Archives for June 2011

Dan Promotions 1/16/2011 – 5/15/2011

Dan Promotions

Test applications dated betweenJanuary 16, 2011 and May 15, 2011




  • Eric Abraham – Kern River Aikikai
  • Alan Crosby – Aikido of Summit
  • Chris Hatlestad – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Channing Henderson – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • James Hyde – Aikido of Charlotte
  • Perry Ivy – Jonesboro Aikido
  • Dean Karres – Central Illinois Aikikai
  • James Patterson – Columbia Aikikai
  • David Ruvola – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Niles Ryan – Davis Aikikai
  • Robert Scheerer – Blue Springs Aikido School
  • Andrew Spence – Bermuda Aikikai
  • Gerald Spracklin – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Charles Traverse – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland


  • Milan Dukic  – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Dmitry Khavich – Princeton Aikikai
  • William Kopko – New Castle Aikikai
  • Efren Marchene Jr. – Dutch Caribbean Aikido
  • Steve Nelson – Aikido of Norfolk
  • Alex Nelson – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • David Petrik – Aikido of Dallas
  • Tobin Sobaski – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Janice Taitel – Aikido Center of Dover
  • George Warner – Twin Cities Aikido Center


  • Peter Aldrich – Bermuda Aikikai
  • James Baptiste – Bermuda Aikikai
  • David Becker – Puget Sound Aikikai
  • Scott Brown – Aikido of Dallas
  • Aaron Cass – Portsmouth Aikido
  • Michael Cundall Jr. – Aikido of Greensboro Aikikai
  • Frensley Kemper – Dutch Caribbean Aikido
  • John Manderson – Bermuda Aikikai
  • Gary Nan Tie – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Anthea Pascaris – Bermuda Aikikai
  • Michael Robinson – Bermuda Aikikai


  • Mary Fuller – Commonwealth Aikikai
  • Paul Glavine – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland


Important Summer Camp Announcement

The USAF Summer Camp 2011 is only five weeks away! At this time, we have 2 very important announcements to make.

1: The hotel has indicated that the rooms blocked for the second half week of camp are filling up quickly, so please do not wait to register. Please visit our online site to register or download the forms.

2: Registration will close Sunday July 10th, 2011. As of that date room availability and hotel rates are not guaranteed. Please contact Laura or Paige after the 10th if you have not yet registered and wish to attend camp.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who is interested in attending camp. We look forward to having another fabulous week and thank you for your assistance!


Laura Pavlick (

Paige Chapman (

New England Aikikai Children’s Class Promotions

On April 9th, 2011 New England Aikikai held promotions for 20 children from their children’s program.  They all did a wonderful job, and the dojo members were on the mat supporting their efforts.

Aiki Trend Offers Hand Made Jewelry

Aiki Trend is a new brand that hopes to share the beauty of Aikido in an innovative way, offering our fellow practitioners a tasteful and elegant way of expressing their love for this art. Our hand made and refined jewelry aims at capturing the essence of Aikido and our passion for this practice. We wish to transmit the beauty of Aikido through our creations made by skillful craftsmen that work with the world’s finest metals. We are proud to say that all of our products are carefully hand-crafted and polished by artisans that combine precious metals with natural elements such as: the Andean opal, the Peruvian turquoise, red coral and tiger’s eye amongst others. Each one of our designs is created for a one-of-a-kind look, which is why all of our models are made in limited editions.  A new Iaido collection is available as well!

Great for gifts, you can order directly on the Aiki Trend website which is now in French and Spanish. Tell your friends about us!

Aikido Friendships

I was in the dojo the other day, sitting in seiza waiting for Sensei to start class.  I looked around and on the mat with me were the usual regulars. I know them all.  We’ve spent hours and hours training together in the dojo.  These are the same people I’ll be sharing a pizza and good conversation with after class. These are my friends.

When I first started in Aikido, I read a great deal about Aikido being filled with very nice people.  I’ve experienced this first hand.

Many people come to Aikido for many reasons.  Some may come for the fitness.  Some may come for the self defense aspects.  Whatever reason they may have, one of the by-products of a successful life in Aikido is the friendships that are created.

I was at a recent Aikido Summer Camp.  While walking around, I observed the many friendly greetings that were exchanged amongst old friends.  I’m really new to Aikido compared to the others but I also recognized people I’ve trained with at other dojo.  It was nice seeing them and sharing the experience with them.

This is such an interesting part of Aikido that I sat down to analyze why this happens.  These are some of the factors that I’ve found.

  • There is always close physical contact with others during regular Aikido training.
  • There is a shared commonality between the training partners, Aikido.  This allows for easy conversation and is ideal for social interactions.
  • There is mutual respect for others.  Aikido is naturally structured and stresses respect of others.  We train with one another and our intent is to train safely, creating no injuries in the process.  We are always reminded to care for our training partner.
  • Good people are at the core of Aikido.

If you ask me what about Aikido I value the most, my answer is the friendships I’ve made.

This article is dedicated to all my Aikido friends I’ve had the honor of training with.

“The Art of Peace is based on Four Great Virtues: Bravery, Wisdom, Love, and Friendship, symbolized by Fire, Heaven, Earth, and Water”.    Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei

By Rey N. Robles (Southern Maryland Aikido Center)

Yukio Kawahara Sensei, 1940 – 2011

It is with deep sadness that the USAF must share the news of the passing of Yukio Kawahara Sensei on Thursday evening, June 2nd, 2011.  The British Columbia Aikido Federation website has posted the following announcement:

In Loving Memory
Yukio Kawahara Sensei (1940 – 2011)

“It is with the deepest regret and profound sorrow that I inform you of the
death of Kawahara Shihan.
He passed away in Victoria on Thursday evening. During his last days he was
kindly attended to by a number of his students who communicated to him
the great respect and affection that so many of us felt.
More information will follow as it becomes available.”

To Kawahara Sensei’s dedicated students and to the international aikido community as a whole, we extend our heartfelt condolences.

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