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It Had To Be Felt #73: Isoyama Toshihiro

Aikido News - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 18:53
It Had To Be Felt #73: Isoyama Toshihiro
From: Jun Akiyama posted on 9. May 2021, 05:53pm
URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25859

The latest "It Had to Be Felt" essay is now available for your reading pleasure, this time on Ishoyama Toshihiro of the Iwama dojo. This essay was written by Carl Thompson. From the essay: "My first impression of him was that he was far too powerful for his size. He was reasonably well built, but there was a clear disparity between his frame, and the strength coming out of it. He would grab me so strongly that I couldn't budge, and in the beginning, I wondered if he was being a bit mean. I noticed his wrists had thick cuffs of hair. He said it was from being grabbed so hard for so many years, and joked that he wished he'd had people grabbing his hairline too."

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    #MeTooAikido Website & Facebook Page Launch

    Aikido News - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 07:57
    #MeTooAikido Website & Facebook Page Launch
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 28. Apr 2021, 06:57am
    URL: https://www.metooaikido.com

    C/w: Sexual harassment and assault. I wanted to highlight the website www.MeTooAikido.com and the Facebook page MeTooAikido, both of which “bring awareness to all aikido practitioners about sexual harassment and assault. Find resources for survivors as well as dojo instructors, owners and organizations. Abuse in dojos affects all of us.” The website also contains an Aikido practitioner's sexual assault survivor’s story and a place to pledge your and your dojo/organizations support for the movement, as well as resources for survivors and support for Aikido dojo to create safer spaces. Please take a look, support, and sign the pledge. Thank you.

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    Aikizen: Spiritual Aikido

    Aikido News - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 07:56
    Aikizen: Spiritual Aikido
    From: Ralph Pettman posted on 28. Apr 2021, 06:56am
    URL: https://www.amazon.com/Aikizen-Spiritual-Aikido-Ralph-Pettman-ebook/dp/B09176XPPS

    I recently published a booklet entitled "Aikizen: Spiritual Aikido". In it I detail the erosion of the spiritual foundation to Aikido, and I posit its reconstruction using the moving version of a meditative modality called Aikizen. --Ralph Pettman

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    British Aikido History

    Aikido News - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 07:56
    British Aikido History
    From: Henry Ellis posted on 28. Apr 2021, 06:56am
    URL: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Aikido-History-pioneers-Kenshiro/dp/B08Y49S8TR

    The book `British Aikido History` The story of two pioneers from the Kenshiro Abbe Era 1950s - The book, published by Amazon on the 7th March 2021 - Many old photos - stories - anecdotes to give the reader a taste of those early days. The B/W version is £6-35p also available a colour version at £27-00. please visit Amazon Aikido Books, see top of books image [Look inside ] see a free preview. Regards Henry Ellis Co-author " British Aikido History".

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    Donovan Waite Sensei Passes Away

    Aikido News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 15:21
    Donovan Waite Sensei Passes Away
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 22. Feb 2021, 03:21pm

    I have just been informed that Donovan Waite (7th dan, Aikido Institute of Philadelphia) has passed away, The United States Aikido Federation has posted onto Facebook, "We were notified of this tragic news today and at this time, we have no other information to share. Our hearts go out to his family, students, and friends throughout the world. There are no words to express the depth of this loss to the aikido community. We will always hold him in our hearts and in our practice." Waite started aikido in 1969 and received his shodan at age 14 and served as uchideshi to Yoshimitsu Yamada at the New York Aikikai for over 10 years. My condolences go out to his friends, family, students, and loved ones.

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