying to arrange an event to help and am thankfully already getting buy in. Please send me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll include you in the loop!

I've encouraged my guys in Europe to consider doing the same.

Doing something, regardless of the size, is better than doing nothing at all. All it takes is one person to start the ball rolling!

I'll post back as I have more concrete information to share about my efforts.

Thanks,
Allen

Tenyu
03-12-2011, 11:54 AM
Fukushima reactor:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q6C8US20jI&feature=player_embedded

speechless

Takahama
03-12-2011, 04:51 PM
Life goes on as normal here in Osaka, but the scenes on TV of events up the coast are of course horrific and unbelievable for everyone. Thoughts and prayers go to all those suffering. There are still so many souls unaccounted for, god speed the rescue workers.

Marie Noelle Fequiere
03-12-2011, 06:29 PM
I have to say that Japan's help after the 2010 Haiti earthquake was one of the fastest and most effective from the international community, wich surprised us because so far Japan had not been very much involved in helping our country. Our heart and our prayers go to the Japanese community.
Jun, are you alright? Do you have friends and family members among the victims?

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 12:35 AM
I've heard that my family in Sendai City are without water, electricity, etc. but are all okay there. My family that was near the coast weren't quite as lucky, but over all came out alright. My sister-inlaw, nephew, and his two young daughters are all okay and have gone to stay with the family in Sendai City. My sister-inlaw went to fetch her two grand daughters after the quake leaving my brother-inlaw at their house, planning to return shortly. My brother-inlaw was recently paralyzed from the waist down due to a surgical mishap and was confined to a wheelchair. After my sister-inlaw collected her grand daughters the tsunami came and she was unable to return home but rather directed to a refuge center. Her son caught up with her there. Their house was swept away in the tsunami and she believes that her husband perished along with their house.

My brother-inlaw that appears to have been swept away's name was Akama Norihiro. He was at least a 7th degree black belt in Judo. Until his retirement he was a police officer in the Tohoku region as well as Tokyo serving both in deeply rural regions and in major metropolitan areas. He taught Judo and Taiho Jutsu to police and also taught Judo at local public schools. His specialty in Judo was newaza. He also held yudansha ranks in Karate and Kendo. He and I used to hang out due to our common interests. I remember he would call me and tell me that he was going to come and "rescue" me. It was obvious that he was both loved and respected by his fellow officers, Judo students, and the public he served. He acted as "nakado" or matchmaker on more than one occasion and always felt a responsibility for those relationships. He loved seeing me flounder with Judo, nurtured my martial pursuits, and kept me entertained while keeping me out of trouble like a good big brother. We would get completely pasted and then he would routinely slap me in a good natured way just about knocking me out, grab my crotch and then pass out, it was like clockwork, . . . but then he would be up bright and early the next morning and fulfill whatever duties he might have. I really don't know how he stayed in money because he was endlessly spending it on others. He had a philosophy that one should give gifts that one valued one's self. I had to be careful what I might take interest in at his house because the greater the loss to him it seems the more likely he was to give it away. He would not abide selfishness in himself. Akamasan's favorite saying was a quote from Saigo Takamori, "敬天愛人Kei Ten Ai Jin." "Revere Heaven and Love Man." And he lived these words not in a pious and aloof way, but in a earthy, practical and pragmatic way. If, by some miracle, Akamasan is found to have survived the tsunami, I'm sure he will enjoy his years doting on his grandkids and driving his wife crazy. But if he was swept out to sea, I am equally sure that he would be grateful in the knowledge that his mother, wife, sons and grand children survived. The last time I saw Akamasan he took me to Okachi machi which is a small village in Tohoku famous for suzuri (ink stones) because he knew that I love Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy). He bought several suzuri for me and then special ordered a slate sheet custom carved with an image of Shirata sensei doing one of his favorite techniques and had the phrase "Masa Katsu Aa Katsu" carved on the front. HIs students had had a similar slate sheet carved for him with a depiction of his favorite Judo throw carved into it along with the phrase "Kai Ten Ai Jin." He loved his student's gift and therfore wanted me to have one as well. On the back he had the artist carve, "To Allen Beebe whom I love." I love you too Akamasan!

I could write more stories about my brother-inlaw, some of which are hilarious and quite bawdy! But I guess I'll save those for when I go drinking with my fellow Budo bums.

I wonder how many other wonderful people have perished and how many more are in need of our help right now. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that it is those that aren't in need that can help those that are. Can you help? If so, won't you help?

Janet Rosen
03-13-2011, 12:41 AM
Allen, I'm so sorry ... You're brother in law sounds like quite a character and wonderful man.

Elldav
03-13-2011, 01:40 AM
Allen, I'm not sure how you had me giggling and teary in the same paragraph but your brother-in-law sounds amazing and I sincerely hope he is found.

I am sure we will do something at our dojo to help our Japanese brothers and sisters. It is simply heartbreaking.

Ernesto Lemke
03-13-2011, 04:32 AM
Hi Al,

As alway I find your writing moving, entertaining and informative. Maybe you should write a book? ;)

Per Allen's request I emailed a bunch of fellow Dutch aikidoka late yesterday evening but I figured, I might as well take the opportunity and ask the same here.

How's about it folks? Could we organize a Dutch benefit seminar? If any Dutch Aikiweb readers have any thoughts, advice, tips or whatever, please feel free to send me an email at ernestolemke@hotmail.com

woudew
03-13-2011, 05:58 AM
Hi Allen,

i hope you can restore contact soon with your loved ones.

Nes,
good idea, tomorrow i will contact also some people and see if i can find a location on short notice.

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 10:47 AM
Thanks Janet and Elly for your compassionate response and thank you even more for any efforts on your behalf to help those in need and for spreading the word.

Sincerely,
Allen

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 11:05 AM
Nes and Walter,

Thank you for your efforts and support. I am proud and moved by how quickly my Dutch student/friends have responded to both my personal feelings and to the tremendous need in Japan right now. Marcel shared with me that the Netherlands has a tradition of rising to help those in need. Please keep up the good work, situations like these are where the rubber (espoused ideals) meet the road (real need.) It is unfortunate that these kinds of situations are so frequent. However, it is very fortunate that we live in a time when there are so many that are blessed with relative safety and the ability and opportunity to offer help.

Sincerely,
Allen

barron
03-13-2011, 11:13 AM
Hello,

I have been trying to contact Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Sinburenseijuku which I believe is in Sendai. Ryuji and his father were both at our 30th Anniversary seminar here in Calgary last August. Ryuji is the Acting Dojo Cho at this dojo.

If anyone has had contact or knows how we might reach him please let us know. We have emailed both to the dojo and his email contact but received no word at this time.( aikishinbu@yahoo.co.jp and aiki-shinbu_juku@sand.ocn.ne.jp )

Thanking you in advance
Andrew Barron
Technical Committee
Calgary Aikikai

mathewjgano
03-13-2011, 11:37 AM
Allen,
I'm so sorry to hear about the hardship your family is dealing with. Do you recommend any specific ways to help out? My wife and I are planning to donate to the Red Cross, but if you recommend another avenue we'd be more than happy to help there.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone dealing with this very tough time.
Sincerely,
Matthew

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 11:43 AM
Dear Mr. Barron,

It is my understanding based on what I've heard from family within Sendai City and those that made it to Sendai City from outside, that most, if not all, internet is down in the region. Most if not all of the cellular system is down in the region. Only emergency access is allowed on the roads that are passable. There is no train service. There is limited land line communication I assume because I believe this is how my family were able to communicate.

I was also told that NTT has been restricting incoming calls in an understandable effort to enhance essential internal communication.

I have had internet contact with friends outside of Sendai though.

As you are aware, this is a developing emergency situation of historical proportion and as such necessary emergency protocols (triaging resources, etc.) are, and should be, in place.

I hope you hear something soon and that the news is good.

Sincerely,
Allen

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 12:04 PM
Hi Matthew,

Thank you for your kind words and for your support of those in immediate need. As I sit here at my kitchen table, surrounded by my wife and kids, I am very much aware that my emotions, as significant as they are to me, are nothing compared to the ongoing turmoil faced by those whose lives have, and are, being irreversibly changed . . . as I sip my morning coffee.

It is my understanding that the Japan Red Cross is a good source of help and therefore will expeditiously make use of any donations. There are other organizations helping of course, but I am no expert on the matter.

It is sad to say, but those wishing to help should be careful not to be taken advantage of my online scammers and such.

Thanks again for doing what you can.

Sincerely,
Allen

Tenyu
03-13-2011, 01:26 PM
NHK TV in english:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-world-tv

Ernesto Lemke
03-13-2011, 03:38 PM
Quick update: I was just informed by one of Hollands higher ranking Aikikai officials that some of the major Dutch Aikido organizations are organizing a number of fundraising events with the aid of (amongst others) Peter Goldsbury (who happens to be in Holland right now), Shimizu Sensei of Tendo-ryu, Kobayashi Shihan of Aikikai Hombu and one event in the light of celebrating 50 years of Dutch aikido.

I think far as benefit seminars go, it's hard to top the above by the efforts of little ol' me. So, a sincere thank you to all those envolved and to my aikido friends who where kind enough to keep me in the loop. I'm curious whether similar aikido related events are taking place in other countries. Let's hope so.
Best regards,

Ernesto

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 04:10 PM
That is outstanding news Ernesto!

I am working on pulling things together here locally with growing positive results.

Hopefully, as in the Netherlands, we will soon hear news of other "higher ranking officials" organizing fundraising events to provide relief efforts for those in need.

That certainly would put the topic of Aikido working "in reality" and "on the street" in a whole new and profoundly powerful light!

Eric in Denver
03-13-2011, 05:03 PM
We here at Aikido Doushin Juku in Denver are working to put some fundraising events together. If anyone else in the Denver area is interested, feel free to drop me a PM.

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 06:17 PM
It is informative and inspiring to read about efforts both large and small of people reaching out to help.

I hope we continue to hear from more people as both the realization of the magnitude of the problem in Japan and the need for help sinks in, and as various groups have time to pull things together.

lrtomoleoni
03-13-2011, 07:51 PM
We have arranged a benefit event-
April 16, 2011 10:00 am- 5:30 pm

Benefit Seminar at Aikido Shimboku Dojo, IL
All proceeds of this seminar will go toward disaster relief for the people of Japan.
Instruction by Marsha Turner Sensei, 5 dan, Chicago Aikikai, ASU and Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, 5 dan, Aikikai
Please join us!
www.aikidoshimbokudojo.com
(847) 458-9309

Allen Beebe
03-13-2011, 09:08 PM
Oooooo! A mix'n of the organizations . . . nothing good could ever come of THAT! :D

On the other hand, Earth quakes, Tsunamis and Radiation aren't known for being particularly exclusive are they! :disgust: I'll bet that the people in need will be indiscriminately grateful for relief and help. :sorry:

The ladies from Illinois may have something with their radically open minded, harmonious ways . . .

So we're inviting our BJJ, Kendo, Judo, etc. friends as well here in stump-town! I know, I know! But that's just how we roll out here, living life on the edge (of a shared major fault line. :eek: )

Which makes me think that we should be hearing from our fellow cliff hangers soon, no? CA? WA? (Good karma and all that! ;) )

barron
03-14-2011, 02:33 PM
Hello,

I have been trying to contact Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Sinburenseijuku which I believe is in Sendai. Ryuji and his father were both at our 30th Anniversary seminar here in Calgary last August. Ryuji is the Acting Dojo Cho at this dojo.

If anyone has had contact or knows how we might reach him please let us know. We have emailed both to the dojo and his email contact but received no word at this time.( aikishinbu@yahoo.co.jp and aiki-shinbu_juku@sand.ocn.ne.jp )

Thanking you in advance
Andrew Barron
Technical Committee
Calgary Aikikai

Heard that they are all OK. Ryuji emailed me last night. It seems they only got seismic activity and avoided the flood.

Allen Beebe
03-14-2011, 02:59 PM
Heard that they are all OK. Ryuji emailed me last night. It seems they only got seismic activity and avoided the flood.

That is good news Andrew. I'm thankful for both them and you!

It is good to hear good news when most of what we hear is sadness.

Tragedy often produces unexpected heros. Over time I'm sure we will hear of dramatic instances of selfless acts of kindness and compassion.

Of course the number of unsung heros we will never know.

I have heard from friends in other arts of their efforts to raise money and send relief. It is a good thing.

Michael Neal
03-14-2011, 03:26 PM
I wish people would take warnings seriously, there was plenty of notice that a tsunami was coming and I saw people driving cars and walking right next to the shore when it hit. I am sure that most of those people in the video did not make it, it is a horrible thing to watch.

It is good to know that the warnings did save lots of lives, the previous big quake in Japan killed 150,000 people in 1923.

I hope for a fast recovery and that they find most of the missing people alive and well.

lbb
03-14-2011, 08:38 PM
I wish people would take warnings seriously, there was plenty of notice that a tsunami was coming and I saw people driving cars and walking right next to the shore when it hit. I am sure that most of those people in the video did not make it, it is a horrible thing to watch.

I thought that there was only a 15-30 minute warning in Japan.

Aviv
03-14-2011, 10:17 PM
If anyone would like to donate to help those dojo that were damaged by the recent earthquakes in Japan and NZ but you don't know how to do it directly, we have set up http://www.dojoearthquakerelief.org to help transmit funds.

If you identify the dojo that you would like to benefit you can use paypal to make a donation.

Michael Neal
03-15-2011, 12:00 AM
I thought that there was only a 15-30 minute warning in Japan.

People were driving cars right next to the coast and walking down the street with the alarms going off everywhere. I am sure it was difficult to evacuate but to just stay there is inconceivable. A 15 or 30 minute head start could be all the difference.

Allen Beebe
03-15-2011, 12:33 AM
Miracles DO happen!! I just received word that my nephew found my brother-inlaw in a hospital. He is ALIVE!!

Apparently in the window of time between when my sister-inlaw left to pick up their grand daughters and when the tsunami hit, my brother-inlaws's caretaker, who wasn't supposed to come that day, CAME and took him to a hospital thereby saving his life.

I can't express how happy I am right now . . . but of course there are so many others that don't have good news and there are many, many people that need our help.

Let's help the people who are just clinging to life and let's help those that will need aid re-building their lives.

Living here on the "ring of fire," this tragedy makes me want to be more prepared for disaster, but also makes me aware that, no matter how prepared one may be, we are all vulnerable. I know that I would want help for my family and myself if ground zero were here, so how can I not give help to "them" when I have the luxury of being safe, well, and comfortable. No. I must give help! It is the right thing to do. It is the logical thing to do. It maintains balance. It restores harmony.

So I will channel my joy and relief in the same way I channeled my sorrow and despair. I will take action. I will try to help.

I invite others to do the same. My brother-inlaw's care taker didn't just THINK about doing something . He/She didn't just FEEL He/She should do something. He/She DID something. He/She saved my loved one's life.

Don't just think. Don't just feel. Do!

Let's save some lives!

I've heard that my family in Sendai City are without water, electricity, etc. but are all okay there. My family that was near the coast weren't quite as lucky, but over all came out alright. My sister-inlaw, nephew, and his two young daughters are all okay and have gone to stay with the family in Sendai City. My sister-inlaw went to fetch her two grand daughters after the quake leaving my brother-inlaw at their house, planning to return shortly. My brother-inlaw was recently paralyzed from the waist down due to a surgical mishap and was confined to a wheelchair. After my sister-inlaw collected her grand daughters the tsunami came and she was unable to return home but rather directed to a refuge center. Her son caught up with her there. Their house was swept away in the tsunami and she believes that her husband perished along with their house.

My brother-inlaw that appears to have been swept away's name was Akama Norihiro. He was at least a 7th degree black belt in Judo. Until his retirement he was a police officer in the Tohoku region as well as Tokyo serving both in deeply rural regions and in major metropolitan areas. He taught Judo and Taiho Jutsu to police and also taught Judo at local public schools. His specialty in Judo was newaza. He also held yudansha ranks in Karate and Kendo. He and I used to hang out due to our common interests. I remember he would call me and tell me that he was going to come and "rescue" me. It was obvious that he was both loved and respected by his fellow officers, Judo students, and the public he served. He acted as "nakado" or matchmaker on more than one occasion and always felt a responsibility for those relationships. He loved seeing me flounder with Judo, nurtured my martial pursuits, and kept me entertained while keeping me out of trouble like a good big brother. We would get completely pasted and then he would routinely slap me in a good natured way just about knocking me out, grab my crotch and then pass out, it was like clockwork, . . . but then he would be up bright and early the next morning and fulfill whatever duties he might have. I really don't know how he stayed in money because he was endlessly spending it on others. He had a philosophy that one should give gifts that one valued one's self. I had to be careful what I might take interest in at his house because the greater the loss to him it seems the more likely he was to give it away. He would not abide selfishness in himself. Akamasan's favorite saying was a quote from Saigo Takamori, "敬天愛人Kei Ten Ai Jin." "Revere Heaven and Love Man." And he lived these words not in a pious and aloof way, but in a earthy, practical and pragmatic way. If, by some miracle, Akamasan is found to have survived the tsunami, I'm sure he will enjoy his years doting on his grandkids and driving his wife crazy. But if he was swept out to sea, I am equally sure that he would be grateful in the knowledge that his mother, wife, sons and grand children survived. The last time I saw Akamasan he took me to Okachi machi which is a small village in Tohoku famous for suzuri (ink stones) because he knew that I love Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy). He bought several suzuri for me and then special ordered a slate sheet custom carved with an image of Shirata sensei doing one of his favorite techniques and had the phrase "Masa Katsu Aa Katsu" carved on the front. HIs students had had a similar slate sheet carved for him with a depiction of his favorite Judo throw carved into it along with the phrase "Kai Ten Ai Jin." He loved his student's gift and therfore wanted me to have one as well. On the back he had the artist carve, "To Allen Beebe whom I love." I love you too Akamasan!

I could write more stories about my brother-inlaw, some of which are hilarious and quite bawdy! But I guess I'll save those for when I go drinking with my fellow Budo bums.

I wonder how many other wonderful people have perished and how many more are in need of our help right now. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that it is those that aren't in need that can help those that are. Can you help? If so, won't you help?

Janet Rosen
03-15-2011, 12:37 AM
Every life is it's own bit of miracle; I'm so pleased for you and your family...may there be some more unanticipated relief among this horror.

kewms
03-15-2011, 02:35 AM
People were driving cars right next to the coast and walking down the street with the alarms going off everywhere. I am sure it was difficult to evacuate but to just stay there is inconceivable. A 15 or 30 minute head start could be all the difference.

If you look at the satellite pictures, many of the worst hit areas are pretty flat. Not a lot of high ground to escape to. Also, Sendai is a city of a million people, and had just taken a direct hit from a major earthquake. I doubt evacuating was quite as simple as you seem to believe.

Katherine

George S. Ledyard
03-15-2011, 03:35 AM
Hi Francis,

I have both loved ones and friends in the region hardest hit . . . or at least I hope I still do. However, one doesn't need to know someone there to care.

I'm in the process of trying to arrange an event to help and am thankfully already getting buy in. Please send me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll include you in the loop!

I've encouraged my guys in Europe to consider doing the same.

Doing something, regardless of the size, is better than doing nothing at all. All it takes is one person to start the ball rolling!

I'll post back as I have more concrete information to share about my efforts.

Thanks,
Allen

Allen,
Just got back from the Orlando Bridge seminar. I'd love to help out with an event... don't know if I have any weekends free at the right time though. I think I will donate a good portion of my seminar fee from the seminar at Marc Abrams dojo I am doing next weekend... That may be the best thing I can do... Let me know your plans...
- George

crbateman
03-15-2011, 06:28 AM
Miracles DO happen!! I just received word that my nephew found my brother-inlaw in a hospital. He is ALIVE!!

This is truly great news! A ray of sunshine amid the sadness...

guest1234567
03-15-2011, 06:33 AM
Miracles DO happen!! I just received word that my nephew found my brother-inlaw in a hospital. He is ALIVE!!

That is great:)

Ron Tisdale
03-15-2011, 11:06 AM
Allen, thanks for your post and the subsequent good news!

I mentioned this in another thread but...any chance of AikiWeb creating a Red Cross donation thread as we did with Haiti?

Thanks,
Ron

Marie Noelle Fequiere
03-15-2011, 01:23 PM
The news about Allen's brother in law is great! :D But I am still worried about Jun, who seems strangely absent from this thread. Akimaya sounds japanese to me. Could it be that he has friends and family among the victims?

SteliosPapadakis
03-15-2011, 04:34 PM
I just wish and pray for the nightmare to end...

Janet Rosen
03-15-2011, 05:58 PM
Jun reports his family is fine.

Ron Tisdale
03-16-2011, 08:17 AM
Whew! That is good to hear, thanks Janet!
Best,
Ron

Marie Noelle Fequiere
03-16-2011, 08:41 PM
Jun reports his family is fine.

Ah, that's good. But I am sure that they are not having a ball. Please Janet, tell Jun to tell them how much we are touched by their plight.
We can just do our little best, either by donating or by praying. In french, we say that gathered crumbs make a cake.
We know something about it where I live.

Guillaume Erard
03-17-2011, 02:13 AM
Guillaume

I am just watching this horror on TV, take care my friend.
My thoughts are with the people of Japan.

Henry Ellis
Positive Aikido
http://aikido-books.blogspot.com/

Hi Henry

Thanks for your kind words. The situation is nerve breaking but we hang on. Please do keep one of those signed copy of Positive Aikido for me. Would really love to read it calmly once things have settled down ;)

G

Ron Tisdale
03-21-2011, 02:24 PM
I contributed through the Red Cross through my company because they have a matching program. Please check with your employer to see if they will match, I am sure every little bit counts!

Best,
Ron

Allen Beebe
03-23-2011, 10:08 AM
Folks here in Portland Oregon are putting together a Budo Benefit for Japan Aid. It will feature at least six different Aikido dojo, BJJ, ECQC, Kendo, Koryu, and Judo all working together to raise funds for disaster aid.

Two Rivers Aikikai has generously agreed to host the event at their dojo. The event will be held Sunday, April 17th, 2011.

I will be posting more details in the near future. Until then, please mark your calendars! There will be lots of diverse input and plenty of opportunity to train in a friendly environment with the sole purpose of helping those in great need. Please join us Sunday, April 17th, 2011 at Two Rivers Aikikai, Portland Oregon!

Allen

Janet Rosen
03-23-2011, 10:34 AM
Allen, that sounds like a wonderful event!

aikishihan
03-23-2011, 10:44 AM
Congratulations, Allen, for working together with those fine representatives of true Budo to help those in need.

Kudos to the participating dojos and organizations for their ability to find a way to combine their efforts. Thanks to Three Rivers Aikikai for contributing their facility for this fine cause.

This, hopefully, will be one of many such demonstrations of genuine humanity in action.

Tenyu
03-23-2011, 04:21 PM
"Based on measurements made at monitoring stations in Japan and the United States, Wotawa said the iodine released from Fukushima in the first three-four days was about 20 percent of that released from Chernobyl during a ten-day period.

For Caesium-137, the figure could amount to some 50 percent."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/23/japan-quake-radiation-chernobyl-idUSLDE72M2AT20110323?pageNumber=1

The statement "One U.N. study has estimated Chernobyl, in Ukraine, may over time cause 4,000 to 9,000 extra deaths from cancer." is propaganda.

http://www.ratical.com/radiation/Chernobyl/CRKN1MP.html

Allen Beebe
04-08-2011, 05:50 PM
860

I think most, if not all, of the details have been worked out for the April 17th Budo Benefit for Japan Aid in Portland Oregon. Many dojos representing a variety of Budo will be presenting instruction and demonstration. Please see the attached PDF for the pertinent details.

We hope to see a lot of old friends and new friends and raise a lot of money to help a lot of people in need.

Please come!,
Allen

Tenyu
04-13-2011, 11:58 AM
Half hour Finnish journalist's video one week after the tsunami:

Link (http://areena.yle.fi/video/1302552068979)

English transcript here. (http://koti.mbnet.fi/tehuty/silminnakija/)

Marie Noelle Fequiere
04-14-2011, 10:12 AM
I received this e mail from a friend, and I just had to share it with you guys. In case some of you have read the original version, I have to say that I received this text in french, and that I asked my niece, who is an interpreter, to translate it in english, in order to share it with the maximum of people on the aikiweb.
So here it is. I'll make no comment, I'll let you tell me what you think.

A friend of mine shared this letter she received from a friend of hers, a Japanese woman.
I would now like to share it with you.
R.

Life in Sendai

Nowadays, life in Sendai is quite surreal ... But I am fortunate for being surrounded by friends who have helped me tremendously. I have also taken refuge in them since my dilapidated shack has now become fully worthy of its name!
We share everything, water, food, even supplementary heating fuel. At night we all sleep in one room, we dine at the candlelight, we share our stories. It's very beautiful, very heartwarming. During the day we try to make our homes mud and debris free.
As soon as a water point is open, people either wait in line to get supplies or remain in their car watching the news on their GPS. When water is restored in an individual's house, that person puts a sign outside their home so that others can benefit from it.
What amazes me is that there is no jostling nor looting even if people leave their front doors wide open (which is what is recommended to do during an earthquake).
Everywhere we hear, "Oh, it's like in the good old days when everybody helped one another!"
Earthquakes continue. Last night, we had one every quarter of an hour. The howling of sirens was constant as well as the roar of helicopters over our heads.
Yesterday evening, water was restored for a few hours. Today it has been restored for half the day. We were also treated to a bit of electricity this afternoon. But still, there is no gas. The improvements depend on neighborhoods. Some have water but no electricity, and others the opposite.
Nobody has showered in days. We are dirty but it's of little importance.
I like this new feeling, this disappearance, this peeling of the superfluous, everything that is not essential. Live fully, intuitively, instinctively, warmly, and survive, not as individuals but as a whole community ...
Different worlds coexist strangely.
Here, devastated homes, but there a house intact with its futons and laundry in the sun!
Over there, people are endlessly queuing for water and provisions, while others walk their dog.
Then, a few touches of great beauty. First, the silent night; no car noise. Nobody in the streets but a sky sparkling with stars. I usually can only distinguish one or two ... The mountains around Sendai stand out in silhouette, in the beautiful cool night air.
The Japanese themselves are magnificent. Each day I go home, like right now where I'm enjoying the restoration of electricity to send you this email, and every day I find new reserves and water on the threshold! Who puts them there? I have no idea!
Older men in green hats go from house to house to check if everyone is alright. Everyone makes sure you're alright.
I do not see any signs of fear. Of resignation, yes. But not of fear or panic!
However, more aftershocks are predicted, even other major earthquakes in the coming months. Indeed, the ground trembles, rolls, growls.
I'm lucky to live in an elevated and stronger neighborhood of Sendai. So far we have been relatively spared.
Yesterday evening, another gift. My friend's husband brought me provisions and water from the country.
I just realized through this experience that a cosmic stage was being completed around the world. And my heart opens more and more.
My brother asked me if I felt small and insignificant compared to what had just happened. Well no! Instead, I feel like I am part of something much bigger than me. This "rebirth" of the world is tough, yet beautiful!

guest1234567
04-14-2011, 10:48 AM
Thank you very much for sharing this letter Marie Noelle, it is beautiful:)

Mary Eastland
04-14-2011, 11:23 AM
Thank you, Marie Noelle and the orginal poster for giging me a new perspective to my day.
Mary

Allen Beebe
04-18-2011, 04:59 PM
There was a really impressive turn out for this event, which translates into aid for Japan. Each of the arts presented (Aikido, BJJ, Judo, and Kendo) blended well with each other as did the diversity of instructors and teachings. It was great to see the various connections (historical, technical, and personal) among the different arts brought forward. It was also nice to train with folks with different backgrounds.

Thanks to everyone who's input and participation allowed for this wonderful event to happen. It certainly was an enjoyable way to do good in the world!

There is still so much need. Please continue to share what you are doing locally to help.

Thanks,
Allen

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I think most, if not all, of the details have been worked out for the April 17th Budo Benefit for Japan Aid in Portland Oregon. Many dojos representing a variety of Budo will be presenting instruction and demonstration. Please see the attached PDF for the pertinent details.

We hope to see a lot of old friends and new friends and raise a lot of money to help a lot of people in need.

Please come!,
Allen

aikishihan
04-18-2011, 05:20 PM
Congratulations and a huge Domoo Arigatoo to all participants, organizers, supporters and family who allowed this marvelous event to happen so wonderfully.
Looking forward to more examples of compassion and unity from the martial arts community at large over an indefinite time. The challenges facing those In Japan are not going away, and may even loom larger in the near future. Let us continue ways to help.

Kudos to all you heroes, who showed how it is done!

in oneness,