2011 USAF Summer Camp DVD Is Now Available

The 2011 Summer Camp DVD is now available for purchase. This DVD captures the teachings of Yamada Shihan and Osawa Shihan, the Technical Committee members, and the many shidoin who helped provide an average of 8 classes per day. From on the mat in the dojo, to weapons classes outside under the pavilion, the extraordinary flavor of this camp is now available for all to share.

If you ordered your copy during camp, your DVD should arrive shortly. If you missed the opportunity to do so, you can now order it online by visiting Aikido de La Montagne’s website.

A special thanks to the outstanding camerman, Luc Tremblay, and his team, and to Claude Berthiaume Shihan and Aikido de la Montagne who organized, supervised, and assisted on all levels to help make this happen.

A short preview can be viewed here.

USAF Fukushidoin


              USAF Fukushidoin

                (updated 8/12/2014)

 

 

 

  • Ahmed Abdul Hakeem, Aikido School of Maghreb
  • Peter Aldrich, Bermuda Aikikai
  • E. Lee Alexander, Aikido of Red Bank
  • Heath Atchley, Aikido of Amherst
  • Maite Azcoitia, Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Leslie Babish, Aikido North Jersey
  • James Babor, City Aikido and Swordsmanship of Los Angeles
  • Brett Baker, Jonesboro Aikido
  • Carlos Bartolomei, Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Rachel Renee Bean, Chushin Center Aikido
  • C. Barry Benjamin, Aikido of South West Florida
  • Robert Bergman, Naka Ima Aikikai
  • Gina Boccolucci, Florida Aikido Center
  • Karl Brenneman, Monadnock Aikikai
  • Normand Brodeur, Aikikai de L’Universite Laval
  • Andre Brown, Harvard Aikikai
  • Donald Steven Brown, Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Jesse Brown, Naka Ima Aikikai
  • Anne Buchanan, Aikido of Try-Co-Lan
  • Nathan Burd, Aikido of Prescott
  • Gary Bushorn, Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Christy Calder, Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Luis Eduardo Carrasco, Raleigh Aikikai
  • Jason Carter, Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Aaron Cass, Portsmouth Aikido
  • Dolita Cathcart, Harvard Aikido Club
  • Michael Cavalle, Portland Aikikai
  • Dave Childers, North Coast Aikikai
  • Robert Clark, Kitsap Aikido
  • David Cody, Aikido of New Orleans
  • Bryan Coffie, Aikido Curacao
  • Sean Conley, Martha’s Vineyard Aikido Club
  • Ralph Craig, Mohawk Valley Aikido
  • Simon Cruz, Aikido North Jersey
  • Lynne Crystal, Aikido of Red Bank
  • Sergio Cuevas, Aikido of Summit
  • A. Scott DeJesse, Aikido of Amarillo
  • Albery Delaney, 3rd, Portland Aikido
  • Greg Deutsch, Midwest Aikido Center
  • Ursula Donnelly, Suffolk Aikikai
  • Matthew Dykeman, North Shore Aikikai
  • Neal Earhart, Aikido of Westchester
  • Christopher Ednie, Aikido of Red Bank
  • Sylvie Firestone, Aikido of Westchester
  • John Fitzpatrick, Albany Aikido
  • Michael Fitzpatrick, Aikido of Red Bank
  • Matthew Forrester, Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Graham Fraser, Mount Saint Vincent Aikikai
  • Georgette Frate-Mikus, North Coast Aikikai
  • Indra Gandy, New York Aikikai
  • Patrick Gaucher, Rivertide Aikido
  • Alan James Gay, Aikido Center of Savannah
  • Philippe Gendrault, AAU Aikidokai
  • Roger Gonzalez, Florida Aikikai
  • Walter Gonzalez, Asahi Aikikai New York
  • Donna Grant, Southern Maryland Aikido Center
  • Francesco Grieco, Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Michael Grover, Sadkane School for Aikido
  • Rejean Gauthier, Aikikai de L’Universite Laval
  • Gordon Hannah, East End Aikikai
  • Eric Hardenorff, Aikido of Northampton
  • Diana Harris, University of Iowa Aikikai
  • Vincent Hauser, Austin Aikikai
  • Daniel Hayes, KSU Aikido
  • Katie Haywood, Open Sky Aikikai
  • Kali Hewitt-Blackie, Naka Ima Aikikai
  • David Hill, Ellsworth Aikikai
  • Michel Hovan, Granite State Aikido Club
  • Debi Hron, Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • John Hughes, Indian River Aikikai
  • Victor Hung, Aikido of Colorado
  • Robert Hyatt, Tarzana Aikikai
  • Alan Jackson, Mt. Pleasant Aikido
  • George Jensen, Jr., Central Arkansas Aikikai
  • Roderick Johnson, Aikikai of Philadelphia
  • Kim Johnston, NY Eastside Aikikai
  • Steve Jones, Newmarket Aikikai
  • Kevin Kanasaka, New York Aikikai
  • Edward Kardell, Long Beach Island Aikikai
  • David Katz, Aikido of Westchester
  • Peter Kiai, New York Aikikai
  • Lenore Irene Killam, Sangamon Aikikai
  • John Kilpatrick, Okolona Aikido
  • Pascal Kim, New York Aikikai
  • Amy Kipp, Harvard Aikido Club
  • Scott Korbylo, Hunterdon Aikikai
  • Robert Kores, Aikido Society of Memphis
  • Richard Kubetz, Central Illinois Aikikai
  • Alesia Kunz, San Francisco Aikikai
  • Eiji Kurashige, Chatham Aikido
  • Barry Kushel, Aikido of Nassau County
  • Penny Landschoot, Austin Aikikai
  • Jacqueline B. Lang-Bradbary, Aikido of Cleveland
  • Jean Laplante, Aikikai de L’Universite Laval
  • Dennis Lazarte, City Aikido of Los Angeles
  • Andrew Lee, New York Aikikai
  • Jonathan Lily, Puget Sound Aikikai
  • Michael Livingston, Center Island Aikido
  • Charles Long, Center Island Aikido
  • Michael Lum, Aikido of Houston
  • Andy Madrid, New York Aikikai
  • Lauren Mallas, San Francisco Aikikai
  • Dino Manca, Naka Ima Aikikai
  • John Manderson, Bermuda Aikikai
  • Rachel Massey, Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Wayne Massey, El Paso Aikikai
  • Matt May, Midwest Aikido Center
  • Brenda McLuskie, Water Oak Aikikai
  • Chris Mills, Island Aikido
  • Susan Monroe, Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Richard Morrison, Suffolk Institute for Eastern Studies
  • John J. Montes, New York Aikikai
  • Aaron Muhammad, Aikido School of Southwest Georgia
  • Felicia Munoz, Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Angela Murphy, Alamo Heights Aikido
  • James Murray, Suffolk Aikikai
  • Shakoda Neil, Boston Aikikai
  • Steve Nelson, Aikido of Norfolk
  • Phillipe Niemtz, New York Aikikai
  • John O’Connor, Long Island Aikikai
  • Jonathan Olson, Aikikai de L’Universite Laval
  • Sandra Parker, Aikido of Prescott
  • Jason Parsons, Kern River Aikikai
  • Anthea Pascaris, Bermuda Aikikai
  • Jason Pepe, Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • Jason Perna, Aikido of Center City
  • Karen Peterson, Aikido of Northampton
  • Cedric Pilgrim, Dutch Carribean Aikido
  • Stefan Pisocki, Diamond State Aikido
  • Edward Pincus, Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • Evie Pond, Central New Brunswick Aikikai
  • John Porter, Vicksburg Aikikai
  • Aaron Poteet, Aikido of Austin
  • Brian Potter, Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Ted Powers, Aiki O-Kami Society
  • Neil Quigley, Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Ismael Rangel, Aikido of Austin
  • Mark Reichert, Cornell Aikido Club
  • Chuck Renner, Springfield Aikido Club
  • Michael Robinson, Bermuda Aikikai
  • Victor Rodriguez, City Aikido of Los Angeles
  • Vidhya Rojanovongie, New York Aikikai
  • Kevin Roland, Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Herve Rouxel, Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Joseph Roy, Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Michele Ruschhaupt, Oak Hill Aikido
  • Rain Sadkane, The Sadkane School of Aikido
  • Samuel Santiago, Aikido Chiheisen
  • Acxel Saravia, Lenape Aikikai
  • Juan Sampayo Sarraga, San Juan Aikikai
  • Mary Dee Seabolt, Aikido Center of Jacksonville
  • James Shaffer, Long Beach Island Aikikai
  • Garn G. Sherman, Jr., West Georgia Aikikai
  • Edward Shockley, Aikikai of Philadelphia
  • Jeff Silverman, Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • James Sinnott, Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Don Slater, Georgia Southern University Aikido Club
  • Tinka Sloss, Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Randall Smith, Florida Aikikai
  • Jay Stallman, Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • John P. Strouss, Fairfield Iowa Aikikai
  • Janice Taitel, Aikido Center of Dover
  • Robert Temple, Aikido of Central New York
  • Derrell Thomas, Newark Aikido
  • John Thompson, Aikido of Denton
  • Robert Velez, New York Aikikai
  • Jeffrey Vernis, Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Christopher Walla, Aikido of Houston
  • Jonathan Weiner, Aikido of Charlotte
  • Ralph Wemberly, Aikido of Staten Island
  • Naomi Wenworth, Midwest Aikido Center
  • Bill Whittar, Zanshin Aikido School
  • Claire Widen, Asheville Aikikai
  • Jeremy Wojcik, Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Andrew Woods, Open Sky Aikikai
  • Kiyoshi Yasutake, Midwest Aikido Center
  • Yordan Yordanov, Aikido of New Orleans

Fukushidoin is an assistant teacher certification granted to those who have been a nidan for at least 1 year. The applicant must teach class on a regularly scheduled basis. They may test kyu ranks up to and including 1st Kyu.

In order to apply for Fukushidoin, the applicant must be recommended by either a Fukushidoin, Shidoin or Shihan. The purpose of this title is to grant the Chief Instructor of a dojo the ability to test his or her own students and therefore to promote growth within the dojo. It is not a reward, given solely on the basis of rank, and will not be granted for that purpose. This teaching certification will be awarded only on an as needed basis. The status of all applying and renewing Fukushidoin is subject to review by the Technical Committee.

In order to maintain certification, Fukushidoin must attend one major seminar each year and attend the class for instructors that may be offered at that seminar. In addition, they must attend a second seminar taught by a member of the Technical Committee in the same calendar year.

USAF Shihan


                    USAF Shihan

                 (updated 1/12/2014)

 

 

 

  • Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, New York Aikikai
  • Akira Tohei Shihan, Midwest Aikido Center, In Memoriam
  • Mitsunari Kanai Shihan, New England Aikikai, In Memoriam
  • Sugano Seiichi Shihan, New York Aikikai, In Memoriam
  • Eddie Hagihara Shihan, Long Island Aikikai
  • Harvey Konigsberg Shihan, Woodstock Aikido
  • Claude Berthiaume Shihan, Aikido de la Montagne
  • Peter Bernath Shihan, Florida Aikikai
  • Donovan Waite Shihan, Aikido of Center City
  • Andy Demko Shihan, New Castle Aikikai
  • Robert Zimmermann Shihan, Toronto Aikikai
  • Mike Abrams Shihan, New York Aikikai
  • Steve Pimsler Shihan, New York Aikikai
  • Robert Workoff Shihan, New York Aikikai
  • Rick Stickles Shihan, Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Hal Lehrman Shihan, Aikido of Park Slope
  • Larry Bieri Shihan, Finger Lakes Aikido
  • Ariff Mehter Shihan, Aikido of Cincinnati
  • David Farrell Shihan, Framingham Aikikai
  • David Halprin Shihan, Framingham Aikikai
  • Linda Lee Vecchio Shihan, Aikido of Cleveland
  • Luqman Abdul Hakeem Shihan, Aikido School of Maghreb
  • George Kennedy Shihan, Aikido Centers of Atlanta
  • Bernard Mulligan Shihan, Shodokan
  • Michael Sheahon Shihan, Greater Hartford Aikikai
  • Henry Smith Shihan, Aikikai of Philadelphia
  • Richard Stroud Shihan, MIT Aikido Club
  • Dermot McDonald Shihan, Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Raymond Farinato Shihan, Aikido of Fairfield County
  • Irvin Faust Shihan, Albany Aikido
  • Douglas Firestone Shihan, Aikido of Westchester
  • Charlie McGinnis Shihan, Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Edward Peteroy Shihan, USAF Academy Aikido Club
  • Joel Posluns Shihan, North Vancouver Aikikai
  • Robert Saad Shihan, Aikido de la Montagne
  • Frank Wong Shihan, Aikido Curacao
  • T.K. Lee Shihan, Aikido of Houston
  • Larry Levitt Shihan, Valley Aikido
  • Dennis Meno Shihan, Suncoast Aikido
  • Joseph Nemeth Shihan, Aikido of Nassau County
  • Gordon Sakamoto Shihan, Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Peter Tamagni Shihan, Vinland Aikikai
  • Darrell Tangman Shihan, Augusta Aikido Club

USAF Shidoin

 

 

        USAF Shidoin

(updated 8/12/2014)

 

 

  • Ali Abdul Hakeem, Aikido School of Maghreb
  • Heidi Albright, Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • Nelson Andujar, Nations Aikikai
  • Greg Angus, Naka Ima
  • Tim Antrim, Southside Aikido Club
  • Damon Apodaca, Santa Fe Budokan
  • Ramin Arvin, Naka Ima Aikikai
  • Tariq Baig, Florida Aikikai
  • James Baker, Aikido of Norfolk
  • Theodore Banta, Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Ty Barker, Portland Aikikai
  • Knut Bauer, Central Illinois Aikikai
  • Susanne Beisert, Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Peggy Berger, Aikido of Columbus
  • Philip Berrios, Aikido Chiheisen
  • Penny Bernath, Florida Aikikai
  • Thomas Berry, Kyowva Aikikai
  • Jo Birdsong, Aikido of Austin
  • David Birt, Davis Aikikai
  • Calvin Blanchard, Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Fiona Blyth, Boston Aikika
  • Barbara Britton, Framingham Aikikai
  • Glenn Brooks, Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Paul Buchanan, Aikido of Ty-Co-Lan
  • Jocelyne Caron, Aikikai de L’Universite Laval
  • Skip Chapman, Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • John Chiarolanzio, Aikido of New Paltz
  • Fabio Chirinos, Aikido de la Montagne
  • Anthony Chong, Aikido Curacao
  • Christopher Clark, Portland Aikido
  • James Constable, Lunenburg Aikikai
  • Gene Corman, Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Debra Crampton, New York Aikikai
  • Christopher Crandall, Raleigh Aikikai
  • Daniel Delaney, Kitsap Aikido
  • Jesus Delgado-Arias, Miami Aikikai
  • Andrew L. Demko, New Castle Aikikai
  • Patricia W. Demko, New Castle Aikikai
  • Karen De Paola, Skylands Aikikai
  • Edmund DiMarco, Lake County Aikikai
  • Liz Dinowitz, Monadnock Aikikai
  • Maria Cristina Dumlao, Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Sharon Dominguez,  New York Aikikai
  • Byron Eddy, Litchfield Hills Aikikai
  • Dana Egan,  New York Aikikai
  • Brian Ericksen, Heaven and Earth Aikido
  • Anthony Fiore, Aikido of Chester County
  • Paul Forhan, Aikido of El Paso
  • Julia Freedgood, Valley Aikido
  • Richard Gibbs, Aikido of Houston
  • Paul Glavine, Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Pierre Gosselin, Aikikai de L’Universite Laval
  • Larry Graham, Kansas City Aikido School
  • Malory Graham, Puget Sound Aikikai
  • Darrell Grant, Southern Maryland Aikido Center
  • James Graves, City Aikido of Los Angeles
  • Chester Griffin, Long Beach Island Aikikai
  • Vu Xuan Ha, Boston Aikikai
  • Sioux Hall, Harvard Aikido Club
  • Patrick Hardesty, Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Alicia Hardesty-Cordero, Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Motier Haskins, Fairfield Iowa Aikikai
  • James Hatter, Aikido of Cleveland
  • Jack Hayes, Minnesota Aikikai
  • Emmanuel Herzog, Florida Aikikai
  • Jeff Hilland, Aikido of Houston
  • Colleen Hogan, Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Damir Jamsek, Austin Aikikai
  • Stephen Jesberger, Mohawk Valley Aikido
  • John Johnson, Orlando Aikikai
  • Ayal Joshua, Miami Aikikai
  • James Kahn,  New York Aikikai
  • Sharon Kanai, New England Aikikai
  • Yukiko Katagiri, Cornell Aikido Club
  • Steven Kaufman, Open Sky Aikikai
  • Claire Keller, New York Aikikai
  • Spiros Koyanis, Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Salvatore LaCorte, North Coast Aikikai
  • Grady Lane, Brevard Aikikai
  • Rock Lazo, Kenosha Aikikai
  • T.K. Lee, Aikido of Houston
  • Larry Levitt, Valley Aikido
  • Jory Liebman, Aikido of Greensboro
  • Paul Linden, Aikido of Columbus
  • Matthias Lynch, Glen Ellyn Aikido Club
  • Dennis Main, Aikido of Charlotte
  • Paul Manogue, Aikido of Raritan Valley/Ren Sei Kan
  • Cliff Marcus, Aikido of Nassau County
  • Lynn Marshall, Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Todd Martin, Aikido of Northampton
  • Robert Mason, Aikido of Dallas
  • Kevin McDonald, Fudoshin Aikikai of Newfoundland
  • William McDonald, Fudoshin Aikikai
  • William McLuskie, Water Oak Aikikai
  • Michael McNally, Hoboken Aikikai
  • Yousuf A. Mehter, Aikido of Central New York
  • Denis Meno, Suncoast Aikido
  • Karen Meno, Suncoast Aikido
  • Thomas Milucci, Aikido of Fairfield County
  • Brian Mizerak, Woodstock Aikido
  • Deborah Monteleone, Suffolk Aikikai
  • Eugene Monteleone, Suffolk Aikikai
  • Richard Morrison, Center Island Aikido
  • Noel Murphy, Alamo Heights Aikido
  • Junya Nakatsugawa,  New York Aikikai
  • Masako Nakatsugawa, Syracuse Aikido Club
  • Richard Nardi, Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Wassim Nehme, Myoho Aikido Vermont
  • Eugene Nelson, Florida Aikikai
  • Joseph Nemeth, Aikido of Nassau County
  • Cong Nguyen, Aikido of Central New York
  • Kazuho Nishida, City Aikido of Los Angeles
  • David Norton, Pax River Aikikai
  • Marie Numata, Princeton Aikikai
  • Masashi Numata, Princeton Aikikai
  • Yoko Okamoto, Portland Aikikai
  • Eugene O’Connor, Bermuda Aikikai
  • Jane Ozeki, New York Aikikai
  • Larry Ozenberger, Aikido of New Orleans
  • Daniel Palmer, Asheville Aikikai
  • Michael Patino, Florida Aikikai
  • Howard Pashenz, Suffolk Institute for Eastern Studies
  • Laura Jacobs Pavlick, Litchfield Hills Aikikai
  • Arturo Peal, Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Gentil Penewaert, Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Ruth Peyser,  New York Aikikai
  • Adam Pilipshen, Long Island Aikikai
  • Benjamin Pincus, Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • Gustavo Ramos, Miami Aikikai
  • Jonathan Reid, Aikido of Central New York
  • Eliot Rifkin, Miami Aikikai
  • Keith Rosello,  New York Aikikai
  • Saul Rosenberg, Long Island Aikikai
  • Herve Rouxel, Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Gerard Roy, Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Youssef Sadkane, The Sadkane School for Aikido
  • Gordon Sakamoto, Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Edward Schechtman, Suffolk Institute of Eastern Studies
  • Tina Shepard, New York Aikikai
  • Wayne Sherman, Aikido of Johston
  • Sidney Shiba, Aikido of Plano
  • Jeffrey Shimonski, Florida Aikikai
  • Gail Harold Skinner, Aikido of the Canyonlands
  • Collins Smith, Bermuda Aikikai
  • Jose Soriano, PAPA Aikido USA
  • James Soviero, Aikido of Red Bank
  • Sidney Spencer, Aiki O’Kami Society
  • Blue Spruell, Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • William Staub, Waianae Aikikai
  • Marilyn St. John, Woodstock Aikido
  • Edwin Stearns, Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Nizam Taleb, Lenape Aikikai
  • Darrell Tangman, Augusta Aikido Club
  • Kevin Templer, Aikido of San Antonio
  • Jayne Thompson, Minnesota Aikikai
  • John Thompson, Indian River Aikikai
  • Geraldine Tremblay, Waianae Aikikai
  • Walter Van Enck, Midwest Aikido Center
  • Eran Vardi, Aikido of Ramapo Valley
  • Javier Vazquez, San Juan Aikikai
  • Joe Verville, San Francisco Aikikai
  • Bonnie Veysey, Harvard Aikikai
  • Alex Vieira, Skylands Aikikai
  • Richard Wagener, Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Robert Ward, Aikido of Prescott
  • Robert Whelan, Shodokan
  • Robert Wilcox, Kingston Aikido
  • Edward Williams, Vineland Aikikai
  • Art Wise, Evanston Aikido Center
  • Christine Wong, Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Gordon Wormser, Aikido of Park Slope
  • Donald Wyckoff, Asheville Aikikai
  • Ken Yamazaki, NY Eastside Aikikai
  • Gina Zarrilli, New York Aikikai
  • Paul Zimet,  New York Aikikai
  • Jerry Zimmerman, Aikido of North Jersey

Shidoin is certification granted to an instructor who has had yondan for at least 1 year, and is a regularly scheduled instructor at the dojo. It is usually given only to the Chief Instructor, and the appointment of more then one shidoin in a dojo will be reviewed as to its necessity. A Shidoin may test up to and including 1st kyu alone. In order to test a student for shodan and nidan rank, there must be at least 2 Shidoin on the testing committee. Sandan and above must test in front of a Shihan.

In order to apply for Shidoin, the applicant must be recommended by either a Shidoin or Shihan. The purpose of this title is to grant the Chief Instructor of a dojo the ability to test his or her own students and therefore to promote growth within the dojo. It is not a reward, given solely on the basis of rank, and will not be granted for that purpose. This teaching certification will be awarded only on an as needed basis. The status of all applying and renewing shidoin is subject to review by the Technical Committee.

In order to maintain certification, Shidoin must attend one major seminar each year and attend the class for instructors that may be offered at that seminar. In addition, they must attend a second seminar taught by a member of the Technical Committee in the same calendar year.

Summer Camp Photos Are Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the USAF Summer Camp album is now available for viewing.  We are deeply grateful to Jaime Kahn, whose amazing talent has provided a permanent collection of  images which so beautifully capture the camp experience.  All photos are available for purchase.  Please proceed to the Recent link at www.kahn.zenfolio.com to view the beginning of the new USAF archives.

In Memory of Nick Kraus Sensei, Vicksburg Aikikai

We are sorry to announce the passing of Nick Kraus Sensei, Godan. Kraus Sensei touched the lives of many people in his years of aikido and here is one written by Ray Farinato, Aikido of Fairfield County:

Practicing aikido brings us into contact with many wonderful people, some who we may have missed because they did not draw attention to themselves. Recently the aikido community lost one of its ‘good guys’ and a very dear friend to me. I’d like to offer this small remembrance of my sempai Nick Kraus, who at the time of his passing was the former dojo cho and founder of Vicksburg Aikikai in Vicksburg, Mississippi where lived with his dear wife Kinu.

I had the pleasure of coming under Nick’s wing in the late 1970’s while training at Hombu dojo in Shinjuku. He had been living and training in Japan since the mid 1970’s and well understood my plight of making my way through Japanese culture and negotiating the right mix of aikido training, professional development and simply enjoying life. Nick not only introduced me (and Mike Sheahon) to special training with sensei Seijuro Masuda, but he helped me get a job with the engineering firm where he was employed. It turned out that we had several interests in common and he welcomed me with his characteristic enthusiasm into all of those corners of his life.

After a year in Japan I returned to the US, Nick and Kinu remained in Japan for several years, and we had only occasional communication. He had to cease aikido training due to his physical situation, and recast his unflinching effort into weapons training and his professional life as a costal engineer. Twenty years later we reconnected and unsurprisingly Nick had made significant positive contributions in both those facets of his life. He was lauded by his academic colleagues for his contributions in coastal research and engineering, and grew a dedicated group of martial artists in his hometown, where he established Vicksburg Aikikai. Both of those communities benefited greatly from the life he breathed into them.

Nick brought a spirit of budo to everything he did. He was fearless about challenging people to consider whether what they were doing made sense. This guiding principle, which he applied to himself even more so than to others, honed the spirits of those people who were willing to hang on for the ride and rise to the challenge. He always gave me good advice since I knew he had my best interests at heart. I cherish the strength of his committed and kind personality, and will miss him dearly.

New England Aikikai’s Seminar June 2011

Students from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada, of course Massachusetts, and even Florida, were in attendance at the June 11 & 12 weekend seminar at New England Aikikai.  The mat was full of energy and excitement with intensive training and focus on the powerful, dynamic, and beautiful world-class Aikido of Donovan Waite Shihan…instruction delivered with the love, warmth, patience, and kindness as embodied in the spirit of Aikido!

View the album of seminar photos

The Georgia Southern University Aikido Club Seminar April 2011

On Saturday, 16 April 2011 Darrell Tangman, Rokudan, and Lamar Sanders, GoDan, conducted a seminar and a promotional exam for the members of the Georgia Southern University Aikido Club.  Seven students earned promotion.  Two guests from the Aikido Center of Savannah and one guest from the Augusta Aikido Club also attended.

The Georgia Southern University Aikido Club trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to Noon.  Any Aikidoka visiting the area are welcome to train with the Georgia Southern University Aikido Club.  Please contact the instructor for arrangements:  dslater@georgiasouthern.edu .

Thank you for attending Summer Camp 2011

Dear Camp Participants,

I have just returned from France and Germany, which finally ends my long summer of traveling and teaching seminars.  One of the highlights of my summer was being at our camp, seeing everyone training hard and then enjoying the hotel pools and hot tub, as well as the relaxing social time around dinner and throughout the evenings.

I would like to thank you for attending our 2011 USAF Summer Camp. Your presence helped to make this year’s camp a wonderful experience for everyone involved. As you know, Osawa Sensei has agreed to be our guest instructor again next year along with our USAF Shihan and featured Shidoin.  We are in the process of planning next year’s camp and as soon as we have all the details, we will announce them so that you will have plenty of time to plan for 2012.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you again next year.

With sincere thanks,

Yamada Sensei