At this time there are only 25 USAF discounted rooms left in the hotel for people purchasing full week camp packages (Sunday-Saturday).  If you plan on coming to camp for the full week, you should purchase your camp package and reserve your hotel room as soon as possible.


Also, the USAF room block has reached full capacity at the camp rate for the Saturday prior to camp (July 25th).  You may still reserve a room for Saturday, July 25th but at an increased rate of $209 plus tax which does not include breakfast on Sunday morning.

Please click here for more camp/hotel information and to proceed with your registration.

Best regards,


Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

Important USAF Camp Update











If you are planning on attending camp this year, we highly recommend you register for a camp package (half or full week) and make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to take advantage of the limited number of USAF discounted rooms still available.

Also, the Saturday prior to camp (July 25th) has a very limited number of rooms at the USAF discounted rate. The rate for Saturday, July 25th, will then increase to $209 (plus taxes & fees) and will not include breakfast on Sunday morning.

If you are not purchasing a camp package, you can pre-register as a day participant. There is no registration deadline for day participants.

Please click here for more camp/hotel information and to proceed with your registration.

Best regards,


Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

A Memorial Fund for Walter Van Enck, Chief Instructor of the Midwest Aikido Center

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of our friend, colleague, mentor, and Chief Instructor, Walter Van Enck. Walter dedicated his adult life to practicing and promoting aikido, both at the Midwest Aikido Center and various locales around the United States and the world.

Many  have asked whether donations will be taken in memory of our Chief Instructor Walter Van Enck. Walter’s sudden passing has created a multitude of challenges to his family.Therefore, some of his friends and family have set up a memorial fund to help the family at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made using the following link.

Click on this link to make a donation to Walter’s family.

Cash or check donations can also be made in person at the 2 memorial services, and will not be subject to the fundraising site’s processing fees.

Walter’s Memorial Service for friends and family will be held:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:00PM, Midwest Aikido Center


In order to accommodate the larger aikido community, there will also be a memorial for Walter at the dojo on Friday evening, April 24, 2015 in conjunction with the O-Sensei Memorial Seminar. More details to follow as they become available.

Please note that this will be a separate event from the memorial service on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015.

Seminar information can be found here



Midwest Aikido Center


Sioux Hall, Shihan – In memoriam

Sioux Hall, Chief Instructor of Harvard Aikikai and Muso Aikikai, passed from this world on February 6, 2015. She died in much the same way as she lived – peaceably, on her own terms, and with profound courage.

I knew Sioux for almost 35 years. I remember the first time I met her; she was ikkyu and I had just started practicing. She was practicing kokyu dosa with ferocity. Imagine that for a moment. As nage, she attacked with force (yes, I said ‘nage’), her bright red braid swinging wildly. In that moment, I thought to myself, “Now that is someone I have GOT to get to know.” Over the years, I saw her bind her shoulder with duct tape so it wouldn’t dislocate during practice, hold court with friends regaling them with Sensei stories, and practice hard …boy, did she practice hard… with fearlessness and abandon.

Over her aikido career, she was a constant, reliable and positive presence both on and off the mat. She was a consummate practitioner and teacher, yet she often operated in the background to make sure everything and everyone was taken care of. If you watched carefully after any summer camp class, Sioux was there; listening, sometimes giving suggestions on how to handle difficult situations, or showing how to properly tape an ankle. Did you ever wonder who arranged the flowers on the kamiza at summer camp? That’s right. She was the ikebana master at so many seminars, including summer camp.

In aikido and in life, so many of us have benefited from Sioux’s honesty, wisdom, kindness and generosity. People of all kinds were drawn to her, feeling her acceptance and warmth. She respected people of all abilities and was committed to creating a space for everyone to be able to fully participate in aikido regardless of age, gender or ability. A generous teacher, she could convey the essentials of aikido without being condescending. In particular, she was an advocate for women and children.

It’s the children I want to tell you about. Kids LOVED Sioux. She understood them completely and intuitively. The more they felt disconnected from the world, the more she was a bridge for them. In addition to teaching aikido to children and youth, she was also a counselor to troubled and disconnected kids. She was a trained professional with impressive university credentials. She was an expert in conventional terms. The credentials gave her access, but life gave her the real healing knowledge. She trusted that children knew deep down what they needed and wanted. Sioux believed from the bottom of her heart that children needed to have a voice, and she always conveyed to them how smart and clever, lovable and capable they are. She has had a profound impact on children beyond number. The legacy that Sioux leaves behind resides in those kids as they now mature (or have matured) into adulthood. They will be better aikidoists and better people for having been known and loved by her – as are we all.

I will miss you, dear friend.

For those of you who are able to attend, a party to celebrate Sioux’s life will be held on April 25 from 2 PM to 6 PM at the Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. There will be music, desserts, a cash bar and lots of memories of Sioux. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to or As we gather to celebrate her extraordinary life, please consider contributing a photo or a written personal memory of Sioux. These may be emailed to

By Bonnie Veysey, 6th Dan


2015 Summer Camp Is Open For Registration

Once again, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, located at 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey USA, will be the venue for the 2015 USAF Summer Camp beginning Sunday, July 26th and ending Saturday, August 1st. To accommodate Aikido camp participants and 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 25th.

You are encouraged to register for a Camp Package and book your hotel room as soon as possible. Although you will have to pay in full for your Camp Package 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 19h but the blocked off USAF discounted hotel rooms may be fully occupied prior to the DEADLINE.

For more information and to proceed with your registration, click here

We look forward to seeing you at camp!

Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

Summer Camp Update

We have recently been informed that Osawa Sensei will be undergoing shoulder surgery later this winter. Because of this, we are unable to confirm whether or not he will be able to attend our summer camp until later in the spring, when we learn more about his recovery. The class schedule will continue in its usual capacity and we suggest early registration and reservations so as to secure your place at camp.

We wish Osawa Sensei a speedy recovery and hope he will be able to join us for another wonderful week together. We will keep you posted as the situation progresses.




Dan Promotions May 16th 2014 – January 1st 2015

Test applications received and dated between May 16, 2014 and January 1, 2015 (some listings represent applications prior to Hombu approval).





  • Andre Aguilar – Naka Ima Aikikai
  • Mark Allen – New York Aikikai
  • George Bill Barnard – Aikido Of Dallas
  • Justin Barrett – Aikido Of Ramapo Valley
  • David Beebe – Framingham Aikikai
  • Zachary W. Biesanz – New York Aikikai
  • William T. Bresnihan – Florida Aikikai
  • Jesus Camaraza – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Frank Campione = Aikido Of Staten Island
  • Philip Capello – New York Aikikai
  • Christopher Chirco – Papa Aikido Usa
  • Nicholas Chirco – Papa Aikido Usa
  • Tadeusz Cisowski – Portland Aikido
  • Michael F. Coiro – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Sidney Contreras – Aikido North Jersey
  • Brehan Crawford – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Diana Edenburg – Florida Aikikai
  • Scott M. Fecteau – Lewiston Aikido/Willow
  • Jason T. Ferrell – Aikido Of Austin
  • Juan Carlos Figueroa – New York Aikikai
  • Jose Gonzalez – Aikido Schools Of New Jersey
  • Basia Halliop – Toronto Aikikai
  • Mike Harvey – Nations Aikikai
  • Daniel Herak – Florida Aikikai
  • Lawrence Howard – Albany Aikido
  • Amber Huntley – Aikido De La Montagne
  • Dwi Jaya – Toronto Aikikai
  • Fatima Johnson – Chushin Aikikai
  • Mohammad Jozaghi – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • David Jurasek – Naka Ima Aikikai
  • Petri Koskinen – Aikido Of Park Slope
  • Michelle Lefkowitz – Aikido Of Champlain Valley
  • Marla S. Lender – Aikido Of Central New York
  • Richard Lookshin – Florida Aikikai
  • Robert E. Maguire, Jr. – Aikido Of Red Bank
  • Andrew Manby – Framingham Aikikai
  • Xavier Matute – Monteregie Aikikai
  • Alex Metzger – Granite State Aikido Club
  • John P. Murdoch II – Aikido Of Red Bank
  • Bradford A. Myers – Framingham Aikikai
  • James Nachbaur – Capitol Hill Aikikai
  • Yaron  Nahum – New York Aikikai
  • Philip Natale –  Albany Aikido
  • Aleksey  Nuzhnov  - New York Aikikai
  • Burt Okamoto – Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Turner Osler -Aikido Of Champlain Valley
  • Benjamin Pelletier – New York Aikikai
  • Shailendra Pradhan – Central Illinois Aikikai
  • Rey Robles – Southern Maryland Aikido Center
  • Hiroaki Sasa – New York Aikikai
  • Robert Schriver – Aikido Of Park Slope
  • Robert Sinka – Aikido North Jersey
  • Mark J. Sisti – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Mitsuko Spruell – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Jeffrey Stueve – Nations Aikikai
  • Jay Tall – Aikido Of Park Slope
  • Katinka Titchenell – Pasadena Aikikai
  • Joseph J. Udovic – Aikido Of Cleveland
  • Matthew Unger – Skylands Aikikai
  • Oscar Vazquez – Nations Aikikai
  • Sara Veysey – New York Aikikai
  • Tom Warmath – Nations Aikikai
  • Dena Williams – New York Aikikai
  • Kate L. Wurtzel – Austin Aikikai
  • Nicholas Yee – Aikido Of Ramapo Valley


  • Minoru Akiyama – Aikido North Jersey
  • Paul Alexander – New York Aikikai
  • Robert Allen  - Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Neil Applebaum – New York Aikikai
  • Jonathan Beller – New York Aikikai
  • Adam Benilous – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Ameer Benno – Aikido Of Park Slope
  • David F. Breniak – Aikido Of Red Bank
  • Mark Brodbeck – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Judith L. Brown – Portland Aikido
  • Sheila C. Cahilig – Aikido Schools Of New Jersey
  • Yves C. Calderone – Aikido Of Ramapo Valley
  • Emily Cross – Aikido Of Champlain Valley
  • James Curcurato – New York Aikikai
  • Isabel De La Vega – Florida Aikikai
  • Carlos A. Del Pino – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Diane P. Dubois – Lewiston Aikido/Willow
  • Stephen Ferrari – New York Aikikai
  • Liam J. Finnegan – Nations Aikikai
  • Mario Gaerlan – Aikido North Jersey
  • John Guise – Aikido Of Red Bank
  • Sherwin Heath-Retemyer – New York Aikikai
  • Jennifer Henis – New York Aikikai
  • Greogory Hom – New York Aikikai
  • James Hyde – Aikido Of Charlotte
  • Michael Kamler – New York Aikikai
  • Stephen Lane – Aikido Of Champlain Valley
  • Khalid Laraki – Aikido Of Chester County
  • Anne Liao – Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Reuven Lirov – Pinellas County Aikikai
  • Eric Lopresti – New York Aikikai
  • Edgar J. Martinez – Miami Aikikai
  • Kimberly Mcneil – Aikido Of Champlain Valley
  • Stephen Mctague – Woodstock Aikido
  • Marcos J. Menendez – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Thomas Newcome – New York Aikikai
  • Joanna Oniszczuk – New York Aikikai
  • Jesus Pacheco – Florida Aikikai
  • Alfred B. Pittman – Aikido Center Of Jacksonville
  • Dmitriy Pozdnyakov – Woodstock Aikido
  • Edward Ramos – Florida Aikikai
  • Suzanne Rancourt – Albany Aikido
  • Scott Rothstein – New York Aikikai
  • Keith D. Russell – Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Patrick Scott – New York Aikikai
  • Ross Setlow  - Albany Aikido
  • Lev Shakhtmeyster – New York Aikikai
  • Neferti Tadair – New York Aikikai
  • James V. Vellocido – Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Robert Villamar – New York Aikikai
  • Joseph Zinnes – Skylands Aikikai
  • Scott R. Ackerson – Aikido Of Cleveland
  • Evelyn L. Acosta – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Alexander, E. Lee Jr. – Aikido Of Red Bank
  • Karen Clark – Aikido Of Champlain Valley
  • Lynn Crystal – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Jerry N. Dewees – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Joseph A. Dicarlo – Aikido North Jersey
  • Andrew Edelstein – Florida Aikikai
  • Alan  Fishbone  - New York Aikikai
  • Michael Fitzpatrick – Aikido Of Red Bank
  • Wendy Guyer – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Reynold  Hoyte – New York Aikikai
  • Kim Johnston – NY Eastside Aikikai
  • Jed Lavit – New York Aikikai
  • Brenda Mae Mcluskie – Water Oak Aikikai
  • John J. Montes  - New York Aikikai
  • Ramon Moralejo – New York Aikikai
  • Fumi Ono – Hoboken Aikikai
  • Todd S. Paul – Woodstock Aikido
  • Kevin J. Roland – Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Dmitry Snovalnikov – Aikido Of Austin
  • James A. Wendt – Lewiston Aikido/Willow
  • Ryan Wild – Aikido Of Ramapo Valley
  • Martin Wise – Mandala Aikido


  • Chad Chalileh -Aikido Of Ramapo Valley
  • Christopher Ednie – Aikido Of Red Bank
  • Kevin Farrell – Woodstock Aikido
  • Mark Goodman – Aikido Of Park Slope
  • Donna Grant – Southern Maryland Aikido Center
  • Katie Haywood – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Victor Hung – Aikido Of Colorado
  • Ray Kohl – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Wendy Kopka – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Chris J. Mills – Island Aikido
  • Keisuke Ogawa – Aikikai Of Philadelphia
  • Joseph F. Roy – Aikido Schools Of New Jersey
  • James Sinnott – Aikido Institute Of Newfoundland
  • Brian M. Sykes – North Coast Aikikai
  • William Tilles – Aikido Of Park Slope
  • Jeremy Wojcik – Aikido Center Of Atlanta
  • Donald J. Zdeb – Litchfield Hills Aikikai


  • Michael J. Gelb – Aikido Schools Of New Jersey
  • Bryan Golden – Woodstock Aikido
  • George Hemmings – St. Ives Aiki Dojo
  • Amy Kipp – Harvard Aikikai
  • Ralph Legnini – Woodstock Aikido
  • Michael  Martin – Capitol Hill Aikikai
  • Marcos Miranda – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Lynne Morrison – Florida Aikikai
  • Noriko Oba – New York Aikikai
  • Keith Rosello – New York Aikikai
  • Marilyn St. John – Woodstock Aikido
  • Harvey S. Wood-Cohan – Palm Beach Aikikai


  • Tariq Baig – Florida Aikikai
  • Skip Chapman – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Karen De Paola – Skylands Aikikai
  • Maria Cristina Dumlao – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Julia M. Freedgood – Valley Aikido
  • Malory A. Graham – Seattle Aikikai
  • Vu Xuan Ha – Boston Aikikai
  • Salvatore J. Lacorte – North Coast Aikikai
  • Dennis Main – Aikido Of Charlotte
  • Robert M. Mason – Aikido Of Dallas
  • Michael J. McNally – Hoboken Aikikai
  • Dale F. Nordenberg – Dogwood Aikikai – Bronx
  • Nizam Taleb – Lenape Aikikai
  • Eran Vardi – Aikido Of Ramapo Valley
  • Jerry B. Zimmerman – Aikido North Jersey

A Message Regarding Yamada Sensei’s Travel

To The Aikido Community, Students and Friends of Yamada Sensei,

Yamada Sensei has communicated with the aikido community through the US Aikido Federation, Europe, Australia and South America about his recent operation.

The operation was a success and Yamada Sensei is making exceptional progress in terms of regaining his pre-operative health. He continues to impress his medical team with his recovery. At the New York Aikikai he has resumed his full teaching schedule; the intensity and energy level of his classes have not diminished a bit.

That said, he is still in the recovery process. Yamada Sensei’s doctors would like his strength, conditioning and healing to proceed unimpeded so that his recovery will be full and complete. They have urged him to restrict his exhaustive travel schedule for the next several months in order for that to happen. Ideally it would be best for Yamada Sensei to limit those trips that are the most demanding because of flight lengths and teaching schedules.

If you are hosting one of his seminars please be understanding of Yamada Sensei’s recovery especially if he should need to postpone your event. This is all temporary; Yamada Sensei has every intention of resuming his teaching schedule around the world. His return to full health is the key to that happening.

Thank you.

Steve Pimsler

President, NY Aikikai

News About Yamada Sensei from New York Aikikai







 Day passes will remain available for purchase online and on-site. To register online go to

CAMP CANCELLATIONS – All camp packages are non-refundable after SUNDAY, JULY 13th (case-by-case consideration will be made due to emergency or health concerns).

FINALIZING ROOM ARRANGEMENTS – Please email either Laura or Karen with changes/cancellations to your hotel reservation no later than Sunday, July 13th.

Please do not have anyone just “drop in” and stay in your room without registering them with the hotel.  This is not allowed as per our contract, and puts our relationship with the hotel in jeopardy! 

HOTEL CANCELLATION POLICY –  The hotel has a 48 hour cancellation policy. All cancellations within 48 hours of arrival date will be charged one night’s room rate, including tax. A “NO SHOW” WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH NIGHT OF THE RESERVATION THAT THEY DID NOT CANCEL WITH 48 HOURS NOTICE


1) If you listed your roommate as “unknown” and no roommate assignment has been made, the hotel will allocate either a king or 2 double beds, based on availability.

2) If you listed children in your room but did not purchase a camp package for them – they may join you for aikido dinners free of charge if they are under 5.  If they are 5 and older and did not purchase a camp package, they will not be able to join you in the dinner dinning room.

3) If you are not registered for Camp AND do not have a hotel reservation – Day Passes are available.

4) Every person staying in every room must be registered with the hotel.  Contact Laura at or Karen at prior to the Sunday July 13h deadline.

Please note that having friends “crash” in your room is not permitted.  Please be respectful of our working relationship with the hotel and help us maintain our outstanding reputation with the staff.

Thank you!

Laura Pavlick & Karen De Paola

Camp Coordinators