Harvey Konigsberg Sensei – A New Documentary

Dear Aikido friends,

We are delighted to announce that the documentary about Harvey Konigsberg Shihan’s subtle understanding of the nuances of Aikido is now complete. Aikido, Life, Art and Harmony: An Interview with Harvey Konigsberg Sensei can be purchased through his website, harveykonigsbergart.com

The running time is a little over an hour. You can see a preview here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ByVUQ71bC4VD-i8aPzlJ3MQ8HW3Ykbxh/view

Enjoy!

Kali Hewitt-Blackie

Regent Park Community Aikido

Dan Promotion Applications Mailed to Aikikai April 15th, 2019

Test applications mailed to Aikikai Hombu Dojo on April 15th, 2019 for registration of  dan rank

 

 

Shodan

  • Daniiar Akmatov – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Lori Basiewicz – Sangamon
  • Derrick Doose – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Alice Fairfield – Greater Hartford Aikikai
  • Matthew Ladenheim – Aikido of Charlotte
  • Roberto Montemayor – Aikido of Houston
  • Brian Nicholson – Lunenburg Aikikai
  • Douglas Pickard – Greater Hartford Aikikai
  • Matthew Weldin – Seattle Aikikai
  • Benjamin Wood – Open Sky Aikikai

Nidan

  • Judith Csiky – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Stephanie Curnoe – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Paolo Andrea Dalla Fina – Notting Hill Aikikai
  • Sean Gallagher – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Fatima Hayes – Chushin Aikikai
  • Danielle Hyatt – Seattle Aikikai
  • Francisco Ibarra – Aikido of Houston
  • May Lane – Woodstock Aikido
  • Thomas Lee – Seattle Aikikai
  • Chad Lindsay – Chushin Aikikai
  • Gary Miller – Finger Lakes Aikido
  • David Oskardmay – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Amanda Page – Seattle Aikikai
  • Colleen Pattillo – Seattle Aikikai
  • Colette Phillips – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Mahika Rangnekar – Seattle Aikikai
  • Matthew Unger – Skylands Aikikai
  • Charlie Wilson – Lunenburg Aikikai
  • Tom Worsnopp – Aikido of Park Slope

Sandan

  • Stanley Mitchell – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta

Yondan

  • Peter Aldrich – Bermuda Aikikai
  • David Becker – Seattle Aikikai
  • Andrew DePippo – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Rejean Gauthier – Aikikai de L’Universite Laval
  • John Manderson – Bermuda Aikikai
  • David Pena – Albany Aikido

Dan Promotions Mailed to Aikikai August 19th – December 31st, 2018

Test applications mailed to Aikikai Hombu Dojo between August 19th 2018 and December 31st, 2018 (some listings represent applications prior to Hombu approval)

 

 

Shodan

  • Eric Anderson – Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Jonath Bengston – Aikido of Dallas
  • Steven Bickers – Central Illinois Aikikai
  • Keith Braddy – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Jeffrey Chi – New York Aikikai
  • Yew Choo – Aikido of Dallas
  • William Crupi – Florida Aikido Center
  • Hussein Daaboul – Aikido of Dallas
  • Alex Demic – Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Sarah Dutton – Water Oak Aikikai
  • Steven Evans – Peachtree Aikikai
  • Avon Harrie – Nations Aikikai
  • Peter Hennes – Aikido of Westchester
  • Michael Holt – Aikido North Jersey
  • Donovan Ingram – Aikido of Dallas
  • Nicholas Katzenberger – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Julia Khavich – Princeton Aikikai
  • Elias Kort – Aikido of Raritan Valley
  • Michael Lambert – Florida Aikikai
  • Anastasia Levie-Sprick – Peachtree Aikikai
  • Elena London – Hoboken Aikikai
  • Theresa Lynch – Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Paula Marcet – Peachtree Aikikai
  • John Paul Marsten – Peachtree Aikikai
  • Fulvio Mateo – New York Aikikai
  • Madhu Pradhan – Central Illinois Aikikai
  • Bruce Profsky – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Gil Rech – Aikido of Houston
  • Sean Robertson – New York Aikikai
  • Angel Rodriguez – Princeton Aikikai
  • Joseph Salerno – Aikido of Westchester
  • Ira Schwart – Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Taehiko Serai – Aikido of Westchester
  • Michael Shane – Bushwick Aikido
  • Brian Smith – Aikido of Amherst
  • Anthony Sowanski – Aikido of Raritan Valley
  • Phillip Tenaglia – Princeton Aikikai
  • John Thompson – Aikido of Denton
  • Manuel Trejo – Miami Aikikai

Nidan

  • Reynaldo Abreu – Miami Aikikai
  • Jozaghi Mohammad Ali – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Cary Bakker – Florida Aikikai
  • Knut Bauer – Central Illinois Aikikai
  • David Beebe – Framingham Aikikai
  • Paul Boccia – Aikido of Westchester
  • Patricia Brosnan – Aikido of Westchester
  • LeAnne Browning – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Luis Caceres – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Philip Cappelo – New York Aikikai
  • Bradford Edwards – Florida Aikikai
  • Anna Gallagher – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Parviz Ghahramani – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Susan Hauser – Austin Aikikai
  • Daniel Herak – Florida Aikikai
  • David Hernandez – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Marla Lender – Summit View Aikido
  • Robert Macpherson – Florida Aikikai
  • Jason Marrero – New York Aikikai
  • Estelle Ostro – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Srinivasan Pillaipakkam – Nations Aikikai
  • Christian Rauh – Florida Aikikai
  • Michael Schumacher – Pax River Aikikai
  • Mitsuko Spruell – Peachtree Aikikai
  • Jeffrey Stueve 0 Nations Aikikai
  • Christopher Torres – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Douglas Willcox – Portsmouth Aikido
  • Derek Wilson – New York Aikikai

Sandan

  • Robert Allen – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Mark Broderick – Peachtree Aikikai
  • Carlos Del Pino – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • John Duke – Southernmost Aikikai
  • Christopher Hawke – Litchfield Hills Aikikai
  • Sachiyo Hotta – Aikido of Westchester
  • Ignacio Mena – NY Eastside Aikikai
  • Marcos Menendez – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Alexander Milton – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Alfred Pittman – Aikido Center of Jacksonville
  • Thomas Reynolds – Framingham Aikikai
  • Christian Rodriguez – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Dale Roznowski – Aikido of Hernando County
  • Patrick Scott – New York Aikikai
  • Lev Shakhtmeyster – New York Aikikai
  • Stephanie Spiller – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  •  Jean-Marc Walker – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Joseph Zinnes – Skylands Aikikai

Yondan

  • Lawrence Aarons – New York Aikikai
  • David Cody – Aikido of New Orleans
  • Anthony Thomas Di Bartolo – Aikido of Nassau County
  • James Gavin – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Ivan Guerra – Aikido of Westchester
  • Peter Gundy – Aikido of Westchester
  • Reynold Holt – New York Aikikai
  • Oscar Ortega Izquierdo – Pinellas County Aikido
  • Linna Lee – New York Aikikai
  • Andy Madrid – New York Aikikai
  • Glenn Murray – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Bob Riester – Florida Aikikai
  • Linda Robbins – New York Aikikai
  • Vidhya Rojanavongse – New York Aikikai
  • Richard Sarris – Long Island Aikikai
  • Ra’kaa Shabaka – New York Aikikai
  • Scott Shaw – Fairfield Iowa Aikikai
  • Gleb Shumyatsky – New York Aikikai
  • Charles Wood – Aikido of Nassau County

Aikido Journal Interview with Yamada Sensei

As quoted in Aikido Journal: “In 1955, Yoshimitsu Yamada was accepted to the Hombu Dojo uchi deshi program (live-in apprentice) at age 18. He studied directly under the founder, as well as Kissomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Kisaburo Osawa and other legendary masters. Yamada Shihan (8th dan) came to the United States in 1964 and has been one of the most important and influential instructors and ambassadors for the art of aikido in the United States and across the globe. He is chief instructor of the New York Aikikai and chief instructor and technical director of the United States Aikido Federation, the largest aikido organization in the United States. In March 2019, Yamada Sensei sat down with Josh Gold to share his thoughts with the Aikido Journal community.”

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2019 USAF Summer Camp Registration Is Open!

We are excited to once again host Yamada Sensei, Osawa Sensei, the USAF Technical Committee and Instructors for our 2019 Summer Camp  

from Sunday, July 28th to Saturday, August 3th.
We will be returning to the newly renovated Seaview Dolce Hotel, located at 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey. To accommodate Aikido camp participants, their family and friends, the hotel has blocked off a number of rooms at a discounted rate, including a very limited number of rooms for arrival prior to camp on Saturday, July 27th.

You are encouraged to register for a Camp Package and book your hotel room as soon as possible. Although you will have to pay for your Camp Package in full  at the time of registration, you will not incur charges for your hotel reservation until your actual stay. The DEADLINE for registration is Friday, June 21st but the blocked off USAF discounted hotel rooms may be fully occupied prior to the deadline. Information about purchasing day fees can be found through the registration link below.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: DAN TESTING WILL BE HELD MID-WEEK (WEDNESDAY). IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON TESTING AT CAMP, MAKE SURE YOU BOOK YOUR PACKAGE ACCORDINGLY. TESTING AT CAMP FOR DAN RANK REQUIRES AT LEAST 1/2 WEEK CAMP ATTENDANCE.
Each year, the USAF allots scholarships to 10 recipients for the aikido-portion of camp.  We need your help in insuring that all USAF members are aware of this opportunity, and encourage you to share the information with all members at your dojo. The application and information can be found here: Scholarship Application (deadline was April 30th)
Our on-line site provides an easy registration process, and allows you to register more than one person at a time and complete your payment without leaving the site.
For more information and to proceed with your registration, click here:
We look forward to seeing you at camp!

 

USAF launches Youtube page!

We are excited to announce the launching of our official USAF YouTube channel! Past and future summer camp videos will be posted here, for free access to the aikido community and the general public.

2018 was the first camp where the footage was created for an internet presence, rather than a DVD. We will continue to explore how to best present our classes in this new format, and look forward to sharing the excellent instruction provided at our summer camps with aikidoka around the world.

Check out our page here and don’t forget to subscribe! Any help spreading the news would be appreciated!

 

 

 

 

Most Influential Person

My mentor is Sensei Faust who is my Aikido teacher. He is a 7th Dan black belt (Shihan), and he is one of the top ranked people in the world. He is also the very top ranked African-American Aikidoist in the United States Aikido Federation. He even holds rank in Karate, Kung Fu, and Tae Kwon Do. He has trained and taught here and in Japan. He teaches in clubs at RPI, he teaches home-schoolers, and he teaches at youth charities. He is also a veteran. He has inspired me by being the most accomplished person I know and made me want to try to get a rank higher than his and learn as much as I can.

When I first started it was for fun because I was only 5 or 6, but now I practice to learn to defend myself. He is hard on everyone in his class but he always makes sure we get it right. He is extremely persistent and never stops practicing himself. Learning Aikido under him taught me how to commit to something. I have been doing Aikido for 8 years now and am 5th kyu, meaning I am 5 tests away from black belt. I am one of the only two people to go through the entirety of the children’s class and graduate to the adult class. Everybody else either dropped out or stayed in the children’s class. Me and the other person are also the only kids in the adult class. Usually people at my rank are in their 30s-40s. I owe this entirely to my dad and Sensei Faust. He has been practicing so long it can be measured in decades. More than four to be exact. Plus, he is a part of the direct teaching lineage of the inventor of Aikido.

I recently tested for 5th kyu and made it through with a combination of his and my dad’s teaching and encouragement. When I was 6th kyu (the numbers go down as you get higher rank) he made sure that I worked on all of the techniques until I got them all to a degree where they wouldn’t be forgotten after the test. I am currently working towards 4th kyu and plan to get to black belt within the next few years. I will be a role model in the future by taking on some of Sensei’s traits. I will also teach at the dojo, hopefully with others I know. I will teach in a way that people will learn and remember to defend themselves. I will pass on his persistence to others. I will make sure I don’t stop practicing until I can’t anymore. I will also take these traits into my regular life. I know that he will definitely leave a permanent effect on my life and many others of multiple generations.

Nahjiim Engram

Albany Aikido

USAF Summer Camp 2019 Is Gearing up!

Save the date, stay alert, stay posted, and stay tuned. Information about registration will follow soon.

Another USAF summer camp not to be missed!

View flyer by clicking here

2018 Year At A Glance

We would like to share with you our 2018 year-end report that was circulated to USAF Chief Instructors.  The formatting is for a trifold brochure, so please take that into consideration when you review the content.  We hope you find it informative and wish you a wonderful 2019.

2018 Year At A Glance

New Year’s Recommendations 1-1-2019

The following list comprises the 2019 New Year’s recommendations for 5th dan and above, and Shihan.

 

The recently posted list on Aikikai Foundation’s website can be found here: Kagami Biraki Grading 2019

Godan 

  • David Babcock – New York Aikikai
  • Steve Bandy – Aikido of Dallas
  • Luis Cataldi – Raleigh Aikikai
  • John Chiarolanzio – Aikido of New Paltz
  • Shawn Dansby – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Alberto De La Pena – Aikido of Dallas
  • Brian Ericksen – Heaven and Earth Aikido
  • Laura Gabbe – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Jamal Granick – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Michael Grover – Florida Aikikai
  • Jean Laplante – Aikikai de l’Universite Laval
  • Joshua Layton – Monteregie Aikikai
  • Janet Lowe – Florida Aikikai
  • Meipo Martin – Capital Hill Aikikai
  • Charles Oaks – Aikido of Dallas
  • John O’Connor – Long Island Aikikai
  • Martin Perez – Toronto Aikikai
  • Thanh Vinh Pham – Aikido de la Montagne
  • John Porter – Aikikai of Philadelphia
  • Mark Reichert – Cornell Aikido Club
  • Ahmed Rhando – Aikido School of Maghreb
  • Mary Dee Seabolt – Aikido Center of Jacksonville
  • Alexander Sorisky – Ottawa Aikikai
  • William Stairs – Ottawa Aikikai
  • John Thompson – Aikido of Denton
  • Paul Tigh – Aikido of Dallas
  • Robert Vichnis – Aikido of Park Slope

Rokudan 

  • Thomas Berry – Aikido of Ashland
  • Fabio Chirinos – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Cong Nguyen – Summit View Aikido
  • Jonathan Reid – Aikido of Central New York
  • Edward Schechtman – Center Island Aikido
  • Jose Maxcen Soriana – PAPA Aikido Michigan
  • Kevin Templer – Aikido of San Antonio
  • Christine Wong – Aikido of Santa Barbara

Nanadan 

  • Douglas Firestone – Aikido of Westchester
  • George Kennedy – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • TK Lee – Aikido of Houston
  • Charles McGinnis – Aikido fo Cincinnati
  • Joel Posluns – North Vancouver Aikikai
  • Yoko Okamoto – Aikido Kyoto, Japan (a non-USAF dojo, but promoted by Yamada Sensei)

Shihan

  • Eugene Abarrategui – Aikido de la Montagne

 

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