You may now pre-order your 50th Anniversary DVD online by clicking on the following link –

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.

Camp Update Regarding Hotel Rooms for Saturday, July 26th

As expected, many people have already registered for Summer Camp.  The hotel has reached full capacity for the limited number or rooms that were held for the Saturday night prior to camp (July 26th).  You may still reserve a room at the hotel for Saturday, July 26th but at an increased rate of $209 plus tax.  This rate does not include breakfast on Sunday morning.

Currently there are still discounted rooms (includes breakfast) for Sunday, July 27th through Saturday, Aug. 2nd  and it is highly recommended you purchase your camp package and make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.

Summer Camp Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2014 USAF Summer Camp are now being accepted.  Because of the generous donations and success of the 2013 Summer Camp Raffle, there are 24 scholarships available this year.
Click here to access the form .
The DEADLINE for application submissions is May 1, 2014 and winners will be announced by May 5, 2014.   If you are applying for a scholarship, you are still encouraged to register for a Camp Package and book your hotel room as soon as possible.  Scholarships ONLY cover the Aikido portion of Camp Packages (full or 1⁄2 week). Scholarship recipients are responsible for paying their travel, food and hotel expenses.  Please read the application thoroughly before proceeding.


Summer Camp Is Now 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 2014 USAF Summer Camp beginning Sunday, July 27th and ending Saturday, August 2nd. 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 26th.

You are encouraged to register for a Camp Package and book your hotel room as soon as possible because of the large turnout expected due to Yamada Sensei’s 50th anniversary celebration. 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. DEADLINE for registration is Friday, June 20th 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!


Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

2014 Summer Camp Preview

The registration process for the 2014 USAF Summer Camp is almost complete and the projected launch date is coming soon.To help you plan for this event, here is some information you will need to consider (more info/details will follow once summer camp registration is online).

Location:  Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey USA

Dates:  Sunday, July 27th – Saturday, August 2nd

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 26th.

 OPTION #1 – Camp Package/Hotel (includes Aikido, dinner and breakfast as described below)

Deadline For Camp Package/Hotel RegistrationsFriday, June 20th.  Please note: Room reservations made after the USAF discounted blocked rooms are at full occupancy or after the DEADLINE will be subject to an increased room rate and may not include breakfast.   


2014 USAF Camp Package Rates (does not include hotel)

Camp Package.……………………………………………………………………………………………………..Cost

Full Week Practicing Participant (Sun-Sat; 7 days of aikido/6 dinners)…………………………………..$525

Full Week Non-Practicing Participant (Sun-Sat; dinners for 6 nights)……………………………………$255

1st or 2nd Half-Week Practicing Participant (Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat; 4 days of aikido/3 dinners)……$395

1st or 2nd Half-Week Non-Practicing Participant (Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat; dinners for 3 nights………$195


Dinners are included in Camp Packages for the number of designated nights. Non-practicing family members/friends and children 5 years and older must be registered and pay the applicable CAMP PACKAGE rate in order to receive the hotel-catered dinners and dine with the Aikido group.  Children UNDER 5 years of age eat dinner with you for free. 


2014 USAF Discounted Hotel Room Rates



Rooming Options………………………………………………………….Cost per night (does not include hotel tax & fees*)

Single (1 person per room)……………………………………………………………..$93

Double (2 people per room)…………………………………………………………….$116 ($58 per person)

Triple (3 people per room)………………………………………………………………$139 ($46 per person)

Quad (4 people per room)……………………………………………………………….$160 ($40 per person)

*Sales tax (7%); occupancy tax (8%); HOTEL service fee  ($3 per person per nighT)


Breakfast is included as part of your hotel stay for the dates you reserve a hotel room at the USAF discounted rates. The hotel will provide you with tickets for a buffet breakfast for the mornings you wake up at the hotel. Each person staying in a hotel room must be registered with the hotel at the USAF discounted rate in order to receive breakfast tickets from the hotel. Children UNDER 12 years stay for free at the hotel but MUST be included in your hotel reservation.


PLEASE NOTE: Hotel reservations made directly with the hotel by phone or through the hotel’s public website are not recognized as a USAF reservation and will not include the discounted rate or breakfast.  All Camp Package hotel room reservations must be made through the USAF-linked hotel reservation portal emailed to you after you register and pay for your Camp Package.


OPTION #2 – Day Participation (Meals are NOT included)

IF YOU ARE NOT PURCHASING OPTION #1 (Camp Package/Hotel), then the “Day Participation Rates” apply (meals are NOT included).  This year you can pay for the number of days you plan on training without committing to specific days of the week (other than Saturday). As a Day Participant, you must arrange for your own accommodations and meals. Several dining options are available at the hotel throughout the day as well as locker rooms and showers. IMPORTANT: Because the USAF’s arrangement with the hotel limits seating and food quantity at each night’s dinner buffet, Day Participants are not able to purchase the USAF dinner buffet or eat dinner with the Aikido group.


Day Participation RatesSunday-Friday Day Passes – $90 for each day   Saturday Day Pass – $40


Last Chance to Order 2013 USAF Summer Camp DVD

This is your last chance to order your 2013 USAF Summer Camp DVD.  Please follow this link and place your order before the September 30th deadline. This archive of classes and instruction is only available until the order deadline, so don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a copy for your collection.


Important Camp Hotel Update


HOTEL REGISTRATION DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING.  The deadline for reserving your hotel room at the USAF Camp Rate is fast approaching and the number of rooms still available is limited.  If you have not already done so, please register for camp and reserve your hotel room as soon as possible but no later than  Sunday, June 23rd (rooms subject to availability).

MAKE SURE YOUR FRIENDS HAVE REGISTERED. If you have already registered for camp and reserved your hotel room, please check that your roommate(s) has done the same.   To be eligible for the double, triple, or quad rate, as applicable, all roommates (including practicing and non-practicing participants) must register for a camp package (1/2 or full week) and register with the hotel by June 23rd.

BREAKFAST.  The USAF Camp Rate at the hotel includes breakfast and you will receive a breakfast ticket at time of check-in only if you have properly completed your online hotel reservation process. If you register after the June 23rd deadline or directly with the hotel, you will not receive the USAF Camp Rate and your rate may not include breakfast.

AFTER THE JUNE 23rd DEADLINE. After June 23rd, the online portal for reserving your hotel room will be removed.  Reservations may be made directly with the hotel but the rates will vary and breakfast may not be included.  You can still register for camp online after the 23rd but you must make your own housing arrangements.  Please note, the camp package (1/2 or full week) meal plan includes dinner only and prices do not vary regardless of where you are staying or when you register.

Please e-mail with any questions.

Thank you!

Summer Camp 2013 DVD Pre-Purchase Offer

An exciting offer is now available to pre-order your Summer Camp 2013 DVD at a discounted price.  The USAF Summer Camp offers more than 40 classes in one action packed week, and these classes taught by Yamada Sensei, Osawa Sensei, the USAF Technical Committee Shihan and USAF Shidoin are captured  by video-tographer Luc Tremblay and edited into this special keepsake.  The offer to pre-order your DVD is available when you complete your on-line camp registration, or you can purchase it by following this link: Summer Camp 2013 DVD.  The pre-camp price is $40, a $10 discount if you order before the start of camp (July 28th).  This price includes shipping and handling! The DVDs will be shipped in late September, 2013.


One Year Later…

I began Aikido one year ago – October 22, 2011 to be exact.  I had been thinking about visiting the local dojo, Portland Aikido in Portland Maine, for quite a while, but never seemed to be able to find the time. Life always seemed to get in the way. At first it was high school athletics; followed by college, internships, and other obligations. I have been interested in Japanese culture since elementary school and, as time has passed, that interest has only grown, along with my desire to study Aikido and the traditions of the art. After graduating from college and beginning my career as a teacher, I realized that I finally had the opportunity to begin taking Aikido classes and learning what the dojo had to offer. Little did I know then that I had taken the first step towards a hobby that would soon become a central part of my life.

What really captivates me about Aikido is the way in which the art incorporates Budo and other Japanese values into what I have found to be a very spiritual discipline. The philosophy of Budo, or “the martial way”, can be found hidden within Aikido, which is “the way of combining life forces”. The head instructor at our dojo often mentions that ever since O-Sensei first began teaching, Aikido has been very open to interpretation; the technical aspect of Aikido, at the very least. For me, part of the beauty is that although Aikido holds a different meaning for every practitioner, and while the techniques of Aikido may change over time, the main principle remains constant: to harmonize with any confrontation in life rather than meet it with force.

Aikido can be applied to our daily lives and has significantly influenced how I have conducted myself this past year. Teaching high school students can sometimes be rather overwhelming to say the least, and I am finding that I have to remind myself to “tenshin” during certain situations. Another important idea, I think, is mutual respect. Without mutual respect there is no foundation for positive energy, relationships, or a productive learning environment. It may sound cliché, but if everyone were respected the way we respect our Uke, the world would truly be a better place. Simply put: “Take care of Uke.” That overriding principle, emphasized during practice, has really influenced my life.

Time certainly does pass by very quickly, and in reflecting on one year of Aikido, I confess that USAF Summer Camp was quite a memorable highlight. Summer Camp seemed like a far reach to me as a Gokyu in the Spring of 2012, and although I had attended just a couple of other seminars, I hardly thought of myself as prepared. It was not until our head instructor mentioned the summer camp scholarship that I even entertained the notion that I might be able to attend. “Why not” I thought. “Maybe I can do this.” And then, seemingly overnight, I was packing my bags for New Jersey. As I reflect on the eight hour drive I was, admittedly, incredibly nervous. Thinking about all of the new people I would meet and all of the practitioners that might be in attendance really made my head spin. “What if I embarrass myself or our dojo? What if I get injured? Did I remember to bring Advil?” Soon, however, all of my worries were put at ease.

After checking into the room on Sunday, I could barely wait for the first class to begin. Seeing some familiar faces and meeting welcoming new ones really energized me for the week ahead. From the first class I attended Monday morning to the last class Friday afternoon, I tried to absorb as much information as I could, and enjoyed myself even more. As good as the food at the resort may have been, the practice was even better. Being able to meet Yamada Sensei, Osawa Sensei, the technical committee, and so many others was only part of what made the week so very meaningful. I hope to see everyone again next year, and meet even more new faces. I look forward to seeing you all back on the mat.

Bill Querry

Portland Aikido

USAF Summer Camp 2012 DVD is now available for purchase!

The 2012 Summer Camp DVD is now available for purchase. This DVD captures the teachings of Yamada Shihan and Osawa Shihan, the Technical Committee members and the many shidoin who helped provide an action-packed schedule of daily classes. From on the mat in the dojo, to weapons classes outside under the pavilion, the extraordinary flavor of this camp is now available for all to share.

To purchase a copy of this collectible, please visit this link on Aikido de La Montagne’s website.

A special thanks to the outstanding camerman, Luc Tremblay, and his team, and to Claude Berthiaume Shihan and Aikido de la Montagne who organized, supervised, and assisted on all levels to help make this happen.

A short preview can be viewed here.

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