Oct 12-14, 2018: George Ledyard Sensei in Oberlin, OH

Aikido News - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 12:31
Oct 12-14, 2018: George Ledyard Sensei in Oberlin, OH
From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 15. Sep 2018, 11:31am

Oberlin Aikikai invites all to join us for the annual Fall Aikido Seminar in Oberlin with George Ledyard Sensei. This special gasshuku will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, October 12, evening class at 7 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 13, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, October 14, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m. The full seminar cost is $110, or $30 per class. All affiliations are welcomed. Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit:, email: or call 216-392 2274. See you on the mat, Andrzej Siwkiewicz Oberlin Aikido Club Head Instructor

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    Shinjiro Yokoyama, 6th dan in Houston / Oct. 19-21, 2018

    Aikido News - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 12:31
    Shinjiro Yokoyama, 6th dan in Houston / Oct. 19-21, 2018
    From: Jorge Garcia posted on 15. Sep 2018, 11:31am

    The Shudokan Aikido Association is pleased to be hosting Shinjiro Yokoyama from Tokyo, Japan at the Shudokan School of Aikido in Houston, Texas from October 19-21,2018. Yokoyama Sensei was a direct student of Shihan Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan for more than two decades at the Suginami Aikikai in Tokyo, Japan. Yokoyama Sensei will be teaching both body arts and the weapons system espoused by Kato Shihan. He will also show his own personal developments in the Aikido. All affiliations are welcome. Please bring a bokken and jo. For more information call 281-630-0361

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    Power of Bliss

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/09/2018 - 00:20
    Power of Bliss

    She sits in my lap
    The power of bliss
    Pouring through us
    She is my goddess of dawn
    And brings joy beyond belief

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    Don't Forget to Breath!!!

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:13
    Breathing is a very important part of Aikido. Kokyu, or breathing is in every technique, we even have two specific techniques named Kokyu-ho and Kokyu-Nage.

    Check out my vlog on breathing and how it relates to Aikido and life! Click on the thumbnail below:

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    Walking the Path

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 01:03
    Walking the Path

    Walking the path
    I approach the gate
    Passing the gate proved easy
    So, gaining confidence, I continued
    With more faith and more energy
    Till I approached another gate
    With a little more struggle
    I passed this gate too
    Ahead, I see yet another gate
    Ah, each gate is not the gate
    But a gate, one apparently, of many
    But all gates are on the same path
    Each gate is not a barrier to overcome
    But a threshold to leap through
    Offering and gaining new insights
    New meanings, with each passage
    Now, when I approach a new gate
    I pause and thank it for the lesson
    Before passing on through

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    Friendship Seminar - Collings Sensei & Solonyy Sensei 9/22 & 23, 2018

    Aikido News - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:10
    Friendship Seminar - Collings Sensei & Solonyy Sensei 9/22 & 23, 2018
    From: Jason Mallia posted on 29. Aug 2018, 11:10am

    Sep 22-23, 2018: New York Yoshinkan Dojo and Genyukan Dojo are pleased to offer a friendship seminar by Tom Collings, Sensei 6th Dan Aikido Aikikai & Roman Solonyy, Sensei 4th Dan Aikido Yoshinkan. Location: Genyukan Dojo, 101-06 Queens Blvd., 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, NY 11375 For more information and registration, please contact Roman Solonyy Sensei via email: or at (646)229-4649 or visit

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    Sep 22, 2018: Basics Seminar with Erik Calderon in Arlington, TX

    Aikido News - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 21:44
    Sep 22, 2018: Basics Seminar with Erik Calderon in Arlington, TX
    From: Erik Calderon posted on 24. Aug 2018, 08:44pm

    September 22, 2018 Arlington Aikido will be hosting a special Aikido Basics Seminar with Erik Sasha Calderon, 4th dan. After training in Japan, Calderon Sensei moved back to Houston and founded the Dojo ShinKikan. He was instrumental in introducing Kato, Hiroshi Shihan to the Aikido world. The basics seminar will cover Basic Aikido movements, such as front and back rolls, back falls, shikou, basic attacks, basic weapons and kokyu. The seminar is free, and will be accepting donations to cover travel expenses. Please visit Shinkikan Aikido Seminar for more information.

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    The Road to Success is Paved with Failure

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:17
    Learning to fall is one of the first things you learn in Aikido. You can't really learn any techniques until you learn the art of falling without getting hurt.

    I think I read somewhere that O'Sensei said that he used the earth as a weapon. If you throw someone hard enough, the ground will definitely not be friendly.

    I like to match learning ukemi, or falling, to the art of learning to Fail. Failure is something we all have to deal with, and the faster we get back up again, the sooner we will reach success...

    Check out my video blog on The Art of Ukemi:

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    Finding the Right School / Instructor

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 01:30
    I've been doing martial arts since I was 5 years old, on and off until I was 20, when I really dived in head first and started training every day. I've been to countless schools and studied under many different styles and instructors. Watch my YouTube vlog on the three things you need to know in order to find the right school / instructor:

    How to Find a Good Martial Arts Instructor!
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    Randori Hurricane

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:08
    Randori Hurricane

    Don't wait -- initiate
    Move, move, move…
    Don't wait -- initiate
    Move, move, move
    Relax mind and body
    Enter the randori hurricane
    Don't wait, don't wait, don't wait
    Initiate, initiate, initiate
    Move, move, move…!

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    Aug 18, 2018: Keganin No Senshi Aikido Train-the-Trainers Workshop

    Aikido News - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 12:37
    Aug 18, 2018: Keganin No Senshi Aikido Train-the-Trainers Workshop
    From: Frances Welson posted on 29. Jul 2018, 11:37am
    URL: http://

    Keganin No Senshi Aikido (KNSA) Train-the-Trainers workshop in Baltimore on 18 August. This workshop was developed for aikidoka interested in working with veterans. Military service members; veterans and their families; Veterans Administration staff; therapists and counselors; and anyone concerned about or interested in working with veterans are welcome. The workshop is an opportunity to learn about KNSA’s approach to teaching a therapeutic form of Aikido as a resource for veterans living with PTSD. Participants who are interested in applying what they learn will have a chance to practice during mini-classes and to receive feedback from staff and participants. Check link for details.

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    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 00:34

    As uke moves
    I listen to what his body says
    And listen to my own body's reply
    Our conversation ending in a throw

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    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 22:28

    I wrap myself in my spirit threads
    My white garment slowly turning red
    Death approaches without quarrel
    Wrapping itself tighter and tighter
    Till all I can say is Thank you

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    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 07/08/2018 - 20:54

    When I got to the end of the universe
    I found god waiting for me
    Wearing my very own face
    No matter how far I travel
    Or where I travel to
    I find my god/me waiting

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    New Aikido

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 21:31
    New Aikido

    The new Aikido:

    Here, please take my center.

    No, I don't want your center!

    No, take it, I know you want it.

    No, I don't want it!

    Well, I don't want yours either!

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    Smooth Power

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 00:07
    Smooth Power

    The gi was heavy with sweat and scent
    The coarse fabric rough against my skin
    Nage drew me close, very close
    Irimi Nage can be can be so personal
    I mentally commanded my body to relax
    To relax and feel the movement
    When he threw me I felt
    The smooth power and the release
    My ukemi was not so smooth
    One of many things I need to work on

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    Just Dance!

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 22:38
    Just Dance!

    The whole point of dancing is the dance
    No pilgrimage, no sacred journey
    No ultimate destination

    No end point that has to be arrived at
    At a specified time
    Just dance!

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    Mind with Mind

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 00:22
    Mind with Mind

    I try to wash my mind with mind
    Forgetting I am more than thought
    One more concept, piled on top of
    All the other concepts permeating me
    Will not set me free

    I must gather up Nio energy
    Adding that to my arsenal, and
    Fill my body with the sword of
    Wisdom and the rope of discipline
    As a manifestation of Fudo-Myo-o

    Only then is freedom possible

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    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 23:40

    It was post-seminar
    We were all sitting around the bar
    People telling stories:

    You should have seen him!
    When he walked into the dojo
    he had to bow so his head wouldn't
    hit the top of the door frame!

    Maybe he was just bowing cause
    that's what people do when entering
    any dojo
    , someone pointed out

    Hah, you weren't there!
    Was the reply
    (A very common refrain,
    actually, as the night went on)

    When he struck with the bokken or jyo,
    we would all have to wear face protectors
    cause the splinters would fly everywhere!

    That created a big laugh

    His wooden tanto was so sharp
    it actually drew blood!

    Nodding heads all around

    I remember when he touched me
    Another old-timer voiced, I didn't
    know what happened, but I ended up
    on the other side of the dojo!

    Hell, when he just smiled,
    we would all fall down!

    Damn, those were incredible times!

    All the old-timers agreed in unison

    But, now, they all said, this is your
    time. Looking around the table,
    Now, today, is your time. All of us sitting
    here tonight, this is our time together.
    One day, you will be the old ones,
    telling stories, telling tall tales.
    But, for now, here's to the past
    and a great teacher -- Kampai!

    This poem was inspired by an article in Birankai Aikido News,
    by Liese Klein Sensei, quoting some words spoken by George Lyons Sensei,
    at a memorial seminar, on the anniversary of Chiba Sensei's death, at Brooklyn Aikikai.
    Liberties with the original material were certainly taken!
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    Cognard Shihan 8thDan in CA & AZ (June 2018)

    Aikido News - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 23:52
    Cognard Shihan 8thDan in CA & AZ (June 2018)
    From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 4. Jun 2018, 10:52pm

    "Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KAKKHR), in cooperation with "Los Angeles Aiki Kai" & "Arizona Aikido", cordially invites you to a series of June 2018 seminars with André Cognard Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai): Los Angeles, CA (June 16-17 & 27-28), Bakersfield, CA (June 18-19), Santa Ana, CA (June 20-21), San Diego, CA (June 22-24), Irvine, CA (June 25-26), Phoenix, AZ (June 30 & July 1). All levels and affiliations are welcome. Check out the details in the dedicated Website:

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