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Marlory Graham's Response to the Petition for Gender Equality in the USAF

Aikido News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 07:38
Marlory Graham's Response to the Petition for Gender Equality in the USAF
From: Jun Akiyama posted on 14. Oct 2019, 06:38am
URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?p=354500#post354500

Here is a great post entitled "Time to Tenkan" by Malory Graham (6th dan, Seattle Aikikai) on the recent petition calling for gender equity in the United States Aikido Federation. [First posted on Facebook; reprinted here with permission.] From the post: "After 30+ years in this male-dominated field, I am not naive enough to think that gender parity will happen overnight in response to a petition. I also don’t think putting a woman on the technical committee as a mere token of affirmative action really addresses the core problem. I’m more concerned about the pervasive sentiment shared behind closed doors that women’s aikido isn’t “technically good enough” to warrant a position on the committee. While I am all for being judged by one’s merit, maybe the whole paradigm about how we place value on 'what is good enough aikido?' and who decides 'what is good enough aikido?' should also be addressed to see if it has bias?"

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    Misogi

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 02:08
    Misogi

    Aikido is my regular misogi practice
    No talking, tongue to roof of mouth,
    Breathing through the nose
    Warm-ups with torifume,
    With furitama, with otakebi
    Responding as uke without thinking
    (Or, at least, trying to)
    Performing as nage without thinking
    (Or, at least, trying to)
    No other-criticism
    No self-criticism
    No self
    Quiet


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    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Sekiya Masatake by Robert Whelan

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 16:17
    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Sekiya Masatake by Robert Whelan
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 6. Oct 2019, 03:17pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25707

    A new AikiWeb Column entitled "It Had To Be Felt #64: Sekiya Masatake: 'A Living Manifestation of an Art'" by Robert Whelan is now available for your reading pleasure! Do you have personal experience taking ukemi from Sekiya sensei? If so, please write about it in the column thread!

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    USAF Responds to Petition "Support Women in the USAF"

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 15:53
    USAF Responds to Petition "Support Women in the USAF"
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 6. Oct 2019, 02:53pm
    URL: http://usafaikidonews.com/a-statement-from-the-usaf-board-of-directors-10-3-2019/

    The United States Aikido Federation's board of directors has posted a response entitled "A Statement from the USAF Board of Directors 10-3-2019" to a petition put forth on September 14, 2019 entitled "Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation". The original petition from the Independent Coalition of USAF Women stated, "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 response from the USAF Board of Directors provides their views on each of the above points in the petition.

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    Self-Hood

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 00:36
    Self-Hood

    To say: Ergo cogito, ergo sum
    Is like looking into a mirror
    And saying:
    Look, I have discovered reality
    Can self explore self
    And declare self-hood?


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    Passing of Keith Hartley Sensei

    Aikido News - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 11:58
    Passing of Keith Hartley Sensei
    From: Jason Mallia posted on 24. Sep 2019, 10:58am

    Aikido Sensei Keith Hartley died on Sept 21 at the age of 89. He was an aikido pioneer in New Zealand, opening the first Iwama aikido Dojo there. He continued training into his eighties. Keith studied several styles of Aikido, becoming an uchi deshi at the Iwama dojo in his mid fifties. Few aikido phonies and fake masters escaped his biting humor, and his often hilarious sarcasm. At age 86, while walking his dog he slipped on loose gravel and took a near perfect break fall with no injury. He still complained that his technique was sloppy and he would do better next time. The Aikido community has lost another great one. - Written by T Collings Sensei

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    2019 Fall Aikido Seminar at Oberlin Aikikai with Chuck Weber Shihan

    Aikido News - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 11:58
    2019 Fall Aikido Seminar at Oberlin Aikikai with Chuck Weber Shihan
    From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 24. Sep 2019, 10:58am
    URL: http://clevelandaikido.com/seminars/

    Oberlin Aikikai is pleased to announce the annual Fall Aikido Seminar with Chuck Weber Sensei. Weber Sensei started Aikido in 1975 in Denver, Colorado with Seiji Tanaka Sensei of Waseda University and Tomiki Aikido. After Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei moved to Boulder Weber Sensei was introduced to Mitsugi Saotome Sensei. Upon request from Saotome Sensei in 1988 he opened a dojo with Charles Page in Baltimore. In addition to receiving the rank of Nanadan, Chuck Weber Sensei has been given the Ueshiba Juku designation by Saotome Shihan. Ueshiba Juku translates as “Academy of the Founder.” It recognizes that the recipient has shown exceptional leadership in transmitting the teachings of O-Sensei and is a true inheritor of the teachings of O-Sensei through Saotome Shihan. This special Gasshuku will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, October 11th, evening class at 7 – 9 p.m. Saturday, October 12th, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, October 13th, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m. The full seminar cost is $110, or $35 per class. All affiliations are welcomed. Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: http://clevelandaikido.com/seminars/, or call 216-392 2274.

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    10/5-10/6/2019: NY Weekend Seminar with Toutain Sensei

    Aikido News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:26
    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

    Aikido News - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:26
    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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    Jan 16-20, 2020: 14th San Diego Aikido Bridge Seminar

    Aikido News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 17:58
    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

    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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