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

CAMP DEADLINE 7/13 – PLEASE READ

FINAL CALL FOR ALL CAMP REGISTRATIONS AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS

DEADLINE EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, JULY 13TH INCLUDES:

- ALL CAMP PACKAGES

-ALL HOTEL RESERVATIONS

- FINALIZING ROOM ARRANGEMENTS / ROOMMATES

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

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

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MAY PERTAIN TO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW:

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 laura@usaikifed.com or Karen at karendepaola@usaikifed.com 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

 

 

 

 

Corrected Link – USAF Donations Deadline Is Fast Approaching

As many of you know, the USAF has been collecting donations as a gesture of the USAF’s deep appreciation for what New York Aikikai, under the leadership and guidance of Yamada Sensei, has given, and continues to offer, to the USAF community and the greater aikido community world-wide.

A sincere thank you to all the dojos, instructors, members and friends who have already made a donation.  If you would like to make a donation to the USAF, you can do so until the deadline of July 20th, by clicking below.   A presentation of the USAF’s donation to the New York Aikikai will be made at this year’s summer camp, along with a card displaying the names of all who have contributed to this half-century celebration!

 

Make your donation here

Dan Promotions January 16th – May 15th 2014

Test applications received and dated between January 16, 2014 and May 15, 2014 (some listings represent applications prior to Hombu approval).

 

 

Shodan

  • Alexander Angustain – Tarzana Aikikai
  • David Bensman – Aikido Society of Memphis
  • Thomas Browning – Island Aikido
  • Kayla Davis – Island Aikido
  • Edward Estrada – Water Oak Aikikai
  • Gregory Gargiso – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Brad Garner – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky
  • Vladimir Gerasimov – Seattle Aikikai
  • Charles Hale – MIT Aikido Club
  • Danielle Hyatt – Seattle Aikikai
  • Jun Kawaguchi – Portland Aikikai
  • Leonel Martinez-Perez – Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Roselyn Maynard – Notting Hill Aikikai
  • Sean McCarty – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky
  • Robert Micieli – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Frank Ruzicka – Aikido of Austin
  • Mark Shanahan – University of Iowa Aikikai
  • Daniel Sibol – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Takara Suzuki – Portland Aikikai
  • Michael Vaccaro – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Jesse Vance – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky
  • Rochelle Wagner – Seattle Aikikai
  • Tom Worsnopp – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Daniel Yager – Jersey Shore Aikikai

Nidan

  • Elisa Beebe – Framingham Aikikai
  • Michael Carnes – Raleigh Aikikai
  • Alan Crosby – Aikido of Summit
  • Robert Fraley – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Robert Humphreys – New Castle Aikikai
  • Damien Kick – Austin Aikikai
  • Branko Mihanovic – Orlando Aikikai
  • Jon Naranjo – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Kathleen O’Neill – Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Teri Pierson – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Eric Poma – New Castle Aikikai
  • Adele Roland – Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Carl Steiger – Oak Hill Aikido

Sandan

  • Christine Blaha-James – Aikido of Austin
  • Karen Clark – Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • John Hillson – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Christina Johnson – Orlando Aikikai
  • William Kopko – New Castle Aikikai
  • Joel Miller – Austin Aikikai
  • Stephen Miller – Kenosha Aikikai
  • Janice Taitel – Aikido Center of Dover
  • John Van Kirk – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky

Yondan

  • Meipo Martin – Capitol Hill Aikikai
  • Jonathan Weiner – Aikido of Charlotte

Yamada Sensei and NYA Receive Letter From The Mayor

On Saturday, June 7th, the New York Aikikai hosted a large party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Yamada Sensei’s arrival in New York City. In acknowledgement of this historical event,  he was presented with a letter from William de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City.  A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking here

 

 

Yamada Sensei Featured In Crain’s New York Business Magazine

On the eve of Yamada Sensei’s 50th anniversary of his arrival in New York City and the New York Aikikai, the June 2nd edition of Crain’s New York Business Magazine features a full-page interview with him entitled “Yamada Sensei is 76. What’s your excuse?” Written by one of Crain’s top reporters, Daniel Geiger, it features of full-color photo of Yamada Sensei and celebrates Yamada Sensei’s half-century of teaching throughout the United States and the world at large. You can access the full article here:

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140530/MEDIA_ENTERTAINMENT/140539992/yoshimitsu-yamada-is-76-whats-your-excuse

IMPORTANT CAMP UPDATE – PLEASE READ

Summer Camp Update May 29th 2014:

SOLD OUT: FULL WEEK CAMP PACKAGES

SOLD OUT: 2ND HALF WEEK PACKAGES

SOLD OUT: HOTEL ROOMS FOR FULL WEEK

SOLD OUT: HOTEL ROOMS FOR 2ND HALF WEEK

SOLD OUT: MEAL PLAN (DINNERS) FOR FULL WEEK

SOLD OUT: MEAN PLAN (DINNERS) FOR 2ND HALF WEEK

 

AVAILABLE: 1ST HALF WEEK CAMP PACKAGES (INCLUDING AIKIDO & DINNERS)

AVAILABLE: HOTEL ROOMS FOR 1ST HALF WEEK PACKAGES (SATURDAY – WEDNESDAY; SATURDAY RATES ARE HIGHER THAN SUNDAY – WEDNESDAY AND WILL DISPLAY ON THE RESERVATION PAGE WITH A PRICE FOR THE NIGHT.  ALL OTHER ROOM NIGHTS WILL NOT DISPLAY A RATE BUT ARE AT THE CAMP DISCOUNT)

AVAILABLE: DAY PASSES PURCHAED IN ADVANCE ON-LINE OR ON-SITE DURING CAMP

 

REMINDER: BREAKFAST IS ONLY INCLUDED IF YOU ARE STAYING AT THE HOTEL AND MADE YOUR RESERVATION THROUGH THE USAF PORTAL. RESERVATIONS MADE THROUGH OTHER MEANS DO NOT GUARANTEE USAF RATES OR BREAKFASTS

REMINDER: DAY PASSES DO NOT INCLUDE ANY MEALS OR HOTEL ROOMS

REMINDER: IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR CAMP, PLEASE CONFIRM WITH YOUR ROOM MATE(S) THAT EVERYONE IN YOUR ROOM HAS AN EMAIL RECEIPT FROM PAYPAL CONFIRMING THEIR CAMP PURCHASE, AND A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM THE HOTEL STATING CHECK-IN AND CHECKOUT DATES AND CONFIRMATION NUMBER

REMINDER: EVERY ADULT IN EVERY ROOM MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE HOTEL

REMINDER: DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OR BEING PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST IS FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH

 

SEE BELOW REGARDING JOINING THE WAITING LIST

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MAY PERTAIN TO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW:

  1. You listed your roommate as “unknown” and no roommate assignment has been made – at this time the hotel is assuming you are staying in your room alone and will allocate either a king or double based on room availabilities.
  2. You listed you have children staying in your room but did not purchase a camp package for them – if they are 5 or older they will not be able to join you for the aikido group dinner for 2nd half week. If you are staying full week, you can purchase a 1st half week meal plan for them. If they are under 5 they eat for free and can join you in the aikido dinning room for the full week .
  3. You are not registered for Camp (full or 2nd half week) AND do not have a hotel reservation AND not sharing a room – Day Passes are available.
  4. You received an email regarding your registration or camp status but did not respond – there will be a waiting list for full week or 2nd half week camp packages and/or hotel reservations (see below)
  5. You have a room for the full week or 2nd half and would like to add a roommate – if your roommate will be purchasing day passes or is a family member and will not be part of the aikido camp (no packages/dinners), please contact Laura or Karen with your roommate’s information and we will notify the hotel.

Waiting list information:

In order to be placed on the waiting list for either 2nd half week or full week camp package and/or hotel reservation, please email your name and desired camp package and/or hotel check-in and check-out dates to karendepaola@usaikifed.com or laura@usaikifed.com. There are no guarantees that spots will open up, so please consider alternative options (1st half week or day passes) in order to secure your place at camp.

Online registration for 1st half week and day passes will re-open shortly, so please check the following link for updates: http://usafsummercamp.com/information.php

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

Camp Coordinators

Important Message

Dear USAF members,

Many of you have received an email from DoYu Global (“DoYu”) promoting the sale of its aikido related products. Because we have received several questions regarding the email, we wanted to clarify that the USAF was not aware that DoYu would be using the USAF group photo from summer camp and familiar camp wording to sell its products.   It is important that our members know that at this time, neither the USAF nor Yamada Sensei are endorsing DoYu’s products and neither the USAF nor Yamada Sensei are benefitting financially from the sales of DoYu products.

Please know that it is an individual’s decision to purchase products from DoYu, and we are not trying to discourage or dissuade you from doing so.  It is just important that the facts are clear and that there are no misrepresentations or assumptions as to who may be benefitting from DoYu sales.  Once again, neither the USAF nor Yamada Sensei receive any financial benefits from the sale of DoYu products.

 

Sincerely yours,

Laura Pavlick

Director of Operations

USAF SUMMER CAMP – 50th ANNIVERSARY DVD

You may now pre-order your 50th Anniversary DVD online by clicking on the following link - http://aikidodelamontagne.com/en/store_aikido.html.

This professional DVD will be comprised of footage taken during the many classes that are held throughout the week.  Whether you would like a keepsake from this celebratory camp, or will use it as an instructional guide or teaching aide, pre-purchasing the DVD before camp guarantees that you will receive this limited edition at a discounted price.

Only a limited number will be made based on the number of DVDs that are pre-ordered.  To avoid any lines or delays at camp, order online now.

http://aikidodelamontagne.com/en/store_aikido.html.