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News from October, 2000

Seminar/Event: Aikido Yoshinkan Millenium Fellowship Festival
Posted 10/02/2000 10:09pm [from Alistair Sumner]

October 13th - 15th. 2000. Georgetown District High School, 60 Guelph St., (HWY 7) Georgetown, Ontario, Canada L7G 3Z5. We are honoured to be hosting five Seminars by Kyoichi Inoue 9th Dan Yoshinkan Dojo-cho together with classes by an international gathering of over 30 Yoshinkan Aikido instructors from Japan, Canada, USA, Israel, France, New Zealand and Australia. We are delighted to host Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal. All students of Aikido regardless of rank or affliation are invited to join us in open fellowship at a 400 tatami dojo .The seminars will be followed by a Public Demonstration Sunday October 15th 16:00 - 17:30. For registration information please visit http://www.haltonhillsaikido.com.

Seminar/Event: Greenville, SC -- David Shaner
Posted 10/02/2000 10:09pm [from Janet Roberson]

Dr. David Shaner will host a FREE lecture/demonstration at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts on Sat., Nov. 18th at 10:30am. Dr. Shaner has studied for over thirty years the Japanese martial art of Aikido under the director of Master Koichi Tohei. He holds the rank of Joden in Ki Development and 6th dan in Aikido. Two of his students (Ileana Shaner and Eric Harrell) are the reigning World Champions in Aikido-Taigi Competition. For more information, call (800) 888-7768.

Book/Video: Nishio Aikido, Vol 5 & 6
Posted 10/11/2000 8:43am [from Jun Akiyama]

Aikido Journal is pleased to announce the long-awaited release of the next two videotapes -- volumes 5 and 6 -- of the Nishio Aikido series. Tape 5 is a detailed presentation of numerous techniques from Yokomenuchi attacks. Tape 6 covers in depth Ryotedori (two-handed grabs) and Sodedori (sleeve grabs) techniques. Applications of these techniques using the ken and jo are also shown.

Website: Article on Kato Sensei's Seminar
Posted 10/11/2000 11:51am [from Jun Akiyama]

Aikido World has a nice article on the recent seminar with Hiroshi Kato sensei. A good set of pictures accompany this article. Check it out!

Website: Aikido Online Updated
Posted 10/24/2000 9:18am [from Jun Akiyama]

I just got word that the Fall 2000 issue of Aikido Online is out. It looks like they have some great material including an interview with Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu. Be sure to check it out!

Book/Video: Moving Toward Harmony
Posted 10/26/2000 11:51am [from Lesley Thomas]

"Moving Toward Harmony" is a new book on the principles of Aikido, written by Eric Oberg of Seattle School of Aikido. This is not a "how to" it is an attempt to communicate some of the principles of Aikido to the lay reader and give advanced practitioners food for thought.

Don O'Bell Sensei Passes Away
Posted 10/29/2000 7:32pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Larry Novick sensei of ACE Aikido Club let me know that:

    "Last night (October 28th 2000) at 2am, my teacher, friend, and co-founder of the ACE Aikido Dojo, Don O'Bell, passed away. Don had been in Aikido for a good 30 years, starting his training when he was 45 years old. He was very close to Tohei Sensei at one time, as he was able to spend a lot of time with him in the early '70s when Tohei would come to LA for extended stays. Over the years Don gave those of us who know him a true gift in the way he saw, and taught, Aikido. Not only that, but even well into his 70s he could outlast anyone on the mat. He had amazing Ki. Please hold a good thought for him, his family, and the many people he helped with his generous teaching."
My condolensces to his family, friends, and loved ones.

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