Class will not be held today, Jan. 30th, 2013.

Holiday Practice Schedule

We will not have practice the next two Mondays, which are Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

We will have practice as usual on Wednesday, Dec. 26, and Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Happy holidays to all!

The University of Minnesota Aikido Club and Aikido of Minnesota will be holding a 40th anniversary seminar with Rev. Zenko Okimura, founder of World Aikido Aikikai.

Here is the seminar flyer: seminar flyer 2

The Milwaukee Aikido Club will be hosting a seminar with HIroshi Ikeda Shihan, from September 14 – 16.  The location will be the St. Thomas More High School on Saturday and Sunday.  On Friday, the seminar will be held at our dojo at 2235 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.  Space is limited on Friday, so please pre-register.

Here is the seminar flyer:

Ikeda seminar flyer 091412

Please visit the site below for the registration form: http://www.milwaukeeaikido.org/Milwaukee_Aikido_Club/IkedaSeminarInfo_files/Ikeda%20Seminar%20Registration%200912%20v1.pdf


Please make plans to join us at O-Sensei Memorial Seminar 2012 (link to flyer). It should be an excellent seminar! Our four instructors collectively have about one hundred fifty years of aikido experience.

The seminar will be held at Denmark High School (map),  just south of Green Bay.

Sensei Kennan Purdy will be a guest instructor again this year. Ken started practicing Aikido in the 1950’s, and is the longest training American aikidoist known to us. Ken teaches at the Northern Wisconsin dojo in Merrill, WI.

Sensei Judy Leppert will also instruct one session. She has the distinction of being the first woman awarded yudansha rank by Tohei-shihan in the Midwest Federation.

Finally, Sensei Bob Graebel will instruct one session. He will be newly returned from Hombu Dojo and will share exercises from Doshu and Seki Shihan’s classes.

Kyu and Dan testing will be held at the seminar after Saturday’s classes. The MAF test application can be found in the Box.net widget to the right of this post. Test applications are due to the MAF by Wednesday, March 21st. The mailing address is provided in the flyer.

We have partnered with the Aloft Hotel in Green Bay for those needing to stay overnight. They gave us a special room rate of $85. You can register by calling 920-884-0800. Use group code OSD21A to get the discount. You can also register on-line by clicking this link.  The Aloft Hotel has an excellent hot tub for soaking sore muscles after a day on the mats. They will hold our room block until April 9th, after which the discount can’t be guaranteed, so please register early!

On Saturday night at 7pm we will gather for a hibachi dinner at Nakashima. Shuttle service will be provided from the hotel to the restaurant and back.

Aikidoists from all federations are welcome to join us. We hope to see you there!

Green Bay Aikikai once again has the honor of hosting O-Sensei Memorial Seminar in 2012.

Practice will be held at Denmark High School. Kyu and Dan testing will be held Saturday at the end of classes. Test applications are due to the MAF by March 21st. A test application form can be found on our box.net widget to the right.

We will have a flyer posted soon. Stay tuned for further updates.

Summer Camp will be held in 2012 from Saturday June 16th to Friday June 22nd. Setup will happen on Saturday, with classes beginning Sunday morning. Friday will be a half-day of classes with tear-down in the afternoon.

The annual Kagami Biraki seminar will be held next year at Fenwick Park High School in Oak Park, IL (Chicago area).

Instructors will be Darrell Tangman, 6th Dan, Augusta Aikido Club, and Pat Crosby, 6th Dan, Virginia Aikikai.

There will also be a special screening of the Tohei Shihan documentary.

The seminar flyer can be found in the box.net widget to the right.

The PDF files are available in our box.net widget to the right.

Dates: June 17-22, 2011
Instructor: Seki Shihan, 7th Dan
Location: UW Parkside, Kenosha, WI
Fees: see application

Other Details:

– Daily Aikido training under Seki Shihan
– Spacious dojo area with tatami mats
– Lodging in air-conditioned apartments
– Complete meal service in campus dining hall
– All Aikido affiliations welcome
– Full week, half week, and daily mat fee options

Testing will be held for both Kyu and Dan grades at O-Sensei Memorial. As a courtesy, you can download the MAF Test Application from our document widget to the right.

Completed applications should be mailed to Naomi Wentworth at the following address:

2153 W Waveland Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Please bear in mind that applications must arrive by March 19th, so please allow a few extra days for mail delivery.

The test application fees are as shown below:

Kyu Grades
5th – $45
4th – $50
3rd – $55
2nd – $60
1st – $65

Dan Grades
Shodan – $250
Nidan – $200
Sandan – $300
Yondan – $400

Reminder: We would appreciate RSVP’s for the seminar so we can plan properly. Please see the article announcing it below for details on how to register.