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.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

2015 New USAF Dojo

The USAF would like to welcome the following new member dojo:

1/15/2015:

Allegheny College Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Rob Humphreys

520 North Main Street

Meadville, PA 16335

gatoraikido@webs.com

1/27/2015:

Ottawa Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Don Dickie

155 Loretta Ave North

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada K1Y 2J7

ottawaaikikai.ca

 

1/28/2015:

Grinnell Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Charles Cunningham

Grinnell College Bear Center

1201 10th Avenue

Grinnell, Iowa 50112

 

2/9/2015:

Aiki Muenster

Chief Instructors: David Ross, Gabriele Bixel

TG Muenster

Lotharinger Strasse 17

Muenster, German 48147

aiki-muenster.de

 

2/11/2015:

Casablanca Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Driss Benmoussa

131 Lot Communal Sidi Maarouf

Casablanca, Morocco 20190

 

2/12/2015:

Prairie Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Richard Mintz

4040 Plainview Drive

Des Moines, Iowa 50311

www.prairie-aikikai.com

 

4/1/2015:

Southland Aikido

Chief Instructor: James Graves

670 Monterey Pass Road

Monterey Park, CA 91754

www.southlandaikido.org

 

4/21/2015:

Summit View Aikido

Chief Instructor: Cong Nguyen

116 Fall Street

Seneca Falls, NY 13148

 

4/21/2015:

Maru Aikikai South

Chief Instructor: Alexander Angustain

116 Fall Street226 W. Main Street

Alhambra, CA 91801

www.maruaikikaisouth.com

 

 

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