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Aikikai Hombu Dojo 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions

Aikido News - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 01:52
Aikikai Hombu Dojo 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions
From: Jun Akiyama posted on 13. Jan 2019, 01:52am
URL: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/pdf/suisen/2019.pdf

Aikikai Hombu Dojo has just put out their 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions list. Congratulations to everyone promoted!

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    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Okimura Shigenobu by Christopher Barnett

    Aikido News - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:47
    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Okimura Shigenobu by Christopher Barnett
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 7. Jan 2019, 03:47pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

    A new AikiWeb Column, "It Had to Be Felt #62, Okumura Shigenobu: 'A Truly Inspiring Teacher'" by Christopher Barnett is now available for your reading pleasure!

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    Article: "The Disability Working Group in Action"

    Aikido News - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:42
    Article: "The Disability Working Group in Action"
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 7. Jan 2019, 10:42am
    URL: http://www.aikido-international.org/main-menu-archives/news-archive-2/24-iaf-latest-news/161-the-disability-working-group-in-act

    The International Aikido Federation has posted an article entitled "The Disability Working Group in Action" which highlights Lydia Zijdel (3rd dan, Netherland) and Molly Hale (4th dan, Aikido West), two Aikido teachers who use wheelchairs. From the article: "For the first time, two wheelchair using Aikido teachers taught together in Aikido clinics in Europe. Lydia Zijdel, the Chairperson of the Disability Working Group of the IAF, from Netherland, and Molly Hale, member of the same working group, from USA, organized a tour where they taught together in Netherland. This event was organized in cooperation with Aikikai Netherland, under the aegis of IAF."

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    Staying in Shape is VITAL!

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 18:39
    I've been teaching Aikido for about 20 years now, and I've made it an important point to stay in shape. Teaching means that I don't get to train a full hour or two like my students do and get a really good work out, burn calories, gain strength...all that good stuff that comes with training....maybe that's why so many aikido instructors are overweight!

    So I've put together my own training program with running, pushups, sit ups, pull ups and my favorite Rock Climbing! Sometimes I get super lucky and only one or two students show up for class; then I get to train! I love those days.

    I put together a vlog detailing one of my workouts. Check it out and please subscribe to my youtube channel:

    Click here or on the thumbnail:

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    Jan 4-6 & 11-13, 2019: Kobayashi Ryu Aikido in Los Angeles, CA

    Aikido News - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 17:23
    Jan 4-6 & 11-13, 2019: Kobayashi Ryu Aikido in Los Angeles, CA
    From: Kim T posted on 26. Dec 2018, 05:23pm
    URL: http://https://www.facebook.com/LAAikikai/

    Los Angeles Aiki Kai invites you to an opportunity to experience Kobayashi Ryu Aikido as we host a training with Franck Palazzolo Shihan, 6th Dan KAKKHR/DNBK, of France for the first two weekends in January (Fri-Sun Jan 4-6 & 11-13). LAAK is the home of KAKKHR in the USA, bringing opportunities to learn the teachings of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and André Cognard Hanshi. Please contact (laaikikai@gmail.com) to inquire or for more information. Thank you!

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    Chop Wood, Carry Water

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 00:17
    Chop Wood, Carry Water

    Before enlightenment:
    Chop wood, carry water
    After enlightenment:
    Chop wood, carry water
    No difference….
    But…
    Why bother, then?
    The actions are the same
    But, how you do them
    How you feel about them
    Different?


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    Jan 19, 2019: Aikido Delaware Aikikai & Kiyo Mizu Kai 2019 Kagami Biraki

    Aikido News - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 20:46
    Jan 19, 2019: Aikido Delaware Aikikai & Kiyo Mizu Kai 2019 Kagami Biraki
    From: Birte Feld posted on 17. Dec 2018, 08:46pm
    URL: http://aikidoda.org/dojo_2019.html

    Aikido Delaware Aikikai and Kiyo Mizu Kai cordially invite you to join in our annual New Year’s event; our Kagami Biraki and Shinnenkai Celebration! Experience this traditional Japanese “Unveiling of the Mirror” ceremony as a rededication of ourselves to become true to the spirit of Aikido in the New Year. Everyone is welcome to participate in making Mochi (traditional Japanese rice cakes), followed by the Kagami Biraki Ceremony, which is led by WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan. Then enjoy the ‘Skinship’ with an Aikido class, observe various Budo demonstrations with children and adults, and partake in brief refreshments at our Dojo. Adults: $25, Aikido Kids: free. All are welcome! Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Drive, Ste. A, Newark, DE 19713 When: Saturday, January 19th 9.00 am to 2.00 pm For more information visit www.AikidoDA.org or call 302-369-AIKI (2454).

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    Water

    Aikido Blogs - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:53
    Water

    I find that when I try to grasp water
    It turns out to be an exercise in futility
    But, my hand still gets wet


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    How to Become a World Class Aikidoka!

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:36
    So, you think you need natural ability or talent to get good at Aikido.....think again! Geoff Colvin wrote a book called, "Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else."

    It's a great read and very inspiring, well, to a certain degree...don't think it's easy to become great. There are two main ingredients to becoming great and two things that are going to help you get there.

    Watch my vlog to learn more about what you need to become a world class Aikidoka!

    click on the thumbnail below, or you can click on this text....
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    NHK Aikido Documentary (until Dec 13, 2018)

    Aikido News - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 21:05
    NHK Aikido Documentary (until Dec 13, 2018)
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 1. Dec 2018, 09:05pm
    URL: http://https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/jarena/2073021/

    Here is an online streaming 30-minute video documentary on Aikido from NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, featuring footage of Moriteru Ueshiba and others. (The documentary is only available through December 13, 2018.)

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    Kupuna Aikido Hawaii: "Practicing a Fall to Prevent Injury"

    Aikido News - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 13:27
    Kupuna Aikido Hawaii: "Practicing a Fall to Prevent Injury"
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 24. Nov 2018, 01:27pm
    URL: http://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/kupuna-life/practicing-a-fall-to-prevent-injury/1580030785?fbclid=IwAR359MTME8b466-jhp4Md2g

    Here is a news segment titled "Practicing a Fall to Prevent Injury" about Kupuna Aikido in Hawaii which offers classes to teach people how to fall safely. From the article: "Every year, millions of people 65 and older fall, according to the CDC, and three-million of them go to the emergency room. You probably wouldn't think that martial arts could be the answer, because while you can't plan for a fall, you can practice for it. Kupuna are falling left and right in this class by the non-profit Kupuna Aikido Hawai'i."

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    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy (December 1-2 2018)

    Aikido News - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 13:27
    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy (December 1-2 2018)
    From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 24. Nov 2018, 01:27pm
    URL: http://www.aactg.it/component/content/article/11-aactg/annunci/534-stage-a-venezia-di-cognard-hanshi

    "Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KAKKHR) and "Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) cordially invite you to the Aikido Seminar that André Cognard Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) will conduct in Venice, Italy, on December 1-2 2018. All levels and affiliations are welcome. Check out the details and download the flyer (available in Italian, English, and French) in the dedicated webpage

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    AikiWeb Columns from Peter Goldsbury and "It Had to be Felt"

    Aikido News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:34
    AikiWeb Columns from Peter Goldsbury and "It Had to be Felt"
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 11. Nov 2018, 05:34pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

    Two new AikiWeb Columns are now availale for your reading pleasure: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 28 (Part Two) from Peter Goldsbury. It Had to Be Felt #61: Christian Tissier: "The Role Model" from Guillaume Erard. The complete collection of AikiWeb Columns may be viewed by clicking here.

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    Fall Friendship Seminar - 11/10 - 11/2018

    Aikido News - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:27
    Fall Friendship Seminar - 11/10 - 11/2018
    From: Jason Mallia posted on 25. Oct 2018, 12:27pm
    URL: http://www.aikidocenters.com

    Please join Hans Goto 7th Dan, Greg O'Connor 7th Dan and Tom Collings 6th Dan for the Fall Friendship Seminar. November 10 at Aikido Centers of New Jersey 38 Station Rd, Sparta, NJ 917-853-4325 AM:10-Noon and PM:2-4 (Mat Fee $80). On November 11 Hans Goto will be at Integrated Peace Arts 305 Central Ave. Suite 2, White Plains, NY 914-648-0492 9 AM - Noon (Mat Fee $50).

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    Toshiharu Sawada 7dan in San Jose, CA Oct 27-28, 2018

    Aikido News - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:27
    Toshiharu Sawada 7dan in San Jose, CA Oct 27-28, 2018
    From: Eric Norige posted on 25. Oct 2018, 12:27pm
    URL: http://www.kimoridojo.com/events/

    Kimori Dojo SVB is pleased to invite the larger California Aikido community to join us training with Toshiharu Sawada at DeAnza College, San Jose, CA on Oct 27-28. Sawada Toshiharu shihan, 7th dan, began his Aikido training in 1965 after entering university. He trained under the guidance of Kazuo Chiba shihan, Norihiko Ichihashi shihan and Norihiko Watanabe shihan. Aikido Kimori Dojo was established on the 20th of January 2002 in Nagoya, Japan. Sawada shihan deeply draws from weapons training to improve body arts, so bring jo and bokken. All affiliations and levels welcome. Full seminar is $125, one day registration is $75. Email kimoridojo@gmail.com or go to kimoridojo.com/events for more information.

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    Nov 10-11, 2018: WAAI Thanksgiving Aikido Seminar in Newark, DE

    Aikido News - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:27
    Nov 10-11, 2018: WAAI Thanksgiving Aikido Seminar in Newark, DE
    From: Birte Feld posted on 25. Oct 2018, 12:27pm
    URL: http://www.AikidoDA.org

    World Aikido Aikikai Inc. and the members of its headquarters at Aikido Delaware Aikikai will be celebrating the fall season and the gift of Aikido with their 2018 Thanksgiving Seminar! Please join us for 1.5 days of Aikido training led by WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan. Students and visitors are invited to Embrace Peace and enjoy the essence of O'Sensei's teachings through "skinship" classes, laughter, and a bountiful Thanksgiving potluck feast. ADA will proudly host WAAI yudansha testing for qualified candidates to demonstrate their sincere efforts and dedication to learning O'Sensei's Aikido. Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Dr, Ste A, Newark, DE 19713 When: Sat, Nov 10 @ 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (followed by potluck dinner) & Sun, Nov 11 @ 9.00 to 11.30 am Adults: $80 (includes lunch and dinner on Saturday), Aikido Kids: free on Sat 11am to 12pm. All are welcome! For more information visit www.AikidoDA.org or call 302-369-AIKI.

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    Ikkyo - The First Principle

    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:18
    While in Japan, I learned a lot about the philosophy of Aikido. I learned some of the meanings behind the techniques, for example, Ikkyo. Ikkyo translate into first principle, but what does that mean?

    The first principle, or foundation, to learning aikido is physical. That means that you need to exercise, you need to watch what you eat and drink, you need to take care of your body. As we age, we grow in strength, as long as we're sticking to a good routine and good habits!

    Click on the thumbnail to check out my latest vlog on Ikkyo:

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