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News from July, 2001

Website: New Article on Aikido Online
Posted 7/01/2001 10:47pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I just heard that Aikido Online has put up the fourth installment of "Aikido: Etiquette et Transmission" by Tamura sensei, translated from its original French. This installment is Chapter 5 entitled, "Places and Methods of Practice." Good reading!

Seminar/Event: Aiki Expo 2002 Demonstration Participants
Posted 7/03/2001 11:48pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Aikido Journal has just put up a page of demonstration participants who will be present at the Aiki Expo 2002. Demonstration participants currently include Robert Nadeau sensei, Patrick Auge sensei, John Goss sensei, Danielle Molles Smith sensei, Julio Toribio sensei, and James Williams sensei.

Fumio Toyoda Sensei Passes Away
Posted 7/04/2001 9:06pm [from Jun Akiyama]

I just got word that Fumio Toyoda sensei of Aikido Association of America passed away early this morning, July 4th, 2001. The announcement I received from AAA says, in part, "As you know, our teacher Toyoda Shihan, took ill in Greece and upon his return was hospitalized here in Chicago. Sensei's health had been improving, but on the evening of July 2nd he experienced a setback from the bacterial infection he was fighting. Despite every effort by the doctors, Sensei grew weaker. Early this morning, July 4th, he was taken off life support and made comfortable, per the Toyoda family's wishes. Sensei left us at 2:30am." I had the opportunity to train with Toyoda sensei back in 1998 and had a good time at his seminar. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. Update 7/4: The funeral will take place on Saturday, July 7th at Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home at 1458 W Belmont Avenue in Chicago. Phone number is (773) 472-6300. Visitation is from 3-6pm and service is from 6-7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests "Koden"-the Buddhist tradition of bringing a monetary gift to help offset funeral costs or in memory of Toyoda Sensei. These donations may be made to either the Toyoda Family or to AIF.

Seminar/Event: Asian Aikido Federation Seminar
Posted 7/06/2001 5:05pm [from Seah Ah Hee]

Aikikai Singapore will be holding its Send Asian Aikido Federation seminar in Singapore. The aikido training will be conducted by high ranking shihan at the SIA Group Sports Club.

Website: Birankai Website Launched
Posted 7/07/2001 1:56pm [from Jun Akiyama]

T.K. Chiba sensei's new aikido organization, Birankai International, has a new website that was just recently launched. The website states that if you have any questions regarding this new organization to please direct it to Elizabeth Lynn, secretary of Birankai International.

Dojo News: New Dojo in Quezon, Phillipines
Posted 7/12/2001 7:36pm [from Ramil Raymund M. Rances]

A new dojo has been opened in the Philippines. This is the first hospital based dojo in the Philippines, the Philippine Heart Center Aikido Club. Address: Philippine Heart Center East Avenue, Quezon City 1100. Country: Philippines. Phone: (632) 925-2401. Intructors: Crispin Buenaseda, 4th dan; Willy Li, 4th dan. Schedule: MW 6-7:30 pm. Style: Aikikai. Affiliation: Aikikai; Aikido Philippines; Hombu Dojo.

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