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Mary Heiny in Brattleboro Oct. 18,19,20 2019

Aikido News - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 11:15
Mary Heiny in Brattleboro Oct. 18,19,20 2019
From: Don Hebert posted on 2. Sep 2019, 10:15am
URL: http://rvaikido.org/2019/09/02/mary-heiny-sensei-october-2019/

River Valley Aikido Club. 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. Anyone wishing to both broaden and deepen their Aikido practice should consider attending this seminar. Private Lessons are available by arrangement. Contact Mary Heiny directly at shinkokyu@maryheiny.com. Weekend fee is $130 or $40/class. DonHebert@dawningbear.net

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    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Seiichi Sugano by Brian Ericksen

    Aikido News - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 21:15
    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Seiichi Sugano by Brian Ericksen
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 24. Aug 2019, 08:15pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25687

    A new AikiWeb Column, "It Had to Be Felt #63, Sugano Seiichi: 'Alive Ukemi/Dead Ukemi'" by Brian Ericksen is now available for your reading pleasure. Do you have experience receiving ukemi from Sugano sensei? If so, please write about it in the thread above!

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    Watanabe Nobuyuki Passes Away

    Aikido News - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 10:23
    Watanabe Nobuyuki Passes Away
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 23. Aug 2019, 09:23am
    URL: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/eng/about/information/detail.html?news_id=260

    I have just been informed that Watanabe Nobuyuki (8th dan, Aikikai Hombu Dojo) passed away at the age of 89 years old on August 20, 2019. Watanabe started aikido at age 22 in 1952 before becoming uchideshi at Aikikai Hombu Dojo. He was known for his "no touch" aikido techniques demonstrated at the All Japan Aikido Demonstration (video here). Watanabe was featured in AikiWeb's "It Had to Be Felt" column series with an essay by Ellis Amdur (available here). My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

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    Injury frustration comes good

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 06:29
    So more rambling nonsense thoughts.

    I started this blog with the intention of filling it and look where that got me. Not very far.

    So I recently had a very minor injury of a torn ligament at the end of one of my fingers, no big deal rest it up and it will be fine. Oh no splint for 4 weeks to keep it straight and then no contact sports for 2 more weeks or it might end up in the splint again or bent for life. My job is in healthcare of eyes so I have to be pretty dexterous and can’t afford to lose that.

    So here we are 4 weeks of hell is over and the splint is off and I can finally do things again! But not aikido. It is driving me some what insane. I am practising weapons at home and trying foot work drills and some Qi gong but it’s not the same as being on the mats. I have missed our weekly summer school of training. Felt very frustrated and angry at the unfairness of it all.

    It is however what it is and once I have come through it with the help and support of my aikido family I have come to realise that there can be more to training than the physical act of training and as such I have tried to begin the journey of mental and spiritual training with aikido. I began reading more, listening to more podcasts and generally reflecting more on my thoughts and attitude to aikido, those I train with and myself. I ha e no real firm thoughts or conclusions yet and doubt I ever will as things are always in flux, but I will try to broaden how and what I study, and try to record here thoughts as they occur to me.

    If you happen to have read this, firstly sorry for wasting your time. Secondly happy training.
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    Sep 20-22, 2019: Shirakawa, Ryuji 6th Dan in Calgary, Canada

    Aikido News - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:35
    Sep 20-22, 2019: Shirakawa, Ryuji 6th Dan in Calgary, Canada
    From: Andrew James Barron posted on 12. Aug 2019, 11:35am
    URL: http://calgaryaikikai.com/shirakawa2019/

    Shirakawa Ryuji Sensei was born in 1980. In 1995, at the age of 15, he commenced his Aikido training under his father Shirakawa Katsutoshi Shihan 7th Dan. Ryuji Sensei was recently awarded his 6th Dan and the title of Shihan and continues to teach full time at two principal dojos in Sendai, Myagi Prefecture as well as in a number of satellite dojos in the surrounding countryside. Ryuji can be seen demonstrating his style on YouTube in many All-Japan Aikido Demonstrations as well as representing Japan at the World Combat Games. He is known for his flowing and clean aikido style as well as being an excellent instructor.

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    50 Years Swiss Aikikai (ACSA), Sep 13-15, 2019

    Aikido News - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 17:02
    50 Years Swiss Aikikai (ACSA), Sep 13-15, 2019
    From: Milena posted on 11. Aug 2019, 04:02pm
    URL: https://www.aikikai.ch/de/aktuelles/meldungen/50th-Anniversary-Celebration.php

    The Swiss Aikikai (ACSA) celebrates this 13.-15. September 2019 in St.Gallen, Switzerland, the anniversary. We are honored that Hombu Dojo-cho Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Asai Shihan, Tissier Shihan, Sugawara Shihan and a lot of other high ranked Sensei will teach us in this 3 days! There will be as well a special event for the children & youth! It will be possible to sleep in the dojo. We look forward to meet you on the tatamis! Everybody is welcome! There are waiting over 1400 square meters for you!

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    San Diego, CA: Aikido Shimbokukai Instructors Intensive, Sep 21-22, 2019

    Aikido News - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 17:02
    San Diego, CA: Aikido Shimbokukai Instructors Intensive, Sep 21-22, 2019
    From: Lisa Tomoleoni posted on 11. Aug 2019, 04:02pm
    URL: http://https://www.aikidoshimbokukai.org/instructors-intensive-2019.html

    Join us for our annual Instructors Intensive, to be held at Jiai Aikido in San Diego. Open to all affiliations and lineages, and all ranks. People who are currently instructing as well as those with a desire to do so are welcome. Topics to be covered: Business Management Marketing First Aid for the Dojo Seminar Organization Japanese for the Dojo Children and Youth Program Structure Hope to see you there!

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    3 Things to Expect as a Beginner in Aikido

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:37
    Just finished uploading my latest vlog to YouTube. It's about the 3 things you can expect as a beginner in Aikido.

    Click Here and Please take a look, comment, share and subscribe to my channel!


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    Sep 6-8, 2019: Seminar with Doshu in San Mateo, CA

    Aikido News - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:32
    Sep 6-8, 2019: Seminar with Doshu in San Mateo, CA
    From: Peter Ralls posted on 14. Jun 2019, 08:32am
    URL: http://ai-ki-do.org/doshu-2119

    Doshu Ueshiba Moriteru will be teaching a seminar September 6-8, 2019, at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, California. For more information go to ai-ki-do.org/Doshu-2019

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    Aikikai Malta Gradings

    Aikido News - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:32
    Aikikai Malta Gradings
    From: Kevin Bonanno posted on 14. Jun 2019, 08:32am
    URL: http://www.aikidomalta.net

    The first Maltese Aikidoka being examined and promoted in Malta to Nidan and Sandan are Claude Calleja and Kevin Bonanno respectively. The gradings were conducted by Satomi Hakkenkai, Tokyo, Chief Instructor Jun Nomoto Shihan (7th Dan) on behalf of the Aikikai Foundation. The gradings were held at Aikikai Malta, the new established Aikido school recently authorised by Aikikai Foundation.

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    June 15-16, 2019: Pat Guerri Sensei in Louveciennes, France

    Aikido News - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:32
    June 15-16, 2019: Pat Guerri Sensei in Louveciennes, France
    From: Ron Tisdale posted on 14. Jun 2019, 08:32am
    URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/424455464796877/

    Patricia Guerri Sensei, Uchi-deshi (élève à demeure) pendant plusieurs années à Iwama au Japon dans le dojo d’O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, Fondateur de l’Aikido. Diplomée par Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9ème Dan, des 5 Mokuroku traditionnels (certificats Japonais attestant de la connaissance de l’AikiKen, Aiki-Jo & Bukiwaza autorisant à les enseigner) décernés en 1991. Diplômée d’état Aiki-ken, Aiki-jo. Médaille de bronze du Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports pour son enseignement professionnel.

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    Aikikai Malta First Seminar

    Aikido News - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:32
    Aikikai Malta First Seminar
    From: Kevin Bonanno posted on 14. Jun 2019, 08:32am
    URL: http://www.aikidomalta.net

    Aikikai Malta is organising a seminar with the participation of a Japanese delegation from Tokyo lead by Jun Nomoto Shihan, the Aikikai Director for Aikikai Malta. During the seminar there will be a demonstration and commemoration ceremony for the founding of Aikikai Malta being authorised by Aikikai Foundation in 2018.

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    beginners mindset

    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:50
    Recently I had the honour to help out 2 training partners to obtain an official teaching certificate from one of our national organisations.

    Now I don't have a special love for organisations. To me it seems they often don't contribute a lot and have a tendency to grow into institutions that mainly seem to hold people back and limit what one is doing. Just the sheer amount of organisations is already a sign of something fishy going on. Why does Aikido have the reputation of being the martial art with almost more organisations than dojos?

    As for teaching, I do see the benefits of having a program where aikidoka learn how to teach. Having some kind of obstacle preventing just everybody from teaching is not a bad thing. Shifting the perspective of what you are doing is also very important and can contribute to further growth and development.

    Having said that, I do think there are several major pitfalls when people become teachers. The first and obvious one is that they lose Shoshin, the mindset that is open, eager and free of preconceptions wants to learn. In most people's training shoshin is under constant attack. Simply they idea of already knowing a technique closes the door to further learning and development.
    A teacher should not lose shoshin. A teacher should pull open the closed doors in the mind of his students. Always, whether they are nage or uke.

    How can organisations contribute to the development of Shoshin?

    Erik doesn't matter.
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    Tea Time After Aikido

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 02:04
    Tea Time After Aikido

    After Aikido class
    We all go to a coffee shop
    (Some have tea!)
    We are mostly too old to
    Care to go to a bar…
    And, sweat cooling
    We all discuss the class
    Techniques, successes, failures
    General pain and suffering
    And then usually move
    On to other subjects
    (Religion, Politics, War, Logic,
    Math, Science, Stupidity, etc.
    all the common ailments
    of Humankind)
    A long-time class tradition
    An open invitation
    Sometimes outsiders join us
    Old café denizens creeping out
    Of the dark recesses of the coffee shop
    Drawn to our charisma!
    Calling us Sensei, Ninja Master…-
    Who are we to disabuse them
    And crush their souls?
    But, then, Joseph starts talking
    And we are all brought down to Earth
    Still, we miss him when
    He is gone and like him
    So, we smile and nod our heads
    (Sometimes slapping his)
    And let the Aikido universe spin on
    With cup o'tea in hand

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    Wandering

    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:36
    Wandering

    I exist in a world that
    Is not as it seems
    It is so easy to get lost
    Wandering
    I long to see past the illusion
    Past misleading thoughts
    I seek the hidden principles
    The true reality behind it all
    To find my true self
    And finally become conscious
    I fart and stand up, stretching
    From my lotus position
    Am I conscious, yet?
    How would I know?




    The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief
    that one is already conscious.

    ~ P.D. Ouspensky
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    Conversing In Silence

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 00:46
    Conversing In Silence

    How many times are you going
    to read all this stuff?
    I mean, you always read stuff.
    When does it end?
    Are you that much smarter, now?

    Well, I could say it is a process.
    I am ignorant.
    I am trying to learn how to BE
    So, I read and read.
    I study.

    Yeah, I get that.
    But, when does it end?

    Think of it as a ladder, or,
    if you are older, like me, an escalator.
    One day I will no longer need to climb.
    I will just sit
    Just sit and be still
    Bypassing all the learning
    Bypassing all the processes
    Actually trying to unlearn all my learning
    To be unwise, as it were
    And, BE there -- actually, be HERE

    That's it?
    That's what all this is about?

    Well, yes and no.

    What?!
    Don't give me that mystical mumbo-jumbo.

    I'm not trying to, but it's hard to explain.
    Being-in-the-world is just the beginning.

    To what?

    Well, I'm sure when I reach that place
    I will not have the words to explain it.

    But, but….

    Exactly…
    Perhaps then, we both could just sit
    and converse in silence, and be unwise
    together


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