Arizona Aikido

 News and Notes

Recommendations for Attending Seminars and Camps

10 March 2020
Shared from the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba Website: http://www.asu.org

In light of the recent public concern regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus, the following recommendations should be implemented by all Aikido students attending seminars and camps – as well as any regular dojo keiko (training).

  1. Wash hands thoroughly (20 seconds) with soap and water before and after class. If washing hands is not practical, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after class.
  2. Avoid touching your face (eyes, ears, mouth, nose) during training – and while in public in general. During training, try to avoid touching your partner’s face with your hands.
  3. If you have upper respiratory tract symptoms, do not come to class, and do not return until you both a) feel better and b) are free of fever for at least 24 hours (fever = temperature > 38 C or 100 F).
  4. Do not wear surgical/respiratory masks on the mat.
  5. On top of this, washing of gis/clothing should be practiced regularly as well as disinfecting vinyl mat surfaces.
Attending an Aikido event is your choice, but it is strongly recommended that you follow the above protocols.

Martial Arts To Protect

9 March 2020
Trent Boudreaux Sensei will be conducting a workshop on March 14, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The seminar will be held at Arizona Aikido's Agatsu Dojo, 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Access to the dojo is easy via the light rail system. Exit at the 7th Avenue Station and the dojo is just a short walk to the west. The light rail is easily accessible from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport via the Sky Train. There is plenty of parking at the dojo, as well. The dojo is immediately east of the 11th Avenue traffic light and bus stop on the south side of Camelback Road.

Boudreaux Sensei will cover functional and tactical three-dimensional movement, tactical ukemi, self-defense and Aikido techniques, as well as martial art protective techniques and strategies.

For complete information, Download a flier here

First-Keiko-of-the-Year 2020!

21 December 2019
Group Photo - 2018 End-of-Year Keiko First-of-Year Keiko and Potluck! Friday, January 3, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Plan to work out with us at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020, as the "first keiko of the year!" Sakakibara Sensei always said that, if you worked out the first keiko of the year and the last keiko of the year, you were considered to have tained all year long! This celebration is a tradition in our dojo! After training, we'll have a potluck, so bring something to share!

The photo you see here is from last year. Well, it was the last keiko of 2018 (and the first keiko of 2019). You don't want to miss this clebration!

Annual Ikeda Sensei Seminar

9 December 2019

Ikeda Sensei at Fall Mountain Camp 1991 We had a great seminar with Ikeda Sensei!

We'll try to have some photos up shortly!

Thanks, Ikeda Sensei!

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan has been a strong supporter of Arizona Aikido for more than half of our 50 years of existence! He returns to Arizona Agatsu Dojo December 6-8, 2019! He is seen in this photo taken at the Prescott Camp in September 1991, 28 years ago. Don Crawford Sensei is taking ukemi in the photo. Click on the photo for a flier. Please don't miss this opportunity to train with Ikeda Sensei.

The seminar will be held at Arizona Aikido's Agatsu Dojo, 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Access to the dojo is easy via the light rail system. Exit at the 7th Avenue Station and the dojo is just a short walk to the west. The light rail is easily accessible from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport via the Sky Train. There is plenty of parking at the dojo, as well. The dojo is immediately east of the 11th Avenue traffic light and bus stop on the south side of Camelback Road.

December should be beautiful in Phoenix! If you'd like to check it, here's the Phoenix weather.

You can register for the seminar and pay online:

Cost for the full seminar is $175. You can choose to attend individual sessions for $45 each.The session schedule is:

  • Friday evening, December 6, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday morning, December 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday afternoon, December 7, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday morning, December 8, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Which Day(s)?

Jim Alvarez, 6th dan, ASU - September 20-22, 2019

28 July 2019

Jim Alvarez, 6th dan, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba will be in Phoenix, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 20-22, 2019, for a seminar. Alvarez Sensei has trained not only with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, founder of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, but also with Toshishiro Obata Kaiso in the art of Shinkendo. He is a skilled swordsman. Alvarez Sensei is the Chief Instructor at Aikido of Livermore - Shinrei Dojo. You don't want to miss this opportunity to train with Alvarez Sensei! Download a flier here

Register and pay here:

Which sessions?

Remembering O Sensei

26 April 2019

O Sensei's grave Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba died on April 26th, (Japan time) in 1969. Here is his grave at the Omoto compound in Ayabe (top, with inset of Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu visiting the grave in 2017) and his grave at the Shingon temple Kozan-ji in Tanabe, Wakayama (bottom). (Photo from Aikido Sangenkai – Christopher Li.)

Here is an interesting history of O Sensei.

Mary Heiny Sensei in Tucson!

7 April 2019
Group Photo - Mary Heiny Sensei - Aikido at the Center - April 6, 2019 Mary Heiny, 7th dan, was at Aikido at the Center, 3045 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85711, April 5-7, 2019. Heiny Sensei recently had surgery on her shoulder, so this seminar was an interesting look at how one does Aikido in a difficult situation! Several of our students were able to attend the seminar and joined Aikidoka from Arizona and beyond!

Jamie Zimron, 6th dan - March 22, 2019

22 March 2019

Jamie Leno Zimron Sensei, 6th danJamie Leno Zimron, 6th dan was in Phoenix for a special seminar the evening of March 22, 2019. Thanks, Jamie Sensei!

Download the flier here

Cost for the evening is $25. You can register and pay online:


Celebrating O Sensei's Birthday - December 14, 1883

14 December 2018
O Sensei Drawing from Bernie Lau Sensei O Sensei (Aikido Journal) Today, December 14, 2018, we celebrate the birth of O Sensei in 1883. The image on the left is a commissioned drawing that was obtained from Bernie Lau Sensei. It is a typical pose for portraits of O Sensei in his later life.

The image on the right is courtesy of Aikido Journal. In honor of his birthday, they've made a collection of O-Sensei videos from Aikido Journal TV available to everyone for free viewing today.

Please take a few minutes to watch or listen to (radio interview) Morihei Ueshiba, who's had such a positive impact on so many lives and communities. We also hope you'll share this link with others in the aikido community so more will have the opportunity to be inspired by O-Sensei's words and movement. Follow this link

Annual Winter Seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan

10 September 2018

Ikeda Sensei Seminar at Asian Arts Center Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan has been a strong supporter of Arizona Aikido for more than half of our 50 years of existence! He returns to Arizona Agatsu Dojo December 7-9, 2018, to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary! He is seen in this photo taken at the Asian Arts Center probably sometime in 1987, more than 30 years ago. You may recognize some of the folks in the photo. Click on the photo for a flier. Please don't miss this opportunity to train with Ikeda Sensei.

The seminar will be held at Arizona Aikido's Agatsu Dojo, 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Access to the dojo is easy via the light rail system. Exit at the 7th Avenue Station and the dojo is just a short walk to the west. The light rail is easily accessible from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport via the Sky Train. There is plenty of parking at the dojo, as well. The dojo is immediately east of the 11th Avenue traffic light and bus stop on the south side of Camelback Road.

December should be beautiful in Phoenix! If you'd like to check it, here's the Phoenix weather.

You can register for the seminar and pay online:

Cost for the full seminar is $175. You can choose to attend individual sessions for $45 each.The session schedule is:

  • Friday evening, December 7, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday morning, December 8, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday afternoon, December 8, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday morning, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Which Day(s)?


 
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