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Hironobu Yamada Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai passes away

Aikido News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:43
Hironobu Yamada Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai passes away
From: Michael Leung posted on 17. Oct 2017, 07:43am

With great regrets, Hong Kong Aikido Kan reports on the passing of Hironobu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan, Aikikai, on 15th October, 2017. Yamada Shihan was the Founder of Hokuso Aikikai and Hokuso Aikikai Holland, and Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. He was also a distinguished Shihan of the traditional martial art of Katori Shinto Ryu. Yamada Shihan began his Aikido career in 1963 at the Jiyugaoka Dojo under Hiroshi Tada Shihan, 9th Dan Aikikai, and has studied under Tada Shihan for over 50 years. Yamada Shihan established his first Dojo, the "JAL Aikido Club" (Japan Airlines Aikido Club) at Narita Airport in 1976. He founded the Hokuso Aikikai un 1983 and was also Shihan of the Yachimata Aikido Association. Yamada Shihan dedicated his life to the growth of Aikido both in Japan and internationally. Yamada Shihan taught extensively in Asia and was the Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. In Europe, Hokuso Aikido Holland is an affiliate of Hokuso Aikikai and Yamada Shihan trained thousands of Aikido practitioners with the Russia Aikikai. He had close ties with Dojos in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and other countries. Our deepest condolence to his family, loved ones, friends and students.

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    The Full Moon

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 00:57
    The Full Moon

    The full moon
    Rising in a clear night sky
    So simple, so beautiful

    The full moon
    Rising in a clear night sky
    So simple, so beautiful


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    Shinjiro Yokoyama in Houston, Texas - Oct. 20-22, 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:20
    Shinjiro Yokoyama in Houston, Texas - Oct. 20-22, 2017
    From: Jorge Garcia posted on 2. Oct 2017, 11:20am
    URL: http://www.shudokanaikido.com/modules/xoopsfaq/index.php?cat_id=21

    Shudokan School of Aikido invites all affiliations of Aikidoka to enjoy training with under a wonderful teacher from Tokyo,Japan. Yokoyama Sensei trained exclusively under Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan for two decades. He is a young man who has internalized the teachings of Hiroshi Kato along with his own understanding of this art through his own training and pursuit of this art. Our Seminar will be from October 20-22, 2017 and will be held at the Samurai Martial Arts dojo at 17111 Kieth Harrow, Houston, Texas 77084. Bring a bokken and Jo because we will also be covering Kato Sensei's unique weapons system for advanced aikido movement. For more information,call Jorge Garcia at 281-630-0361

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    Seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei, October 6-8, 2017

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 21:04
    Seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei, October 6-8, 2017
    From: Marta Crispens posted on 1. Oct 2017, 08:04pm
    URL: http://nashvilleaikikai.org

    Nashville Aikikai will be hosting a seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei on October 6-8, 2017. The seminar will be held at the Nashville Aikikai dojo at 1701B Fatherland St, Nashville, TN. If you are traveling from out of town, please be aware that I-24 will be closed from the I-40 split to the I-65 split starting at 8 PM Friday night, so you will need to give yourself a little extra travel time. Hope to see you there.

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    October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 21:04
    October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont
    From: Don Hebert posted on 1. Oct 2017, 08:04pm
    URL: http://www.rvaikido.org/2017/08/mary-heiny-sensei-fall-seminar-2017/

    October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont Mary Heiny Sensei has been practicing Aikido for almost 50 years. It is our great fortune that she continues to deepen her understanding of this amazing art and is so willing to share what she has learned. This annual seminar is both small and intimate so that each person has the maximum opportunity to receive the benefit of Mary's unique and insightful teaching. River Valley Aikido, Brattleboro, Vermont.

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    Shodan

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 03:48
    Shodan

    Shodan
    The sword is ready
    Now it must be polished

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    Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Oct. 6-8th 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:12
    Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Oct. 6-8th 2017
    From: Andrew Barron posted on 11. Sep 2017, 01:12pm
    URL: http://www.calgaryaikikai.com

    We are excited and looking forward to training with 6th dan Ryuji Shirakawa Shihan of Sendai, Japan once again this Canadian Thanksgiving. This three day seminar with this dynamic sensei is not to be missed. This will be Sensei’s only North American seminar in 2017 and is scheduled for October 6th, 7th and 8th. Please join us on the mat as Sensei teaches us with his characteristic humour, intensity, and powerful technique. If you haven't seen him check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tock4srHlcI

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    Mary Heiny Sensei in Oberlin, OH, Oct 6-8, 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:48
    Mary Heiny Sensei in Oberlin, OH, Oct 6-8, 2017
    From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 11. Sep 2017, 08:48am
    URL: http://clevelandaikido.com/events

    Mary Heiny sensei will be coming back to Oberlin to teach our Fall Seminar October 6-8, 2017. She last visited Oberlin 10 years ago, so we are very pleased she is coming this year again. Mary Heiny Sensei (6th dan) has followed a path of physical and spiritual inspiration for more than forty five years, as a student and teacher of Aikido. She started this journey in 1965 after watching O'Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Heiny Sensei brings to every class, workshop, and seminar she teaches not only her years of aikido training and teaching, but also her extensive experience and study of Japanese culture, language, Shinto and Buddhist philosophies, and Non-Violent Communication. She strives always to communicate the beauty and challenge of O'sensei's desire that we use Aikido to become empowered as creative, compassionate beings and learn to appreciate each other as members of one human family. Seminar keiko will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, October 6, evening class at 7 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday, October 7, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 8, morning class at 10 - 12:30 p.m. The full seminar cost is $110, or $35 per class. All affiliations are welcomed. Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: http://clevelandaikido.com/events/, or call 216-3922274.

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    Brutal Clarity

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 21:58
    Brutal Clarity

    Brutal clarity
    Comforting illusions
    Is there really a choice?

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    Tom Collings Sensei in Seattle, WA, 9/30 - 10/1/2017

    Aikido News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:12
    Tom Collings Sensei in Seattle, WA, 9/30 - 10/1/2017
    From: Jason Mallia posted on 7. Sep 2017, 08:12am
    URL: http://squareup.com/store/tenzan-aikido/item/seminar-with-tom-collings-sensei

    Tenzan Aikido presents Tom Collings Sensei's practice which goes beyond style to demonstrate how each of us, using the principles of Aikido, can personalize our training and meet adversity with compassion. Tenzan Aikido Bruce Bookman Kaicho 7700 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 525-4032

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    Say Nothing

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 05:27
    Say Nothing

    Confound the silence
    And say nothing

    The explosion, when it comes
    Will also be silent

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    Center

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:36
    I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.

    I walk around, but is it around the center?

    I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.

    Where is the center?

    I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi. My technique is Hiruko and Aha.

    What is the center? Is it the heavenly pillar?

    I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.
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    AikiWeb Columns: 20th Anniversary Edition

    Aikido News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:53
    AikiWeb Columns: 20th Anniversary Edition
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 29. Aug 2017, 09:53am
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

    To celebrate AikiWeb's 20th anniversary this month (August, 2017), we have eight columns on the topic of "Twenty Years" from authors including Peter Godsbury, Janet Rosen, Linda Eskin, Lynn Seiser, Stefan Stenudd, Paul Schweer, and Ross Robertson. Click here to read the columns. Thank you, all, for 20 years of support for AikiWeb!

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    Think Only of Success

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 01:40
    Think Only of Success

    Think only of success
    Failure will take care of itself
    After all, it has its own support:
    Murphy, coincidence, chance, fate,
    Karma, shitty old bad luck -
    All its friends
    So, think only of success
    And enter into the attack



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    Iron Sharpens Iron

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 03:55
    As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

    This particular passage of the bible has always resonated with me, especially in my training of Aikido; and this is what makes Aikido so special.

    When we attack each other, we attack so that our partner can become better. It's a selfless thing to do.

    I'm not attacking you to prove I'm better. I'm not attacking you to "win" the fight. I'm not attacking you to show off.

    And please make a special note to this one:

    I'm not attacking you to make you look good, either.

    I'm giving you a sincere attack, and really trying to hit you, so that you can learn and become better. If I've hit you, you've failed, and guess what, you get to try again. I'll do the exact same attack and give you another chance to learn the technique. If you don't get it after four tries, then it's my turn. And I really what to improve. I want my Aikido to really work, so please attack me, don't be afraid, I won't hurt you, I want to learn how to use your energy to defend myself and at the same time protect you from injury.

    I remember once, an Aikido instructor, instructed me to "Take Ukemi" or I would get hurt. After 20 years of Aikido, I've realized, that although he said he was teaching Aikido, it was really a form of Jujutsu, where if you don't submit, you will get injured.

    Did you know that O'Sensei said somewhere along the lines that you need to treat your attacker like a baby, and not hurt him....

    Aikido will never cease to amaze me, it is a beautiful, wonderful art, that only gets deeper and deeper as I learn.
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    Union

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 01:26
    Union

    Some people mistake
    Enlightenment, satori, unification
    As union with God

    Not so
    The union, when it happens
    Is with yourself




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    Silent Pathways

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:36
    Silent Pathways

    I walk dark lonely roads
    But, I am not lonely
    There is a bright full moon
    Casting myriad moon shadows
    Following me as I wander
    Down mysterious, silent pathways



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    I asked him to take it back but he didn't.

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:07
    Ki in daily life is the writing prompt Ron gave me a few days ago. I asked him to take it back but he didn't.

    I am feeling blah around it but I am practicing new behaviors so here we go.

    I have noticed lately that I am feeling low. I am not excited to get out of bed. I am having a lot of negative thoughts like:
    "I have worked my whole life and this is where I have ended up." I need to make more money or have more recognition." Now the more money would be nice but I don't need someone telling every second that I am doing a good job.

    As I have said before I am turning sixty in a few days. I think the pall that I feel is because something in the back of my mind says 60 is the big one: the one where we really are all done. No more fun…just grown up hard stuff.

    That being said…and I am going to keep telling about it until it passes because I know that it is a lie and if I keep telling it will diminish like all untruths. Only the truth lasts and I want to live in the truth.

    That being said…I feel great. Last night Ron and I went for a bike ride after work. We had a nice healthy dinner and then cleaned up the kitchen.

    We played mitts and sticks and then an exciting game of "Ticket to Ride" where we had some healthy fun feuding. He gets to wear the imaginary engineer hat and scarf because he won yet again.

    Work felt long yesterday and I felt lonely for a bit and sad because I think I don't get to see my family enough.

    I noticed all this because I pay attention to my feelings and notice when they arise and how long they last and if they are true or a deliberate manufacturing of self-pity.

    Ron and I have a lovely life together. Yet I can wander away from it to torture myself with "what ifs"…"what if we lose the house?, what if I die first?…what if I die last? What if I get dementia? What if I am a street lady?"

    I can let myself get filled with self-centered fear like a helium balloon that breaks the string and flies off to balloon heaven (or hell).

    I practice ki in daily life by coming back to what is real. And what is real in each moment is that I am ok. I am so ok.
    Then I can see if I am ok in this moment maybe I will be ok in all the moments. One moment at a time.

    I come back to now by doing something physical…it may be going for a walk, hopping on my bike for a spin, doing some ki exercises, juggling for a few moments, vacuuming the floor, sweeping the cobwebs off the lights and my mind. Sometimes I go out to the dojo and do rolls just to remind myself that I can.

    I might write down what is bothering me, or I might write a gratitude list and share it with my gratitude group. I might write an email to my sponsor or tell Ron what is going on. I might write my blog. Sometimes I just get on my knees and pray for help. I have many tools to bring me back to the moment where all is well.

    I think the challenge of getting older is to stay in the now as much as possible and to appreciate all the gifts that abound around me.

    I do not have to give up and sit in my chair like my mother did. I want to grab the rest of this life and live it. I love to be alive and I am happy for the chance to see what my sixties look like on me.
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    I asked him to take it back but he didn’t.

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:07
    Ki in daily life is the writing prompt Ron gave me a few days ago. I asked him to take it back but he didn’t.

    I am feeling blah around it but I am practicing new behaviors so here we go.

    I have noticed lately that I am feeling low. I am not excited to get out of bed. I am having a lot of negative thoughts like:
    “I have worked my whole life and this is where I have ended up.” I need to make more money or have more recognition.” Now the more money would be nice but I don’t need someone telling every second that I am doing a good job.

    As I have said before I am turning sixty in a few days. I think the pall that I feel is because something in the back of my mind says 60 is the big one: the one where we really are all done. No more fun…just grown up hard stuff.

    That being said…and I am going to keep telling about it until it passes because I know that it is a lie and if I keep telling it will diminish like all untruths. Only the truth lasts and I want to live in the truth.

    That being said…I feel great. Last night Ron and I went for a bike ride after work. We had a nice healthy dinner and then cleaned up the kitchen.

    We played mitts and sticks and then an exciting game of “Ticket to Ride” where we had some healthy fun feuding. He gets to wear the imaginary engineer hat and scarf because he won yet again.

    Work felt long yesterday and I felt lonely for a bit and sad because I think I don’t get to see my family enough.

    I noticed all this because I pay attention to my feelings and notice when they arise and how long they last and if they are true or a deliberate manufacturing of self-pity.

    Ron and I have a lovely life together. Yet I can wander away from it to torture myself with “what ifs”…”what if we lose the house?, what if I die first?…what if I die last? What if I get dementia? What if I am a street lady?”

    I can let myself get filled with self-centered fear like a helium balloon that breaks the string and flies off to balloon heaven (or hell).

    I practice ki in daily life by coming back to what is real. And what is real in each moment is that I am ok. I am so ok.
    Then I can see if I am ok in this moment maybe I will be ok in all the moments. One moment at a time.

    I come back to now buy doing something physical…it may be going for a walk, hopping on my bike for a spin, doing some ki exercises, juggling for a few moments, vacuuming the floor, sweeping the cobwebs off the lights and my mind. Sometimes I go out to the dojo and do rolls just to remind myself that I can.

    I might write down what is bothering me, or I might write a gratitude list and share it with my gratitude group. I might write an email to my sponsor or tell Ron what is going on. I might write my blog. Sometimes I just get on my knees and pray for help. I have many tools to bring me back to the moment where all is well.

    I think the challenge of getting older is to stay in the now as much as possible and to appreciate all the gifts that abound around me.

    I do not have to give up and sit in my chair like my mother did. I want to grab the rest of this life and live it. I love to be alive and I am happy for the chance to see what my sixties look like on me.
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    Sustainable Practice

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 03:17
    Your aikido will only improve when your concept of aikido improves.
    ~ Kenjiro Yoshigasaki


    Sustainable Practice

    As I get older
    And my Aikido practice ages
    (Matures?)
    Along with me
    I am reminded of the quote above
    And how difficult it is
    To improve or even sustain
    My Aikido practice unless
    My concept of Aikido changes
    As I do physically
    The need to adapt, change, grow
    To transform self and art
    Is a constant need and struggle
    But can only happen
    If and when your concepts change
    And you are open to this very possibility
    This, I constantly remind myself
    As I step on the mat
    Breathing, moving, breathing, moving
    Doing my best to sustain an art
    That has also sustained me
    For long, hard, joyous decades
    I find my mind, my mind finds me
    As I move to where my ego smugly sits
    And destroy it!



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