Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Upcoming Seminars 2015

2015 April 4: Aikido Summit, Denver, CO
Denver Aikikai hosts the Aikido Summit every year at the Buddhist temple downtown. It is a good opportunity to practice a variety of styles and see aikido from different perspectives.

More information (PDF)

2015 April 11-12: Spring Seminar, Collegeville (St. Cloud) MN
Every year Mark Larson Sensei and Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo host a seminar on the St. John's campus in Collegeville, MN.

Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo, with dojo-cho, Mark Larson Sensei (6th Dan), and the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Aikido Club invite you to join us for our annual Spring Seminar, April 11 & 12, 2015, at Saint John’s University.

Information - Seminar Flyer (PDF)

2015 July 25-26: Stephanie Yap, Bismarck ND
from the FB event description:
Seminar is instructed by founder of Aikido of South Florida, Stephanie Yap Sensei, who has earned a 6th degree black belt and the Menkyo Kaiden in Aiki-Ken and Aiki-Jo, awarded to her by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan.

Stephanie Yap Sensei represents Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai, USA, and is the highest ranking woman in the organization.

Facebook event - Web - PDF

Monday, March 30, 2015

ASL 2015 March

Evan and I are back from a week at Aikido of San Leandro and training with Pat Hendricks Shihan.

Evan did a successful 4th kyu test during the teens class on Friday so congratulations!

Being the only uchideshi has its advantages. Sensei spent all week focusing on the 4th kyu requirements for Evan, and san-dan requirements for me. I am feeling more confident about my upcoming test in August.

I brought back a lot of updates so come on out and get the latest! Since we're still transitioning from another style, the updates will be a constant fact of life for a few years. Not that what we're doing is wrong, but sometimes it is not the current variation of a technique or pin. These are important to keep up to date for when people who train at Kinjo go out to practice and/or test in San Leandro.

Also last week we worked on the 10 kumi-jo and variations. Coincidentally, that is what we're doing at Kinjo this week! Open hand attack will be moro-te-dori.

See you on the mat!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ken-tai-jo This Week

This week we're working on the ken-tai-jo forms currently practiced in Iwama and shown by Pat Hendricks Shihan a couple of weeks ago at the CAA Division 1 training.

In the video, note the first (standard) ending of each form as we will be working on the first 3 this week.

Yasuhiro and Mitsuyoshi Saito, 7 kumi-jo

Open hand attack this week: kata-dori

See you on the mat!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ushiro Ryo-te-dori (Morihiro Saito Shihan)

We're working on ushiro techniques this week.
Here's Saito Morihiro Shihan demonstrating from ushiro ryo-te-dori:

2015 MN Spring Seminar

MN Seminar Shoumen

Charles-sensei and Tyffany will be attending the 2015 Spring seminar hosted by Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo in Collegeville, MN.

It's always a great time of training, meeting new people, and reacquainting with old. Hope to see you there!

Seminar details (PDF)
Online Registration
Lodging on campus at the guesthouse
Super 8 in St. Joseph/St. Cloud