Archives for 2011

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: .

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

USAF Summer Camp Scholarship Raffle

Dear Aikidoka,

It’s that time of year again.  Tis’ the season to pack up the dogi and hakama and head to Summer Camp!

It’s also the season to donate a prize to the Summer Camp Scholarship Raffle! The Scholarship Raffle is a fun Camp activity that showcases the generosity and talent our aikidoka have off the mat. More importantly, the proceeds from the Raffle fund scholarships allow us to bring Camp within reach of aikidoka who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend.

No prize is too small and it’s never too late to donate. Examples of current and past prizes include; jewelry, skin care products, gi bags, weapons, free attendance at seminars, wine, artwork and massage therapy. The donation process is simple. To make a donation, visit the Camp section of the USAF website and click the “donate” link for the instructions and form. Any questions you have about donating a prize can be directed to Shawn Dansby at

So, while you are making that to do list before Camp, please consider adding a raffle donation. The Summer Camp Scholarships are not possible without your help!



Barbara Britton

Christine Wong

Shawn Dansby


USAF Summer Camp Raffle Committee


Summer Camp Information

Dear Aikido Community,

Thank you to those of you who have registered to attend Summer Camp 2011! You can now access the tentative schedule on our website,

As you may know, registration for full week or half week attendance is now closed, but day participants are encouraged to register online up to the day they arrive to help avoid lines and create a smooth process.  However, we are still receiving inquiries from people who have not yet registered but would like to attend camp and stay at the hotel. At this time, we have someone looking to stay for the first half week and one for the full week. We are unable to accommodate them since there are no more rooms available at the hotel.  If you would like to reduce your cost by adding a roommate, please let us know. We will keep your name on a list in case we are contacted by someone looking to attend.

If this is your first time attending camp at the Seaview Hotel and Resort, here are a few helpful hints:

  • bring a bathing suit – there’s an indoor and outdoor pool and hot tub
  • the dojo is in the hotel – you can get changed in your room
  • in addition to the breakfast and dinner served with the camp package, there is a bar/grill where you can buy lunch, sandwiches are sold pool-side, and  a $12 all-you-can-eat buffet lunch will be available daily.
  • there are no washing machines, but there is a laundromat down the street
  • there is a bar/lounge area in the lobby where we can all congregate at night
  • everything is air-conditioned – bring a sweatshirt
  • there will be a camp store where you can but a new dogi
  • bring your weapons – weapons class will be held outside

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in 2 weeks!

Laura and Paige


Summer Camp Schedule as of 7/8/2011

The schedule for summer camp is now available.  Click here to view the schedule effective 7/8/2011.  Please remember that the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Summer Camp Registration Deadline

Registration for Summer Camp 2011 will close on Sunday, July 10th.  This does NOT include day registrations.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who is interested in attending camp. We look forward to having another fabulous week and thank you for your assistance!  Stay tuned to the USAF Summer Camp FB page for further announcements.


Dan Promotions 1/16/2011 – 5/15/2011

Dan Promotions

Test applications dated betweenJanuary 16, 2011 and May 15, 2011




  • Eric Abraham – Kern River Aikikai
  • Alan Crosby – Aikido of Summit
  • Chris Hatlestad – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Channing Henderson – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • James Hyde – Aikido of Charlotte
  • Perry Ivy – Jonesboro Aikido
  • Dean Karres – Central Illinois Aikikai
  • James Patterson – Columbia Aikikai
  • David Ruvola – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Niles Ryan – Davis Aikikai
  • Robert Scheerer – Blue Springs Aikido School
  • Andrew Spence – Bermuda Aikikai
  • Gerald Spracklin – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Charles Traverse – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland


  • Milan Dukic  – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Dmitry Khavich – Princeton Aikikai
  • William Kopko – New Castle Aikikai
  • Efren Marchene Jr. – Dutch Caribbean Aikido
  • Steve Nelson – Aikido of Norfolk
  • Alex Nelson – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • David Petrik – Aikido of Dallas
  • Tobin Sobaski – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Janice Taitel – Aikido Center of Dover
  • George Warner – Twin Cities Aikido Center


  • Peter Aldrich – Bermuda Aikikai
  • James Baptiste – Bermuda Aikikai
  • David Becker – Puget Sound Aikikai
  • Scott Brown – Aikido of Dallas
  • Aaron Cass – Portsmouth Aikido
  • Michael Cundall Jr. – Aikido of Greensboro Aikikai
  • Frensley Kemper – Dutch Caribbean Aikido
  • John Manderson – Bermuda Aikikai
  • Gary Nan Tie – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Anthea Pascaris – Bermuda Aikikai
  • Michael Robinson – Bermuda Aikikai


  • Mary Fuller – Commonwealth Aikikai
  • Paul Glavine – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland


Important Summer Camp Announcement

The USAF Summer Camp 2011 is only five weeks away! At this time, we have 2 very important announcements to make.

1: The hotel has indicated that the rooms blocked for the second half week of camp are filling up quickly, so please do not wait to register. Please visit our online site to register or download the forms.

2: Registration will close Sunday July 10th, 2011. As of that date room availability and hotel rates are not guaranteed. Please contact Laura or Paige after the 10th if you have not yet registered and wish to attend camp.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who is interested in attending camp. We look forward to having another fabulous week and thank you for your assistance!


Laura Pavlick (

Paige Chapman (

New England Aikikai Children’s Class Promotions

On April 9th, 2011 New England Aikikai held promotions for 20 children from their children’s program.  They all did a wonderful job, and the dojo members were on the mat supporting their efforts.

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