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News from March, 2001

Norihiko Ichihashi Sensei Passes Away
Posted 3/05/2001 7:56am [from Jun Akiyama]

I just received the following information on Norihiko Ichihashi sensei's passing away. "With much regret we must inform you that Mr. Norihiko Ichihashi (8th dan, Shihan of Aikikai Hombu Instructor Department) passed away at dawn on March 4th, 2001. The funeral service will take place as follows. Wake: March 8th, 6-7pm, Yoyohata Funeral Hall, Tokyo (2-42-1, Nishihara, Shibuyaku, Tokyo 151-0066, +81 3 3466 1006, +81 3 3466 1651 (fax). Funeral Service: March 9th, 11am-12pm, Yoyohata Funeral Hall, Tokyo. Chief Mourner: Mrs. Mieko Ichihashi." I wish to express my condolences to Ichihashi sensei's family, friends, and loved ones.

Book/Video: "The Way to Union with Ki" by Koichi Tohei sensei
Posted 3/09/2001 11:45am [from Jun Akiyama]

I just received news that Koichi Tohei sensei will be publishing a new book in October, 2001, entitled "The Way to Union with Ki." Here's the information from Ki Society Headquarters. "We will publish the English version of Koichi Tohei Sensei's book which is titled "The Way to Union with KI (Ki ni Gassuru no Michi)" on October, 2001. This book is a commemorative publication of Tohei Sensei's 80 years old birthday. All Ki-Aikido techniques are described in this book. And Tohei Sensei will sign an autograph each copy. And this book will be the last book of KI-Aikido technique written by Tohei Sensel. We sell this book by subscription only and this book is a limited edition of 300 copies. Special price of the book is 18,000 yen (Shipping is not included). After March 15, 2001 price will be back to regular price which is 20,000 yen per copy. Because we publish only 300 copies and we need to translate and pay tax, the price of a copy became expensive. I am sorry to cost you a great deal, but I hope you will understand the situation and please use the book forever. To subscribe for the book, please fill out enclosed subscription form and list, then send them to H.Q. along with payment. The deadline of the subscription form will be March 15, 2001. If you send money by a bank draft in yen, you will need to add 5,000 yen per check as bank handling fee. (please see another enclosed information) Therefore, I will suggest you to send money to our bank account directly because bank handling fee for transferring money to our bank account is 2,500 yen. Here is our bank account number: Zaidan-hojin KI no Kenkyukai, Kaicho Koichi Tohei. Dai-ichi Kangyo Bank, Iidabashi Branch, Futsu 2027900. We will deliver Tohei Sensei's book to you by end of November at the latest. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask our overseas Division staff, Maki Sato. We hope you will place an order. Thank you very much." [Note March 12, 2001: I have just received word that you must have the signature of a Ki Society dojocho in order to order this book... People interested may want to contact their local Ki Society dojo.]

Book/Video: New Aiki Ken/Jo Videos with Saito sensei
Posted 3/13/2001 1:49pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Aikido Journal has just released a two-tape video set of Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo by Morihiro Saito sensei. They write, "The aiki ken tape covers: 7 ken suburi, ki musubi no tachi, 5 kumitachi and henka no tachi. The aiki jo tape includes: 31 jo kata, 20 jo suburi, 31 jo kumijo, 10 kumijo, and 13 jo awase. These videotapes are the most detailed available on this subject and clearly depict each sword and staff movement in an easily-understood manner." More information on their product page.

Website: Aikido Online's New Issue
Posted 3/14/2001 12:20pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I just got word from Aikido Online that their newest issue is now online. New articles, interviews, marketplace features, and more! Be sure to check them out.

Magazine: Aikido Today Magazine's Dojo Directory
Posted 3/14/2001 12:23pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Aikido Today Magazine is compiling their annual dojo directory. To make sure your dojo appears in their directory, visit their Dojo Directory page and follow the directions there. The deadline for this year's directory addition is June 15, 2001.

Nishio Sensei Out of the Hospital
Posted 3/15/2001 4:52pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I just read on Nishio Sensei's website (the bulletin board section in Japanese) that although he has been in the hospital since February 14th due to general fatigue, he will be let out of the hospital on Friday, March 16th. He has been spending weekdays in the hospital and weekends at home. All of his training in March except for the iai-touhou on the 25th have been cancelled, but some of his April venues including his Denmark seminar will go on as scheduled. Please e-mail sakamoto-koichi@mwd.biglobe.ne.jp or fax 048-838-4455 (Japan) for well wishes.

AikiWeb News: AikiWeb Reaches 1,000,000 Page View Milestone
Posted 3/16/2001 8:47am [from Jun Akiyama]

March 16, 2001. Earlier this morning, AikiWeb's home page was viewed for its 1,000,000th time! I remember when I first set this site up, I used to only get maybe one or two hundred views on the home page every day; how things have changed! I want to thank everyone out there who has supported AikiWeb in the past, especially those who have contributed articles, dojo submissions, forum postings, book reviews, and other information to the site -- thank you! I very much appreciate everyone's support and encouragement that I have received over the years; the site wouldn't be here without them. Here's to looking forward to another million page views!

AikiWeb News: New Sensei and Dojo Pictures in the Multimedia Section
Posted 3/16/2001 5:14pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I just went and put up a bunch of new images of aikido instructors including that of Morihiro Saito sensei (9th dan, Aikikai) and Koichi Kashiwaya sensei (8th dan, Ki Society). Also added is a new section of Aikido dojo pictures. Check them all out!

Seminar/Event: Carribean Aikido Seminar
Posted 3/20/2001 11:20pm [from Nippon Budo Kai Kan]

The Carribean Aikido Seminar was confirmed for May 26 &27 2001 in Puerto Rico. The seminar will be hosted by the "Japanese Martial Arts Center" (Nippon Budo Kai Kan), an affiliated Dojo to the Ten Shin Aikido Association. Interested people can e-mail the organization to receive more information to takeda@prtc.net.

Seminar/Event: International Seminar
Posted 3/26/2001 11:55am [from Henrique Martins]

Aikido Seminar directed by Georges Stobbaerts, Aikido Hanshi, 8 Dan, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. Place: Honbu Dojo Ten Chi, Sintra, Portugal. Dates: 25th-29th July 2001

Fusae Tomiki Passes Away
Posted 3/26/2001 11:55am [from Jun Akiyama]

I just received word that Fusae Tomiki, who was the late Kenji Tomiki sensei's wife, passed away on 25. March, 2001. She had been the chairman of the Japan Aikido Association since Tomiki sensei's death. Condolences go out to her family, friends, and loved ones.

Seminar/Event: Holland Summercamp With John Stevens Sensei
Posted 3/26/2001 11:55am [from Wilbert Sluiter]

Classical Aikido Summercamp With John Stevens Sensei will occur in Maastricht Holland from 21st through 27th of July, 2001.

Dojo News: New Dojo Listing
Posted 3/26/2001 11:55am [from Michael D. Park]

All are welcome to visit the classes at Aikido Ailver Bridge Dojo in Plano, Texas. This dojo is affiliated with Bill Sosa sensei and the International Aikido Association. Classes are held at Vines High School on West 15th St. In Plano, Texas. For more information email Michael Park at mdavidpark@aol.com

Seminar/Event: IAA performs in Japanese Garden Spring Festival
Posted 3/27/2001 8:13am [from Lynn Fabia]

Students of International Aikido Associaton, Bill Sosa, Director will perform in the Japanese Garden Spring Feestival. A full weekend of Japanese culture, cuisine, music, martial arts. Demonstration held on Sunday, April 8th 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Location: Botanic Garden 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Fort Worth, TX (817) 871-7686

Dojo News: IAA's New Location in Fort Worth, TX
Posted 3/27/2001 8:13am [from Lynn Fabia]

International Aikido Association's new Fort Worth location. 1251 W. Magnolia (corner of 5th & Magnolia) Fort Worth, TX 76104 (817) 737-2223 Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday's 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Family rates available.

Seminar/Event: Seminar with Daniel Burghignon
Posted 3/27/2001 8:13am [from Mikhail Safronov]

Seminar with Daniel Burghignon, 5 dan (France) will take place in Moscow (Russia) on May 18-20 in 5,st.Avangardnaya. Please contact postmaster@amteo.msk.ru for more information.

Equipment: Iwata Shokai's New Website
Posted 3/27/2001 9:03am [from Jun Akiyama]

Iwata Shokai, purveyors of hakama frequently worn in aikido, now has a new website which includes a pricelist and ordering information.

AikiWeb News: New AikiCards Electronic Greeting Cards
Posted 3/28/2001 1:00pm [from Jun Akiyama]

AikiWeb is proud to present the newest section of AikiWeb: the AikiCards electronic greeting cards! Nearly 50 images to choose from including 10 pictures of Morihei Ueshiba sensei from the Walther G. von Krenner Collection and 9 from North Bay Aikido, 5 pictures of Kisshomaru Ueshiba sensei from the von Krenner collection, 14 pieces of calligraphy from Eri Takase, and 5 humorous cartoons from Fudebakudo. Send these free AikiCards to your friends today!

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