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
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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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    Supreme Practice

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 00:52
    Supreme Practice

    Daily life is my shugyo
    My supreme practice method
    Every moment of every day
    Everything and everyone
    Becomes my dojo, my sensei
    My ultimate training hall
    Where I grapple and strive
    Engaging all in my quest
    My practiceless practice
    Showing me the way

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    Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Sept. 21-23 2018

    Aikido News - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 15:23
    Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Sept. 21-23 2018
    From: Andrew James Barron posted on 28. May 2018, 02:23pm

    Calgary Aikikai is excited and looking forward to training with 6th Dan Ryuji Shirakawa Shihan of Sendai, Japan this September. This is the only seminar he will be conducting in North America and should not to be missed. All are welcome to come train with this dynamic and energetic Sensei. Info at :

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    Wabi-Sabi Time

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 04:27
    Wabi-Sabi Time

    I thought she was the most beautiful
    Creature on the whole planet
    She replied that I had wabi-sabi looks, i.e.
    Imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete
    Seeing the expression on my face
    She further said that this was a good thing
    That all inessentials had been eliminated
    All excesses trimmed and pared away
    Leaving behind only the real
    Such that it only grows stronger with time
    So I took her down off her pedestal
    And, hand in hand, walked with her
    Through transient, wabi-sabi time
    Loving each and every flawed moment
    Of our transitory time together

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    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:37

    I think big, deep thoughts
    That get me nowhere
    I think small, personal thoughts
    That just results in pain
    If I try not to think
    I drive my car into people
    So, I sit and watch TV
    I go to the movies
    I try to wash my brain clean
    Clean of any thoughts
    Like a constant flash flood
    Scouring the land of all debris
    Thoughts swept away, away
    When it works, it doesn't last
    Thoughts -- my strength, my weakness
    I sit and think
    Thinking of thoughts

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    Shihan Ruriko Masutani Passes Away

    Aikido News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:30
    Shihan Ruriko Masutani Passes Away
    From: Matthew Streiff posted on 16. May 2018, 01:30pm

    Sad news that Shihan Ruriko "June" (Masutani) Harris, of Springdale, PA, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Also known as Ruriko Masutani, June was the beloved friend of Nigel Beckford, Matt Streiff, Alan Pelton, Skip Fox, Bob Intrieri, Martin Pachol, Greg Yakich, Barbara Brandom, Will Graves, Jim Weldon; step-mother of Darla Liston and family. June was the proud founder and executive director of Aikido of Pittsburgh. Shihan Ruriko Masutani founded Aikido of Pittsburgh in 1968 after she emigrated from Japan as a Christian exchange student. Born in Himeji, Japan, Shihan Masutani began practicing Aikido as a child in the early 1950’s under the guidance of her father. After moving to the United States and finally settling in Pittsburgh, Shihan Masutani continued training and began teaching seminars up and down the east coast. She taught Aikido in Pittsburgh for over 48 years. Along the way she has made many friends and taught thousands of students. In Pittsburgh she opened dojos in East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, Fox Chapel and finally Etna. June had a special way with people, students, teachers, people on the street, nurses and caregivers… she was always known and always loved by those she touched. Her journey in life has had Aikido and martial arts threaded throughout. From her early years as part of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) then a member of the Aikido of Ueshiba association and her later years as an independent instructor, Masutani Sensei always sought to give her students and friends the best, regardless of affiliations and associations. June was always a very independent person. Austere in many ways, she cut away frivolousness and got to the heart of training or relationships. She built a community in the Aikido and martial arts world that has a lasting legacy in those that she taught. She will be missed but will forever be remembered. Celebrate June’s life with her friends at a memorial service on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 2 PM at Aikido of Pittsburgh, 401 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15223. Arrangements made by Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 923 Saxonburg. In addition to the memorial service on Sunday June 3rd, the senior instructors of Aikido of Pittsburgh will hold a memorial Aikido seminar in her honor later in 2018. The burial will take place after that seminar. Please check the Aikido of Pittsburgh website,, or our Facebook page for more details on the seminar and burial date.

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    Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan, 1-3rd June 2018

    Aikido News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:30
    Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan, 1-3rd June 2018
    From: Scott Reed posted on 16. May 2018, 01:30pm

    Toshiro Suga began aikido in 1968 at Hombu Dojo and moved to France in 1971. He was a senior student of Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei and gives seminars all over the world. Please join us for his annual course in Edinburgh, Scotland!

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    Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar - May 25-27, 2018

    Aikido News - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:56
    Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar - May 25-27, 2018
    From: Andrew Manby posted on 7. May 2018, 08:56am

    Join us for the second Kanai Sensei seminar over the Memorial Day holiday weekend - an all-star lineup of senior instructors, fun activities, and affordable prices. It will have a retro feeling recalling Kanai Sensei and the early days of Aikido. Robert Zimmermann - 7th Dan, Shihan; David Farrell - 7th Dan, Shihan; David Halprin - 7th Dan, Shihan; Barbara Britton - 6th Dan, Shihan; Fiona Blyth - 5th Dan, Shidoin ... And other instructors to be announced. #KanaiSeminar2018

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    Zazen Wave

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 19:27
    Zazen Wave

    From a row of seated figures
    Unmoving, except for their breathing -
    Even the chanting has been silenced

    I sense a zazen wave moving through the room
    A cascade of a unity of beings and commitment
    Energized by common intent and purpose

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