Richard M. Stickles Shihan, Aikido Schools of New Jersey

The USAF has sadly learned that Rick Stickles Sensei, founder and chief instructor of Aikido Schools of New Jersey (ASNJ), passed away on Sunday, June 21st.   ASNJ members will be holding a memorial service at their dojo on Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm.

Stickles Sensei began his training in New York Aikikai and was soto deshi to Yamada Sensei.  He founded ASNJ in 1977 and dedicated his life to teaching and promoting Aikido at his dojo and around the world.  He was also an instructor at New York Aikikai.

Yamada Sensei and the USAF extend their deepest condolences to Stickles Sensei’s family and students for this sudden and unexpected loss.

 

In Memory of Dick Stroud Shihan

Dick Stroud Shihan passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 82 on May 30 while on a two-week trip to Japan with his wife and friends.

Stroud Sensei was a dedicated lifelong student of M. Kanai Shihan after starting aikido in Boston during the 1960s. He founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Aikido Club in the mid-70s and trained and mentored thousands of aikidoka, many of whom have gone on to become outstanding yudansha.

He was also widely known and admired in the art world. A prodigious artist, his works can be found in museums and private collections around the world. Stroud Sensei was a distinguished educator of fine arts at many museums and universities, as well as at special institutions such as the Charles River Creative Arts Camp in Dover, MA where a scholarship fund for children will be created in his memory.

A memorial training is tentatively scheduled for Saturday September 12 at the New England Aikikai.

Richard Stroud Shihan, MIT Aikido Club

The USAF has learned that Dick Stroud Sensei, chief instructor of MIT Aikido Club, passed away a week ago while on vacation in Japan with his daughter.  An accomplished artist, Stroud Sensei started the MIT Aikido club in 1978 with the permission of Kanai Sensei. We share this sad news as we mourn the loss of another great instructor who dedicated his life to aikido.  More information will be circulated when it becomes available.

T. K. Chiba Sensei, Birankai Founder

It is with great sadness that we share the news of T. K. Chiba Sensei’s passing on Friday, June 5th.

As an integral part of the growth of the USAF and aikido world-wide, Chiba Sensei’s teachings and spirit as an instructor, a mentor, and a friend  touched so many lives and was a privilege that will remain cherished by all who knew him. Yamada Sensei and the USAF extend to Chiba Sensei’s family and students our sincere condolences for this profound loss.  Our roots run deep and will always keep us connected as one family, as we extend our support during this difficult time and moving forward.

Birankai International has issued the following statement:

On behalf of Birankai International, with deep sorrow, Birankai North America announces the death on June 5th, 2015 of our Founder and teacher T. K. Chiba, Shihan. Martial artists here and around the world salute his life as they mourn his passing. During more than 50 years of training and teaching, Sensei inspired, forged and changed the lives of generations of students. United in gratitude for the great gift he gave us, we offer our condolences to his family.

A celebration of Sensei’s life will be held at Birankai North America 2015 Summer Camp. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a gift for the family.

ROOMS FOR FULL-WEEK CAMP ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT

ROOMS FOR FULL-WEEK CAMP ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT:

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.

SATURDAY JULY 25TH NEW ROOM RATE IN EFFECT:

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

 

IMPORTANT CAMP UPDATE

 

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT 

OSAWA SENSEI WILL BE JOINING US 

FOR SUMMER CAMP 2015.

 

OUR USAF DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOMS ARE GOING FAST, SO PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE  

AND REMEMBER THAT THE 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH 

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

 

Sincerely,

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 http://bit.ly/1wTVDdF or ychinlee@gmail.com. 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 siouxphotos@gmail.com.

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!
Sincerely,

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.