Charles Tseng Sensei, 6th Dan, Kagami Biraki Seminar - January 7, 2017
Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd St, Kenosha, WI 53144
Time: Saturday, 12:00 - 2:00pm. Cost: $10.00 mat fee.
Kagami Biraki, which literally means "Mirror Opening" (also known as the "Rice Cutting Ceremony"), is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many martial arts dojos (usually on the second Saturday or Sunday of January) that officially kicks off the new year - honoring renewal, rededication, and spirit. It was an old samurai tradition dating back to the 15th century that was adopted into modern martial arts starting in 1884 when Jigora Kano (the founder of judo) revived the custom at the Kodokan. Since then, it has been a tradition in many martial arts, including aikido, as a way to show thanks for the year’s training and the support of our training partners. Please join us in welcoming in the New Year with a renewed commitment to training. Charles Tseng Sensei, 6th Dan, in the ASU and Sensei of the Lake County Aikikai, will lead a two-hour aikido clinic at the Kenosha YMCA. All aikidoka are welcome to attend. There is a $10.00 mat fee payable at the front desk. Beyond that, donations at the class are welcomed but not required.
Judy Leppert Sensei at Aikido of Harvard - January 7-8, 2017
Aikido of Harvard, 39 N Ayer St, Harvard, IL 60033
Times: Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 10am. Cost: Free (donations welcome).Judy Leppert Sensei will be teaching class on Saturday, January 7, at 3pm, and Sunday, January 8, at 10am, at Aikido of Harvard. A small party will follow after Saturday's class. Judy recently turned 80 years old and this will be an excellent opportunity to honor her. But be prepared for that grandma to act half her age!
Musubi and Soft Ukemi Seminar with Charles Colten Sensei - January 14-15, 2017
Aikido of Madison, 2219 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704
Times: Saturday from 10am - 12pm and 2:30 - 4:30pm (Dinner to follow at 5:30pm)
Sunday from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: Full seminar - ( per class) NOTE: Pre-registration not required
All affiliations and styles are welcome!
Charles Colten Sensei, 4th Dan, will be teaching this Musubi and Soft Ukemi Seminar at Aikido of Madison. Charles Colten Sensei began his Aikido training at Aikido of Madison in 1986. He is the director and chief instructor at Aikido in the Schools, Charles, based in New York City. He travels regularly to train and teach in the US, Europe, and Latin America.
Optional dinner at Barb Sensei's house will be at 5:30pm after the Saturday session. There is a suggested $5-10 donation at the party for the food and drinks will not be provided. Please RSVP a week in advance for the dinner and feel free to bring along your favorite beverage. To RSVP, please contact Aikido of Madison at 608-231-3935.
Wendy Whited Sensei, 7th Dan, at Milwaukee Shobukan - January 22, 2017Milwaukee Shobukan, 9450 North 107th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53224
Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm, one hour lunch break, and 1:00 - 3:00pm Cost: .00 (includes lunch).
Milwaukee Shobukan is pleased to host Wendy Whited Sensei, 7th Dan, at their new 90 tatami dojo on Sunday, January 22. Come join us for this special Samurai Sunday Event and soft opening featuring ASU kihon waza, ASU weapons forms, and patrol kata techniques. Lunch will be provided at the dojo.
Robin Cooper Sensei Friendship Seminar - January 26, 2017
Aikido of Wales, Kettle Moraine High School, Rm 322, 349 N Oak Crest Dr, Wales, WI 53183
Time: Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Cost: Free (donations welcome).
Aikido of Wales is proud to welcome Robin Cooper Sensei from Aikido of Madison, January 26th, from 6:30-8:30pm for the January friendship seminar. Please join us for a night of training and camaraderie.
Kagami Biraki Seminar - January 27-29, 2017
Twin Cities Aikido Center, 2382 Hampden Ave W - Suite 203, St. Paul, MN 55114
Times: Friday, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 10:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00 - 4:00pm (Banquet at 7:00pm)
Sunday, 10:00am - 12:00pm (Testing - 2:00pm)
Cost: Friday, Saturday, or Sunday - $20, All days - $40Sessions will be lead by Cal Blanchard (5th Dan) and Matt Lynch (5th Dan).
Tim Spies Sensei, 4th Dan, Friendship Seminar at Aikido of Wales - February 9, 2017
Tim Spies Sensei, Dojo-cho of Ryoshinkan Dojo in Arlington Heights, founder of both the "Aikido Resolutions Foundation" and the "Cut the Cancer Program" will be the featured instructor on February 9th. Let's roll!
Tim Spies Sensei, 4th Dan, Friendship Seminar at Aikido of Hales Corners - February 23, 2017
Aikido of Hales Corners, 5726 S 108th St, Hales Corners, WI 53130
Time: Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30pm. Cost: Free (donations welcome).
Aikido of Hales Corners is happy to announce Tim Spies Sensei, 4th Dan, as the first guest instructor to teach an evening friendship seminar at their dojo on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 7:30pm. Spies Sensei is the founder of Aikido Resolutions Foundation Cut the Cancer Program and is the dojo-cho at Ryoshinkan Dojo in Arlington Heights, IL. There is no cost to attend but donations are welcome.
"Strikes and Slices" with Jeff Hempel Sensei, 5th Dan - March 4, 2017
Abiding Spirit Aikikai, 829 Virginia Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Time: Saturday, 12:00 - 4:00pm. Cost: $50.
All affiliations and styles are welcome!
Photo Credit: Jim MoyThe Abiding Spirit Aikikai is hosting Jeff Hempel Sensei, 5th Dan, for a one-day seminar on striking techniques and knife techniques. Please bring a training knife with you. For more information and to register, please use the Strikes and Slices Registration Form.