Arizona Aikido

 News and Notes

4-Day Mind / Body Principles Intensive with George Ledyard Sensei

4 March 2017
October 6th – 9th 2017
George Ledyard Sensei, Aikido 7th Dan and direct student of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan
Arizona Aikido in Phoenix

Mind / Body Principles in Aikido - $275

This intensive will offer four full days of instruction on the mind / body principles that function to create aiki. First we will focus on how to develop the “platform”, the integrated body required to do Aikido waza. Explanation and exercises on how to use the “intent” to unify the body will be a focus.

Once we have established the basic “platform”. we will look at how to make that platform move-able. By the end of the four days, we will cover how the various principles we have studied apply in basic Aikido kihon waza. The goal is for the students to have the tools to become their own teachers using a principle based way of approaching their training.

This seminar is open to students of all levels and affiliations. There is a limit of 40 students to ensure that students get maximum personal attention.

Online Registration

Arizona Aikido Annual Winter Seminar

16 January 2017

image descriptionArizona Aikido's Annual Winter Seminar took place February 17–19, 2017, and featured Yoshi Shibata Sensei.

This was the first time Shibata Sensei had taught in the Phoenix area! We're sorry if you missed this seminar! Watch for future opportunities to train with Shibata Sensei.

You'll find the flier here.

The seminar was held at Longview Elementary School (map).

If you'd like to check it, here's the Phoenix weather.

You can still pay for the seminar online below:
Full seminar - $100:
Saturday only - $75:
One session (Friday, 1/2 day Saturday, Sunday) - $50: Which session? Friday evening Saturday morning Saturday afternoon Sunday morning

Dojo Update

27 December 2016

939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013 This image will let you see the mats in place. They are not yet fully installed, but we can train on them. Keep watching this page for updates on the status of our dojo, located at 939. W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. We're not quite in a regular schedule, yet. Keep watching this page for updates.

Happy Birthday, Osensei!

14 December 2016

OsenseiHappy Birthday, Osensei! December 14, 1883!

Thanks, Osensei, for the legacy you have left us!

Seminar with Jim Alvarez Sensei

20 October 2016

Jim Alvarez SenseiJim Alvarez, 6th dan, Aikido of Livermore Shinrei Dojo, will be in Phoenix for a special seminar December 2 - 4, 2016.

Download the flier here

December is a good time to be in Phoenix! If you'd like to check it, here's the Phoenix weather.

You can register and pay online:

Which Day(s)?

Arizona Aikido Has Moved!

17 October 2016

939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenis, AZ 85013We have moved to a new dojo located at 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013!

October 15, 2016, was our last day at the Asian Arts Center. For what it's worth, we were there for 30 years!

It will take us a little bit of time to finish preparing the new space, which we are calling Arizona Agatsu Dojo. Watch this Web site for information on when classes will resume at Arizona Agatsu Dojo. If you need more information, you can always use the Contact form.

Thanks for your patience!

Arizona Aikido at the Japanese Friendship Garden

17 September 2016
On January 17, 2016, Arizona Aikido gave a demonstration of Aikido at the Japanese Friendship Garden (Ro Ho En). Check out this video to see images of our preparation, some of the actual demonstration, and some scenes from the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Arizona Aikido Fall Mountain Camp 2016

12 September 2016
Our 2016 Fall Mountain Camp is in the books! Thanks to Hiroshi Ikeda, Shihan for his wonderful instruction! Thanks, too, to all the local Aikido instructors who led sessions at camp. We truly appreciate you presence at FMC!

Start planning now for next year's Fall Mountain Camp September 7 - 10, 2017!

Arizona Aikido Fall Mountain Camp 2016

30 August 2016
Arizona Aikido's annual Fall Mountain Camp will be held at Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott, Arizona, the weekend after Labor Day, Thursday evening, September 8 through Sunday noon, September 11, 2016. Our featured instructor is Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan.

Some sessions will be taught by local Arizona senior instructors.

Information on cost and online registration are available here.

Download a flier.

Download a schedule.

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Download a map of Emmanuel Pines Camp.

Weather information for Prescott.

If you need transportation from the airport to Prescott, check with us first. If we can't find a ride for you, check airport shuttle services here. Rental cars are also available at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

If you are staying at Emmanuel Pines Camp, you will need a sleeping bag or sheet, pillow, blanket, towel and your toiletries. We have a limited number of linens available for an extra fee of $10.00.

Or you can look for other lodging in Prescott. Please note that Emmanuel Pines Camp is not within walking distance of any lodging in Prescott.

Please bring your jo and bokken. We do have a limited number of weapons for those who are unable to bring their own.

Information about Emmanuel Pines Camp. The camp does not have information about this seminar, so please do not contact them about it.

Directions to Emmanuel Pines Camp.

Many people take the opportunity while at camp to check out historic Prescott. Whiskey Row is a popular area that is easily accessible on Friday evening or on Saturday evening after the banquet. Additional information about Prescott is available from the Prescott Chamber of Commerce.

The Grand Canyon is about 130 miles from Prescott, a 2.5 hour drive, and is also a popular spot to visit while you are here.

Third Anniversary of Sakakibara Sensei's Death

22 July 2016
Sakakibara Sensei In-Memory
We remember Sakakibara Sensei fondly on this third anniversary of his death. One of the ways we remember him is through the Sakakibara Sensei Memorial Scholarship Fund. If you'd like to donate to the Fund, you may do so using the Donate button below. Read Sensei's biography here.

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