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Old 01-15-2004, 01:27 AM   #1
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Do symbol First Caribbean Aikido Festival

Hey folks,

Not sure if this should be in the seminars section, but I wanted to get some pointers, information, insights etc. from you folks.

The Year 2004 marks the 10th Anniversary of the founding of our dojo, and I wanted to do something special.

So I was thinking of having a one-day, mini Aiki Expo type...ish session with Aikido demonstrations in the morning, followed by seminars in the afternoon, encompassing about 8 hours total. The projected date should be within the first half of August.

The thing is, I've never undertaken a project of this size, and I would like to invite folks from abroad to come down to Trinidad to either demonstrate or merely train with a different instructor in some nice Caribbean weather.

Even had the notion of possibly having a second day where we all can go down to the beach (special guests and seminar folks at least), do weapons in the morning and then relax for the rest of the day, have a big barbecue or whatever, making the whole thing a weekend affair.

Was thinking of making the entire thing a completely Shodokan affair, but I have too many great contacts in other sectors of Aikido who I can at least invite to demonstrate. Would also like to make this a showcase of what Aikido is supposed to be from different perspectives, as the locals here are not very knowledgable in that area and can easily become fodder for those who may want to make a quick buck with the McDojo approach.

So let me know your thoughts, ideas on planning, costs, areas to avoid in the process etc. Funds are a permanent problem for us, so I'm not sure if I can pay for any "great" or renowned senseis to be there, as I understand it may be customary to sponsor these things as host, but I will do my best.

All comments will be greatly appreciated.

L.C.

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Old 01-15-2004, 09:48 AM   #2
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Hi Larry,

First, congratulations on your 10 year anniversary. This year we celebrate our 5th year.

I have hosted Parker Shihan every year since 2000, so I have a bit of experience with putting on a large event. This one is a bit different though. In one part of your post you mention wanting an Aiki Expo type celebration, yet in another, you mention Shodokan only. So I guess the first thing you need to decide is what type of event you want to have.

Depending on how many people from the Shodokan you can get to come out, you might consider having a featured senior Shodokan instructor. Our clinic fees are set to pay for all of Parker Shihan's expenses. We provide for all his accommodations, meals, transportation, etc. We usually have all our meals together at home with the family and one large dojo gathering. Parker Shihan is really great about this. My clinic layout will always include Yoshinkan only sessions; however we also have at least one open session. However we always stress that our clinics are based strongly on the Yoshinkan teaching method. I usually have 2 -- 3 Aikikai folks show up and they always enjoy the classes.

We have yet to do an enbutakai (demonstration). For us, we would rather use that time to train. However in your case, I could see how this might be fun. If you want to do an open session, here is a thought for you. One of our instructors, in Southern, California, for years hosted what was called the OSU Festival. This was a celebration of Aikido and usually held on or around the date of O'Sensei's death. Aikido instructors from various schools were invited, which usually means their students attend. There would usually be about 6 instructors and each of them chose a particular technique to share. They would teach the technique from 2 to 3 different attacks, and then show various variations. Each instructor had about one hour, with a 10-15 minute break between each session. This would last most of the day and at the very end, they would have a Q&A section so the students could ask questions on various points. With a modest fee charged to each student, you should be able to draw in enough funds to help pay for event planning, rentals, guest instructor, etc.

Keep in mind that airfare is one of the biggest expenses, so you may not draw a lot of visitors from abroad. So focus on your community, country, but do provide information on accommodations for those that might be able to join you.

Hope this helps ...

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Old 01-15-2004, 10:40 AM   #3
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Congrats Larry. That sounds great. I will send you some contact info in case you decide to invite other to demo. I would like to attend in any case.
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Old 01-15-2004, 01:22 PM   #4
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I think if you are going to open the event up to other styles you should invite Hiroaki Izumi Sensei from Barbados. I've heard some good things about him.

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Old 01-16-2004, 11:27 AM   #5
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Thanks for the insights so far folks. Especially yours Steven. I think I got one PM/e-mail from you, which I replied to via email. If you did not get it, let me know.

Robert, thank you for the info, I did not even know there was Aikido in Barbados. Now I'm thinking of visiting them sometime.

Asim: I'll keep you posted as events move forward.

From what Steven gave I'm now thinking about getting a high ranked instructor, possibly from the UK, to sort of be the central person featured at the event. Will have to talk to my instructor and possibly Sean about this, as I have no direct links to these people.

I'm thinking now that we can have demonstrations of different styles, but let the seminar/clinic be only Shodokan, with the featured sensei being the one who does the instruction, probably with the aid of other high Shodokan ranks.

For me, the idea behind this is to promote our style and our dojo, but also to give the general public and idea as to what the different flavours of aikido look like.

Will still have to pass this idea by my instructor to get his views though, but I'm still in the process of working out the details. I think part of my problem is that I go train wherever good Aikido is being done, regardless of style, hence my desire to show some of the different options, even though they may not be available in our country yet.

If you guys have any more ideas, please keep them coming.

Arigato Gozaimashita

L.C.

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Old 01-16-2004, 05:36 PM   #6
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Hi Larry,

I did not get your e-mail. Unfortunately, my ISP has been a bit selective. Please send me a PM from this site.

One thing we did last year when Parker Sensei was here was to host an open house. We did a regular class but invited the public to watch. We also offered a free introductory class.

...cheers...
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Old 02-08-2004, 11:45 PM   #7
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Exclamation So here's the layout

Okay folks, after some thinking and planning I have come up with a draft for the layout of the Festival:

The event will consist of two phases - Demonstration and Seminar.

The Demonstration phase will take part from 10:30A.M. until 12:15P.M. and will consist of demonstrations by the host dojo, Shodokan Trinidad, the visiting guest of honour Shodokan Instructor (hoping for someone over 4th Dan from Shodokan UK), the local Judo association, as we are a member of this association I will ask one of their clubs to do a Judo demonstration as well, most likely near the break at 12:15.

The vision of the Demonstration segment is to allow the general members of the public, the media and the local martial arts community to appreciate and understand what Aikido in general is supposed to look like and also have an appreciation that there are stylistic differences as well. As such I am also planning to invite contacts from other styles of Aikido such as Aikikai and possibly the Ki Society or Yoshinkan to demonstrate a bit of what they do to add some variety to the demonstration element. Finally, I have also considered asking the Akayama Ryu school of Jujutsu to demonstrate as well, since many of their core techniques are taken from the Shodokan Aikido training system.

In this way the audience is given a feel as to what Aikido in general has in common, Aikido stylistic differences and what Aikido concepts applied as Jujutsu and Defensive Tactics may look like, giving focus to the different aspects of Aikido as Sport, the similarities and differences between Aikido and Judo, Personal Cultivation, Mind/Body Coordination, Weaponry, and Self Defence. This is designed to be the "Aikido showcase" part, mainly for the spectators.

At 12:15PM there will be a 45 minute break, at which point those who wish to be instructed at the following Seminar phase will stay behind. This is for the benefit of the local and visiting Aikido students, as well as other members of the martial arts community who may want a hands on feel of what Aikido really is all about.

The Seminar segment will be purely Shodokan Aikido and will be led by the instruction of the honourary guest from the U.K. Depending on how many higher Shodokan grades are interested and come down, we can either separate the instruction across several different instructors for shorter periods of time (maybe half hour), or have one large instruction session for those interested, touching on all the major elements of training. This can run from 1:00PM to 3:30 PM. The key here though is to show the training methodology from the Shodokan perspective, the other schools can join in to train, but there will be only one system being instructed.

At 3:30 there will be a vote of thanks to the honourary guest instructor and the other guest instructors/demonstrators and a short time for a question and answer session before the Seminar phase is completed.

This is my basic plan for the day, I have in mind an optional element on the following day, a Sunday, where all the visiting instructors and Aikidoka can go down to the beach, we do an early morning weapons session and then take the rest of the day to relax at the beach, have a barbecue etc.

So what do you folks think of this idea?

Those out there who may like to help by deonstration etc. also please let me know via PM or e-mail.

Onegaishimasu.

L.C.

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Old 02-09-2004, 08:52 AM   #8
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Larry,

It sounds like a great event. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you promote it.

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Old 02-09-2004, 03:08 PM   #9
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Sounds like a cool time. Do you have contacts (other than Steven) for yoshinkan instructors for the demo? I think Steven would make a great demonstrator...

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Old 02-09-2004, 07:17 PM   #10
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Sounds like a cool time. Do you have contacts (other than Steven) for yoshinkan instructors for the demo? I think Steven would make a great demonstrator...

Ron
Hi Ron,

There is a Yoshinkan instructor here that I've trained with. Personally though, I don't think he'd want to come demonstrate at our little event.

Trained with some folks in Canada as well, but he is VERY far away and only 1st Kyu.

I think Steven is a great possiblity as a demonstrator, but it's up to him whether he can make the trip or not.

If you are listening Steven and you're interested, let me know.

Thanks for the idea Ron.

If nothing else I can promise all the local food you guys can eat and all the beer you can drink .

Onegaishimasu.

L.C.

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Old 03-17-2004, 12:19 PM   #11
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Okay, so we finally got a tentative booking at our proposed venue for Saturday August 14th, 2004.

If anyone is interested in attending or demonstrating at the festival, please let me know via this thread or e-mail. I will send you the particulars accordingly.

For all the Shodokan folks out there, we are still in the process of finding our special guest instructor. If you have any ideas or know anyone, please let me know.

Hope this all works out.

Onegaishimasu.

L.C.

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Old 03-17-2004, 12:36 PM   #12
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Say Larry, how close is this place to where you are?

http://www.oldfortbequia.com/

Thanks,

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Old 03-18-2004, 07:25 AM   #13
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Say Larry, how close is this place to where you are?

http://www.oldfortbequia.com/

Thanks,

Ron
Hey Ron,

Not far at all actually. There is a map of the caribbean here http://www.oldfortbequia.com/map.htm Bequia is in the Grenadines so you can catch a flight to Trinidad (the big island at the bottom) from St. Vincent. A round trip flight to Trinidad from St. Vincent for that weekend will cost about US$100. The flight is about 1 hour long.

For those who are interested I am trying to arrange for accomodation at my house and some of our dojo members to minimise the cost to those who may want to attend.

Hope to see you there Ron.

L.C.

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