Summer Camp 2015, Toronto, Jun. 19–26

June 19–26, CAF Sum­mer Camp, Toronto, Ryer­son University

Great news! Osawa Sensei will teach every day at summer camp.

Summer Camp 2015 (shugyo.com/summer-camp/) will still have a stellar line-up of instructors representing decades of aikido wisdom and experience. These include:

  • Ishu Ishiyama, Shihan, 7th dan, Vancouver West Aikikai, Vancouver, BC
  • Osamu Obata, Shihan, 7th dan, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Jim Barnes, 6th dan, Aikido Hokuryukai, North York, ON
  • Alex Loo, 6th dan, Aikido Kensankai, North York, ON
  • George Hewson, 6th dan, Aikido Seishinkai, Markham, ON
  • Scott MacPhail, 6th dan, Victoria Aikikai, Victoria, BC
  • Yumi Nakamura, 6th dan, Aikido Tendokai, Toronto, ON
  • Fran Turner, 6th dan, Aikido Shugyo Dojo, Toronto, ON
  • CAF Shidoin

The schedule is packed with classes for aikidoists of all ranks and interests: black belt classes, white belt classes and weapons classes. There will also be a special class for those preparing to test at camp.

The Examination Committee will conduct yudansha tests at the camp up to and including 4th dan.

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Sudbury Aikikai

Head Instructor Charles Gammon
Dojo Address 2777 Regional Rd #15 Blezzard Valley
Sudbury, ON (Entrance at Rear)
Dojo Telephone (705) 207-6441
Dojo Email
Dojo Web Site www.sudburyaikikai.com
Contact Charles Gammon
1064 Vermillion LK RD
Chelmsford, ON
P0M 1L0
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Saskatoon Aikido Dojo Seminar

Saskatoon Aikido Dojo Seminar
Fri. Jan. 30 – Sun. Feb. 1, 2015

With:
Ishu Ishiyama Sensei, Vancouver West Aikikai
Paul Maclean Sensei, Antigonish Aikikia
Don Ragush Sensei, Saskatoon Aikikai
Seminar will include weapons.

LOCATION:
Saskatoon Aikido Dojo
Albert Community Centre
610 Clarence Ave. S

SCHEDULE:
January 30th-Febuary 1st
Friday 7:30pm-9:00pm
Saturday 9:30am-4:00pm
Sunday 9:30am-1:00pm

SEMINAR COST:
Full Weekend-$50
Friday-Free
Saturday-$25
Sunday-$25

Contact: Don Ragush
306-343-9318
Email:
Website: www.SaskatoonAikido.ca

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Budoka Aikikai

Head Instructor Guy Pharand/Darren Evoy/Kenrick Abbott
Dojo Address Sudbury YMCA
140 Durham St.
Sudbury, ON
P3E 3N7
Dojo Telephone 705-674-8315
Dojo Email
Contact Guy Pharand
1012 Arthur St
Sudbury, ON
P3A 5L7
705-560-6107
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New web site

The revised CAF web site was launched today. Some areas of the site will now require member login to be viewable. The member accounts are being created, and details of how to log in will be sent by email to all dojos in the near future.

All CAF members in good standing will have full access to the site.

A few areas are still under active revision. Particularly, the dojos listings. The Summercamp information and on line registration pages are functional, but are still in the format of the previous site.

You patience is appreciated while we continue to work on this transition.

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Tribute to Hiroaki (Rocky) Izumi Sensei

(His early Aikido years)

Rocky began his Aikido training in Saskatoon in 1978. Makoto Ohtsu Sensei, a Commerce professor, started the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Aikido Club. Rocky was one of his early students and the first secretary of the (U of S) Aikido Club.

Hiroaki Izumi

Hiroaki Izumi

In the early eighties, Ohtsu Sensei invited Kawahara Shihan to Saskatoon to teach yearly seminars. Rocky was graded by Kawahara Shihan and became the first Aikido Shodan from Saskatoon.
Ohtsu Sensei had returned to Japan on sabbatical and Rocky became the Saskatoon instructor in his absence. I remember this, since Rocky thought it would be a good idea to practice ukemi on the hardwood floors. The dojo was on a balcony overlooking the gymnasium, a walk down the stairs, and practice rolling on the basketball court would be good for the new students. This is only one of many ideas Rocky had about what would be good for new Aikido students. With all respect, Rocky would do whatever he asked others to do.
Rocky had invited Kawahara Shihan for an extended stay at his house in Saskatoon. I remember and appreciate the week long instruction that Rocky had arranged with Kawahara Shihan.
Rocky moved to Texas in 1985 to study Business Administration. He formed the Lubbock Aikido Dojo and developed connections with Akira Tohei Shihan from Chicago.
He moved to Hong Kong in 1991 to 1994 and instructed Aikido there. In 1994 he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan and started the Regina Aikido Dojo. He hosted the largest Aikido seminar ever in Saskatchewan, to this date, with Akira Tohei Shihan and Kawahara Shihan.
From there he taught Aikido in Barbados, other Caribbean dojos, Dubai, Romania and several cities in Canada. Others are more familiar with these later travels.
Izumi Sensei was responsible for introducing Aikido to many people around the world. He was a colorful individual with many stories to tell. And he followed the advice of, Canadian Novelist, Farley Mowat, “never let the truth get in the way of a good story”.
I respect Rocky for the contribution he made to aikido in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan. Never did a Japanese Canadian wear a cowboy hat as well as Rocky or smoke a pipe with more class. He lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed teaching new students as much as he enjoyed teaching experienced students. He was approachable to all and would provide instruction to anyone interested. These were very admirable traits. I feel fortunate to have been able to practice with Rocky and learn from him. I will remember him fondly. We are proud that Izumi Sensei started his Aikido journey in Saskatoon and shared his knowledge and joy in the art with many people around the world.
Thank you Rocky. You live on in those you taught.

Don Ragush
Saskatoon Aikikai

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