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Presenting Aikido on the Global Stage: The World Martial Arts Masterships in Korea

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In our fast-paced, highly connected era, many sports have to deal with an increasingly stiff competition for the time and attention of the Homo technologicus from less physical kinds of activities. Perhaps due to its philosophy and particular nature of its practice, Aikido occupies a rather special place within the range of those physical activities, and it has been reported on a number of occasions that it is one of the disciplines that is struggling the most to stay relevant in today’s society, especially when it comes to its attractiveness towards the youths. Indeed, Aikido being a mostly non-competitive, individual sport that targets a very wide range of population in terms of age and physical aptitude, it may well suffer from the very shortcomings of its virtues.

Why Represent Aikido in a Sports Environment?

Christian Tissier told me once that people who chose to practice “traditional” disciplines like budo, and perhaps Aikido in particular, tend to display degrees of conservatism. I certainly fall within that category and my decision to relocate to Japan in order to study budo in its native environment is a likely indicator of that, and perhaps even more the fact that I still live and train there ten years later, having effectively acclimated to the rigid nature of Japanese society. Unsurprisingly, for a long time, I have held rather strict beliefs as to what “traditional” Aikido was supposed to be. For instance, the sheer idea of incorporating Aikido within a sports federation, like they do it in France, or the fact that Aikido could take part in events such as the very awkwardly coined “World Combat Games” really rubbed me the wrong way. I lamented the “sportification” of Aikido away from its “true” budo roots.

“One of the defining characteristics of budo is precisely their ability to morph and fit the times and contexts in which they are practiced.”

As I learned about Japanese language and culture on the one hand, and about Aikido history on the other hand, I became familiar with the concept of “invented tradition” and more importantly, I understood that one of the defining characteristics of budo (new and old) is precisely their ability to morph and fit the times and contexts in which they are practiced. It is perhaps even more true for Aikido, since it can be argued that its founder, Ueshiba Morihei, was all but a traditionalist. The same can probably be said of Ueshiba’s own teacher, Takeda Sokaku, since both Aikido and Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu function in ways that are pretty distinct from that of more “traditional” schools. While both Daito-ryu and Aikido aim for the betterment of human beings1 and the promotion of harmonious relationships2, I have recently concluded that Aikido’s specificity resides in its attempt to make this message universal3, when Daito-ryu’s considerations remain largely ethnocentric.

Aikido was formulated by Morihei and his son Kisshomaru to be spread worldwide, and for this to effectively happen, it would have to be actively promoted. Just think of the outrage that the first public Aikido demonstrations in 1956 — in a shopping center of all places — might have caused among the more traditionalists of Morihei’s students! Moreover, to some extent, Aikido would have to be adapted to the needs of the different societies in which it would be implanted. The result is perhaps no more visible than in the very wide range of interpretations that we have of the discipline nowadays. More than a negative byproduct (or a devolution) though, I believe that the Japanese headquarters expected that this would have to occur, and they anticipated it. Therefore, all that the teachers they dispatched had to do was to carefully walk the fine line of flexibility while making sure not to abandon any of Aikido’s core principles and message.

Based on this understanding, I started to look a little more closely at the current efforts that were being made to promote Aikido on a global scale, and especially the initiatives undertaken by the International Aikido Federation (IAF), which is basically the international arm of the Aikikai Foundation. I had numerous discussions with the IAF’s former and present chairman, Peter Goldsbury and Kei Izawa, respectively, who are both prominent specialists of Aikido history, as well as with Christian Tissier Shihan, who has been extremely successful in spreading Aikikai Aikido within France and beyond. For some time, I just could not fathom why people of such status and experience, all having spent substantial periods of time in Japan, would compromise themselves and Aikido within sporting entities, let alone with the benediction of the successive generations of Doshu. In time though, I started to come to terms with the fact that if the goal was to spread what we consider a wonderful discipline, some coordinated efforts and a collaboration on a larger scale would be necessary.

Through my various collaborations with the IAF, I saw how Aikido was offered the opportunity to be represented on the world stage during major sporting events. While Aikido is definitely a physical activity, a number of people have emitted reserves in seeing it featured in events that contained elements of competition, and I can certainly understand that. The important point though is precisely that sport, though often competitive, does not by definition have to rely on competition. In that sense, I feel that Aikido has a role to play in maintaining that diversity in people’s mind.

“Just think of the outrage that the first public Aikido demonstrations in 1956 — in a shopping center of all places — might have caused among the more traditionalists of Morihei’s students!”

I also think that we must be realistic; if we aim to make the general population aware of Aikido’s existence and spread its ideals, I do not think that we can afford the empty-chair policy. Koryu have gone down that route and we can all see what is happening in terms of interest, but sadly also quality4. But what about participating in events, cultural or otherwise, that would be more in line with Aikido’s ideals? If such a thing existed and if it held as far reaching a potential as that of sporting events, then there wouldn’t be a need for consciousness-raising about what makes Aikido special, would there? Consequently, due to its specificity, Aikido is probably bound to remain a square peg in a round hole for some time.

A Report on the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships

I was recently asked by the IAF if I would be willing to join its team of experts to present Aikido in Korea during the 2019 World Martial Arts Masterships. Upon reflecting on the points mentioned above, I decided to accept, and arrangements were soon made for my participation, though I must confess that I did not know much about the event itself before I became involved. I was told that it was to be the second event of its kind, the first one having been held in 2016. It would host tournaments, international conferences and symposiums, and cultural performances, and it was meant to be one of the most important martial arts gathering in the world, its organizers going as far as coining it a “mega event”. Perhaps to further reinforce its international ambitions, the person who was appointed as Honorary President of the 2019 event was Ban Ki-moon, the former General Secretary of the United Nation, who is also happened to be a native of Chungju.

Ban Ki-Moon giving a welcome speech as the Honorary President of the 2019 Chungju World Martial Art Masterships [photo by Kei Izawa].Looking into the documentation I received, I found out that this particular edition was to welcome 4,000 athletes from 100 countries in order to represent 20 disciplines. As a member of the Global Association of International Sports Federations, the IAF was invited to send some of its representatives to perform demonstrations and take part in a special seminar placed under the direction of one of the IAF senior council members, Christian Tissier Shihan from France. The rest of the delegation would be composed of 35 males and females from 16 countries, ranked from 2nd to 7th Dan, and selected by their respective federations.

The IAF officials and technicians participating in the event [photo by Irina Gaspar].So just a few days after returning from an extensive teaching tour of Europe, I was in the plane once again. I was greeted at Gimpo International Airport by one of the officials from the World Martial Arts Masterships Committee, which is the governing body of the event. He told me he was here to pick up two people from Japan, myself and an Indonesian lady who is a very active promoter of Penchak Silat in Tokyo. Needless to say that she was as surprised as I was when she realized that the Aikido expert who also flew from Japan was indeed not a Japanese, but a Frenchman! We took a picture with our host in front of the event’s banner and joked that the two of us already constituted a pretty representative sample of cross-cultural relations being established through martial arts!

Bohun Recreation Center, our accommodation for the weekend.

I was driven to the Bohun Recreation Center, where the group of Aikidoka would share the facilities over the weekend with practitioners of Yongmudo, which is a mixed martial arts system formulated in the late 90’s by a group of Korean academics. Rooms were allocated on the spot and the afternoon was the opportunity to reunite with old friends, as well as making new ones. For the evening, the Korea Aikido Federation had organized a welcome party at a nearby hotel. The officers of the Korean federation would actually interface between us and the organizers throughout the weekend and they spared no effort to make us feel at ease in spite of the language barrier. I must take a moment to particularly thank Nak Joon Yoon, the director of the Korea Aikido Federation, who was there pretty much full time to support us, as well as Sung Juhwan, who did most of the translation into English.

Sung Juhwan translating for Christian Tissier [photo by Sorin Toma].For me, the event carried deeper meaning because as a resident of Japan, I had recently witnessed the relations between Japan and Korea deteriorate at a rather concerning pace. Yet, I was there to represent a Japanese cultural tradition, in a country that is historically extremely reluctant towards anything Japanese. On that subject, the words of IAF Chairman Kei Izawa during the welcome party speech hit a chord when he said the following to the assembly:

You are going to be representing Aikido during demonstrations and a seminar. Please also take this opportunity to support and offer guidance to fellow Korean practitioners, for their position as enthusiasts of a Japanese tradition is not an easy one to uphold right now.
Kei Izawa – International Aikido Chairman, opening party speech.

This reminded me of the event’s official slogan that I had read earlier on a pamphlet, and which roughly translates as “Connecting the World beyond the times”. How incredibly relevant! I do not think that anyone can argue that and art like Aikido does not have its place in such a context.

Kei Izawa giving his welcome speech [photo by Irina Gaspar].The next day, we all woke up early in order to start rehearsing for the demonstration in the recreation center’s dojo. We were joined by the team of officials from the IAF, led by Kei Izawa, general secretary Wilko Vriesman, and directing committee member Dorin Marchis. Christian Tissier was also present to provide guidance and feedback on technical matters. The demonstration program would be articulated into six parts: the opening demonstration would be ensured by a large number of practitioners from the Korea Aikido Federation under the direction of its president, Daehyun Yoon, and then, representatives of the IAF would demonstrate basic, advanced, and weapons techniques, followed by individual demonstrations by experts, and finally, Christian Tissier.

Daehyun Yoon, the technical director of the Korean federation, demonstrating with his students [photo by Irina Gaspar].The first thing we needed to work out was: who would demonstrate what, and with which uke. It was decided that I would take ukemi in two sessions, and demonstrate both within the advanced techniques and expert panels. Interestingly, some of Aikido’s principles were to be found in a rather unexpected place when the question of selecting uke arose. Many of us had no idea who we would end up being paired with!

Working out the demonstration teams with Christian Tissier and Dorin Marchis [photo by Irina Gaspar].Though I knew one of my uke, I was also asked to work with Anne-Claire Versailles from Belgium, Iulian Perpelici from Romania, with whom I had never practiced before. Given the extensiveness of the program and the little time we had to prepare, we actually got very limited opportunity to get to practice with each other. This would turn out to make each of those demonstrations particularly stressful but also poignant moments of cooperation and discovery of each other. Aikido is precisely about establishing communication and mutual understanding, and that is what we did.

Korean representatives SiYeon Kim and Dahui Jeong rehearsing their demonstration [photo by Irina Gaspar].With the session over, we would get very little rest since in the afternoon, we were scheduled to head to the Konkuk University Gymnasium for a two-hour class with Christian Tissier Shihan, as well as some additional rehearsals in terms of etiquette and entry on / exit from the tatami. This gave us the opportunity to practice together with the Korean Aikidoka and I was really impressed by the general level and engagement in practice that they displayed. This was for sure one of the best seminars I had attended in a long while. Perhaps it is I who was in a particularly receptive state of mind thanks to Izawa’s reminder the night before, but I felt that something had happened on the tatami that day. This feeling would be confirmed the following day by the multitude of friend requests I received on Facebook from people I practiced with the day before. After the class, we promptly returned to the recreation center to make it on time for dinner and everyone went to bed quite early in order to recuperate before the next morning.

Christian Tissier teaching on Saturday afternoon [photo by Sorin Toma].After a quick but solid breakfast courtesy by the recreation center, we headed once again for Konkuk University Gymnasium. The Aikido demonstrations were scheduled to last the whole morning morning and the Ju-jutsu tournament would follow soon afterwards. Dorin Marchis had worked out a tight schedule, but keeping in mind that some of us would be stepping on the tatami on several occasions, and every demonstration went smoothly. I remember feeling rather nervous when my name was called as a representative of France, especially for my expert performance, since I was scheduled to be the last person to go before Christian Tissier’s final demonstration… Talk about feeling the pressure of comparison!

My final demonstration with fellow Hombu Dojo practitioner Mihaly Dobroka, and Iulian Perpelici [photo by Sorin Toma].While performing, it hit me that I had so far only considered Aikido practice as a self-centered path to personal development, but there I was today as a part of a team, representing a country I had not lived in for the past 15 years. The word “team” especially, resounded in me and I realized that beyond the personal motivations that lead us to the practice of a budo like Aikido, there could be a sense of group work, and a striving for something that is ultimately larger than us. After the demonstrations we were all offered commemorative medals for our participation in the event. Since Aikido has no competition  everyone could be a winner! More seriously, I must confess that this memorabilia now sits on my shelf as a sweet reminder of a fantastic weekend.

We didn’t leave Korea emtpy-handed. A sample of the memorabilia given to each participant.

Back in my room for my last night in Korea, I reflected upon the event and my participation. While I feel that my performances were far from perfect, I really enjoyed those instants with tori and/or uke, and I hope to have been worthy of having been selected to take part in this event. Past the undeniable satisfaction associated with this peer-recognition, it has been a wonderful opportunity to reflect about the meaning of practice, and the place of Aikido on the global stage. We were just a small group of men and women with various degrees of experience and from very diverse stylistic backgrounds, but we all offered a snapshot of what we consider to be honest Aikido practice, and in some cases, we had to work through some differences to show something coherent to the uninitiated. Competition, though not systematized in Aikido practice, is often pervasive within the interactions between its practitioners (for grades, recognition, etc.), but I am proud to report that over those four days, there was absolutely none of that. Now more than ever, I feel that Aikido has something to offer to society, and to sport in particular, as long as it is done in its own terms, and while keeping true to the core principles that underlie it.

Forging cross-cultural bonds through practice.

Interestingly, on the way back to the airport, I shared the ride with a young female Muay Thai champion from Canada and we spent a great deal of the journey asking each other about our respective disciplines and how the past few days in Korea went. Admittedly, practically speaking, she and I experienced the event in very different ways, but we both had the same sense of having been part of something much larger. Incidentally, I also found out that like me, she happened to be a Biologist! Building bridges from beginning to end!

Many thanks to the International Aikido Federation for allowing me to participate in this event, and to all officials and practitioners that made it a true learning experience.

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It Aint Necessarily So #3: Where's My Money!!!?? (Ellis Amdur)

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From: Ellis Amdur on Fri, 20 Sep 2019 03:24:16 -0600

[URL="https://guillaumeerard.com/aikido/articles-aikido/it-aint-necessarily-so-wheres-my-money/?fbclid=IwAR0K3W2TVOteSDVY6x4WrkS9wY8eAJ5ng6c_iMb3G2JPfILcMJNFeUiq2LY"]Here is a new article[/URL] in Ellis Amdur's "It Ain't Necessary So" series that challenges the commonly accepted cause for Ueshiba Morihei and Sokaku Takeda's split to be a question of money. More specifically, Ueshiba refusing, or not being able to pay the huge sums of money that Sokaku asked for.
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Back to it

Aiki Blog - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 23:35
So back to it for a few weeks.

Things I have noticed about myself. I have lost an edge of quickness on my feet but I am hoping that this will come back with more work. I have a better appreciation of being able to practice, both physically and mentally, I am so lucky to be able to get on the mats twice a week and learn from all those around me.

My children have also restarted their karate and I have sat in on their classes and learned a thing or two from listening. At the last session they talked about using your martial art to help you be the best you you can be. I found this very inspirational and am using it to motivate my thoughts at aikido.

Keep training guys

Dane
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Doshu in California: Photo Journal Part 2

Aikido Journal - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:51
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Jei Nakazono Sensei (Henry Ellis)

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From: Henry Ellis on Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:53:10 -0600

I am sorry to report the recent passing of Jei Nakazono Sensei. gone too soon and too suddenly. Jei Nakazono Sensei was the youngest son of Mutsuro ` Masahilo ` Nakazono 7th dan Aikido a early direct student of OSensei Ueshiba, also 6th dan Kodokan Judo. Jei followed his father and past family generations in the study and teaching of natural medicine and healing. On the 17th of October 2007 we, the dan grades from the 1950s/60s held a large fully booked facility in Neath South Wales to hold the " Masahilo Nakazono Memorial Event " M Nakazono Sensei was the first Aikido instructor invited to the UK by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei 1959/1960, we, the first group of five British Aikido dan grades considered M Nakazono Sensei one of the greatest of all the Japanese teachers we would later study with. 2007, Jei Nakazono Sensei came from New York USA to the UK to attend the event to honour his father, many UK students will have fond memories of that day and Sensei's high standard of teaching . Another visiting instructor from California USA was Dang Phong Sensei another very talented teacher, the teachers on the day were Sensei's - Jei Nakazono - Dang Phong - Henry Ellis - Derek Eastman -Haydn Foster - Gwynn Jones, the guest of honour was the recently late Gerry Gyngell sensei. R.I.P My dear friend Jei Nakazono Sensei Henry Ellis Co-Author of "Positive Aikido" British Aikido History Information Site [url]http://britishaikido.blogspot.com[/url] Masahilo Nakazono Sensei Blog [url]http://nakazono-aikido.blogspot.com[/url]
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Doshu Seminar in California: Photo Journal Part 1

Aikido Journal - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:40

On September 6-8, Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba visited California to lead a seminar organized by the California Aikido Association. Over 750 aikido practitioners gathered from around the world for this historic event.  This is part one of a two part photo journal.

During the Doshu’s trip to California, Aikido Journal also conducted an interview with Moriteru Ueshiba, which will be published in the very near future.

Photos by Anne Lee, © Aikido Journal.

The shomen constructed for the Doshu seminar at the San Mateo Event Center.

Michael Friedl and Patricia Hendricks of the CAA welcome the Doshu and aikido practitioners from around the globe for this historic event. Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba

Moriteru Ueshiba welcomes everyone to the event and shares his thoughts and approach for the weekend’s training. Daniel Brasse Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba with Jimmy Friedman Christine Wong and Josh Gold Jim Alvarez

Charlie McGinnis Shihonage. Uke: Terumasa Hino Aikidoka enthusiastically wearing a tenugui gifted by Seido to seminar participants.

Mark Larson Mrs. Ueshiba, surveying the training. Kei Izawa and Patricia Hendricks speaking with Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba

Wilko Vriesman and Josh Gold enjoying some kaiten-nage practice.

Patricia Hendricks with Josh Gold

Craig Fife and Bernice Tom

Bruce Bookman and Mary Tesoro Zenko Okimura with students.

Anne Lee, photographer. Enjoying a break by the water between shooting the Doshu interview (soon to be released) and the Friday evening training session.
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10/5-10/6/2019: NY Weekend Seminar with Toutain Sensei (AikiWeb System)

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From: AikiWeb System on Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:26:42 -0600

Posted 2019-09-16 09:39:33 by Jason Mallia Seminar 10/5/2019 - Still Mind Martial Arts - 305 Central Ave #5, White Plains, NY Registration begins @8:30am - 9am Yoga, 10am Aikido and 2pm Aiki Weapons Seminar 10/6/2019 - Aikido Self-Defense and Kickboxing 252-26 Northern Blvd, Little Neck, NY - follows same schedule as previous day. ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/news/submit.html"]click here[/url]. ~~~
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10/5-10/6/2019: NY Weekend Seminar with Toutain Sensei

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10/5-10/6/2019: NY Weekend Seminar with Toutain Sensei
From: Jason Mallia posted on 16. Sep 2019, 09:26am

Seminar 10/5/2019 - Still Mind Martial Arts - 305 Central Ave #5, White Plains, NY Registration begins @8:30am - 9am Yoga, 10am Aikido and 2pm Aiki Weapons Seminar 10/6/2019 - Aikido Self-Defense and Kickboxing 252-26 Northern Blvd, Little Neck, NY - follows same schedule as previous day.

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    Petition: Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation (AikiWeb System)

    Aiki Forum Discussions - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:26
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    From: AikiWeb System on Sun, 15 Sep 2019 16:26:09 -0600

    Posted 2019-09-15 16:25:31 by Jun Akiyama News URL: [url="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0uNsy36L0cvj7K0YXHj31ua7sfw2BkvGBSF2q1Khqq3FYvQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR11Vg0IVwaC"]https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0uNsy36L0cvj7K0YXHj31ua7sfw2BkvGBSF2q1Khqq3FYvQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR11Vg0IVwaC[/url] Here is a petition entitled [url="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0uNsy36L0cvj7K0YXHj31ua7sfw2BkvGBSF2q1Khqq3FYvQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR11Vg0IVwaCLwiyW1I3Ea_BjMwvYhI2ZQGvnvOmWpq7EO8yWzYPO14-tk0"]"Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation"[/url] that seeks to "urge the USAF Board, Technical Committee, and leadership to act now to fully support women in the USAF organization." From the petition: "Specifically, we seek: A. Recognition that gender equity is a valid issue that needs exploration in the USAF through a Gender Equity Task Force. B. Representation in USAF structures as well as USAF activities/seminars at least proportional to member population. C. Removal of barriers to the advancement of women, at all levels of practice. D. A change in the Technical Committee structure to include women on the Technical Committee. E. Transparency, including publication of statistics about gender in the USAF." The petition is signed by: "The USAF Women's Coalition Janice Taitel Shidoin, yondan, Aikido Center of Dover Kali Hewitt-Blackie Shidoin, yondan, Regent Park Community Aikido Claire Keller Shidoin, rokudan, Bushwick Dojo Arielle Herman Fukushidoin, Rivertide Aikikai and anonymous others" ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/news/submit.html"]click here[/url]. ~~~
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    Petition: Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation

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    Petition: Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 15. Sep 2019, 03:26pm
    URL: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0uNsy36L0cvj7K0YXHj31ua7sfw2BkvGBSF2q1Khqq3FYvQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR11Vg0IVwaC

    Here is a petition entitled "Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation" that seeks to "urge the USAF Board, Technical Committee, and leadership to act now to fully support women in the USAF organization." From the petition: "Specifically, we seek: A. Recognition that gender equity is a valid issue that needs exploration in the USAF through a Gender Equity Task Force. B. Representation in USAF structures as well as USAF activities/seminars at least proportional to member population. C. Removal of barriers to the advancement of women, at all levels of practice. D. A change in the Technical Committee structure to include women on the Technical Committee. E. Transparency, including publication of statistics about gender in the USAF." The petition is signed by: "The USAF Women's Coalition Janice Taitel Shidoin, yondan, Aikido Center of Dover Kali Hewitt-Blackie Shidoin, yondan, Regent Park Community Aikido Claire Keller Shidoin, rokudan, Bushwick Dojo Arielle Herman Fukushidoin, Rivertide Aikikai and anonymous others"

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    What do you think Aikido is. (Rupert Atkinson)

    Aiki Forum Discussions - Sat, 09/07/2019 - 19:49
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    From: Rupert Atkinson on Sat, 07 Sep 2019 19:49:19 -0600

    Aikido is The Way of Aiki. We are supposed to be studying/researching/practising aiki and ... trying to discover it and make it work. The means are the few waza we have.
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    Jan 16-20, 2020: 14th San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar (AikiWeb System)

    Aiki Forum Discussions - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 17:58
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    From: AikiWeb System on Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:58:51 -0600

    Posted 2019-09-05 17:45:26 by Lisa Tomoleoni News URL: [url="http://www.sandiegoaikido.com/2020-international-bridge-seminar"]http://www.sandiegoaikido.com/2020-international-bridge-seminar[/url] The Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar is an internationally known five day camp held at Jiai Aikido in beautiful San Diego, CA from January 16-20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend). Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan started the Bridge Seminars at Jiai Aikido in 2007. This year marks the International Bridge's 14th year and will once again be a big celebration with fantastic group events. Thursday night through Monday afternoon there will be 25 classes, taught by some of today's most experienced Aikido instructors, as well as a plethora of family friendly events. ​Main Instructors are Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7 Dan, Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, 6 Dan, Lee Crawford Sensei, 6 Dan, and Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, 6 Dan. They are joined by a variety of Supporting Instructors as well as Guest Art Instructors. Special Introductory Registration Rates through September 15, so register early. Throughout the seminar attendees will have many opportunities to train, and/or relax, socialize, and enjoy some of San Diego's best attractions. Jiai Aikido is minutes from the beach, multiple family friendly destinations, and kids are allowed in the dojo during the seminar...so bring the family. Jiai Aikido will have plenty of recommendations for local events or landmarks to enjoy. Limited housing is available at the dojo for a small fee. ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/news/submit.html"]click here[/url]. ~~~
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    Jan 16-20, 2020: 14th San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar

    Aiki News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:58
    Jan 16-20, 2020: 14th San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar
    From: Lisa Tomoleoni posted on 5. Sep 2019, 04:58pm
    URL: http://www.sandiegoaikido.com/2020-international-bridge-seminar

    The Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar is an internationally known five day camp held at Jiai Aikido in beautiful San Diego, CA from January 16-20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend). Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan started the Bridge Seminars at Jiai Aikido in 2007. This year marks the International Bridge's 14th year and will once again be a big celebration with fantastic group events. Thursday night through Monday afternoon there will be 25 classes, taught by some of today's most experienced Aikido instructors, as well as a plethora of family friendly events. ​Main Instructors are Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7 Dan, Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, 6 Dan, Lee Crawford Sensei, 6 Dan, and Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei, 6 Dan. They are joined by a variety of Supporting Instructors as well as Guest Art Instructors. Special Introductory Registration Rates through September 15, so register early. Throughout the seminar attendees will have many opportunities to train, and/or relax, socialize, and enjoy some of San Diego's best attractions. Jiai Aikido is minutes from the beach, multiple family friendly destinations, and kids are allowed in the dojo during the seminar...so bring the family. Jiai Aikido will have plenty of recommendations for local events or landmarks to enjoy. Limited housing is available at the dojo for a small fee.

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    Mary Heiny in Brattleboro Oct. 18,19,20 2019 (AikiWeb System)

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    From: AikiWeb System on Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:15:59 -0600

    Posted 2019-09-02 10:44:13 by Don Hebert News URL: [url="http://rvaikido.org/2019/09/02/mary-heiny-sensei-october-2019/"]http://rvaikido.org/2019/09/02/mary-heiny-sensei-october-2019/[/url] 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 [email="[email protected]"][email protected][/email]. Weekend fee is $130 or $40/class. [email="[email protected]"][email protected][/email] ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/news/submit.html"]click here[/url]. ~~~
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    Mary Heiny in Brattleboro Oct. 18,19,20 2019

    Aiki News - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 04:15
    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 [email protected]. Weekend fee is $130 or $40/class. [email protected]

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    Cresting the Wave

    Aiki Blog - Sun, 09/01/2019 - 14:56
    Cresting the Wave

    Cresting the wave
    Feeling it power
    Feeling its surging purpose
    Heading headlong towards
    Towards the far horizon

    But, looking behind me
    I see other waves following
    Wave after wave after wave
    All upon a motionless ocean


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    Nearly time

    Aiki Blog - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 23:32
    Nearly time for that hardest of sessions. Six weeks off the mat and on Monday I will get back on, brilliantly unfit and a bit heavier.

    That awkward moment of trying to move like you did before but not being quite as sharp. Still it only happens once and the. It comes good again.

    Nearly time.

    As an extra bonus saw a tree which had a trunk split into two smaller ones out on a walk the other day

    Trunk split by sunlight
    Reaching and twisting upward
    Moss hitching a ride
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    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Seiichi Sugano by Brian Ericksen (AikiWeb System)

    Aiki Forum Discussions - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 21:15
    AikiWeb System: AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Seiichi Sugano by Brian Ericksen - 0 Replies

    From: AikiWeb System on Sat, 24 Aug 2019 21:15:13 -0600

    Posted 2019-08-24 21:14:34 by Jun Akiyama News URL: [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25687"]http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25687[/url] A new AikiWeb Column, [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25687"]"It Had to Be Felt #63, Sugano Seiichi: 'Alive Ukemi/Dead Ukemi'"[/url] 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! ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/news/submit.html"]click here[/url]. ~~~
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    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Seiichi Sugano by Brian Ericksen

    Aiki News - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 14:15
    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 (AikiWeb System)

    Aiki Forum Discussions - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 10:23
    AikiWeb System: Watanabe Nobuyuki Passes Away - 0 Replies

    From: AikiWeb System on Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:23:33 -0600

    Posted 2019-08-23 10:22:31 by Jun Akiyama News URL: [url="http://www.aikikai.or.jp/eng/about/information/detail.html?news_id=260"]http://www.aikikai.or.jp/eng/about/information/detail.html?news_id=260[/url] 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 [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL-Iv_VDQ-Q"]here[/url]). Watanabe was featured in AikiWeb's "It Had to Be Felt" column series with an essay by Ellis Amdur (available [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20997"]here[/url]). My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones. ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url="http://www.aikiweb.com/news/submit.html"]click here[/url]. ~~~
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