Archives for December 2020

2020 Holiday Party

2020 Holiday Party 
Saturday, December 19, 2020 on Zoom 7:00 – 9:00 PM


7:15  Opening remarks
7:30-7:45 Steve Pimsler
7:45-8:00 Laura Pavlick
8:00-8:15 Harvey

Zoom info

Meeting ID: 504 606 3621
Password: Kokyu18

What, no seminar…let’s party instead!  The Facebook group, USAF Aikido Friends, is hosting a special happy hour/fundraiser for the New York Aikikai this Saturday.  Expect to see your favorite teachers and friends stopping by on Zoom. Spread the word!

Let’s toast to 2021, when we can train together again.

Please join our hosts: Kevin Kanesaka, Vu Ha, JJ Montes, Joshua Layton and Marilène Gélinas.

The lovely Crystal Kanesaka will be the MC for the evening. CLICK HERE to make a donation through PayPal (suggested donation $5).

Special Friends Teaching Dec 12 for the last USAF Aikido Online Class of 2020!

We are very excited to share the instruction of our dear friends from Sansuikai Europe for the last USAF Aikido Online class of 2020. We hope you can join us for this ninth class in the series on Saturday, December 12 at 1 pm EDT (12 pm CDT / 10 am PDT). It will feature Peter Van Marcke, Shihan – Antwerpen Aikikai (Antwerpen, Belgium), Michelle Feilen, Shidoin – Dojo Feilen (Barcelona, Spain), and Manolo Garcia, Shidoin – Mallorca Aikido Club (Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca).
This class is open to everyone and will run concurrently on Zoom and Live on the USAF – United States Aikido Federation Facebook page. Please invite your students and anyone you think would be interested.
Join the Zoom Class, December 12 at 1 pm EDT:
We look forward to being together with aikido instructors and friends from around the world.
As this will will be the last class of the year, the USAF Aikido Online Series will resume on Saturday, January 9th with a surprise instructor for our first 2021 Online Kids Class! Stay tuned for more information, and see you online!
Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

Holiday Donation Appeal

Dear Aikido Community,

As 2020 comes to an end, we can’t help but reflect on what a difficult year this has been. The pandemic has adversely affected everyone around the world, as it has aikido, our friends and our dojos. We have been unable to resume our regular activities in the art we all love and cherish. As an organization, our dojos have faced many challenges to keep aikido accessible and communities intact.

Please know that as we move into 2021, the USAF will continue to try its best to serve its membership. Until we are all able to reunite on the mat, social media and zoom will allow us to stay connected, take classes with our wonderful instructors, and meet for important discussions. Under Yamada Sensei’s guidance, the USAF is dedicated to supporting the art of aikido and will do what it can to keep our community united and engaged. We remain encouraged by Sensei’s frequent video greetings, as he continues to convey positivity, perseverance and compassion to his students around the world and the aikido community at large.

As is the case with most dojos and aikido organizations, this has been a particularly difficult year financially for the USAF. Therefore, we would like to make a holiday appeal to those of you who are in a position to express your generosity and support by making a donation. No contribution is too small.

The following link will bring you directly to the USAF Paypal donations page: Donate to the USAF

Please feel free to pass this information on to fellow aikidoka. As the USAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are 100% tax deductible.

With warm regards and much appreciation,


A Special Holiday Greeting

A special holiday greeting from Yamada Sensei. Please share with your aikido friends!


Join us Dec 5! USAF Aikido for Kids Online Class!

We are excited to invite you to the 8th Aikido For Kids Online Class taking place on Saturday, December 5 at 1 pm EDT (12 pm CDT / 10 am PDT) featuring guest instructor Crystal Kanesaka, 2nd dan, New York Aikikai.
Join the Zoom Class, December 5 at 1 pm EDT:
This 45 minute class will run concurrently Live on the USAF-United States Aikido Federation Facebook page and is open to everyone. Please invite your friends and students and anyone you think would be interested.
Thank you to those who joined a class previously. We appreciate your participation and support.
See you online!
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