CAF Virtual Aikido Seminar Announcement – Save the Date: June 5-6, 2021
The CAF is very pleased to invite you to its first-ever Virtual Aikido Seminar, to be held Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, 2021. We have a full schedule of Zoom classes led by senior CAF instructors, panel discussions examining “The Future of Aikido” and “Aikido Re-entry in Post-pandemic Year 1”, and workshops on the topics of “Stretching and Strengthening Exercises for Aikido Practitioners” and “Teaching Methodology From Shodan to Yondan”. As well, lunch breaks will include a “Tribute to Kawahara Shihan” to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing and a Historical lecture on samurai with George Hewson Sensei.
The highlight of the seminar will be a 60-min Zoom class on Saturday night led by Osawa Sensei (7-8 PM EDT/4-5 PM PDT) followed by a 60-min Q&A session with Sensei (8-9 PM EDT/5-6 PM PDT). This virtual class and Q&A session represent a rare opportunity to learn from Osawa Sensei despite the ongoing travel restrictions. Simultaneous French interpretation for this special event will be provided.
The full schedule (approximately 12 hours of classes and events) will be available for viewing in mid-May. The cost for the entire weekend is CDN$50 for adults and CDN$35 for students and youths.
To register, please go to CAF Virtual Seminar 2021 Registration
Aikido during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Keeping students engaged and connected while in-dojo classes are not permitted is a challenging yet rewarding task. CAF President Steve Erickson of BigRock Aikikai in Calgary tells his story.
AikiBlaze with Kim Sensei and Anita Sensei
Saturday, April 3, 2021 (3:30-5:00 PST, 6:30-8:00 EST)
The next AikiBlaze Zoom class will be taught by two instructors from the CAF’s Board of Executives: Kim Riddick (5th dan, Chief Instructor of North Delta Aikikai) and Anita Abbasi (2nd dan, Assistant Instructor at Aikido Shugyo Dojo).The 90-min Zoom-class (two 45-min classes in succession) will focus on how to move in relation to one’s centre using solo practices that can be easily incorporated into at-home training.
For more information, please visit https://www.clearwateraikikai.ca/events/aikiblaze-with-kim-and-anita-sensei
AikiBlaze with Ben Peacock Sensei in conjunction with Clearwater Aikikai, a HUGE success!
This past Saturday's "AikiBlaze" was a cross-dojo collaboration organized by senseis Myrna Harrod-Taniguti (Clearwater Aikikai) and Ben Peacock (Burloak Aikikai). Harrod-Taniguti-sensei wrote this recap for her dojo's website. The next AikiBlaze session is tentatively set for Saturday April 3rd. Stay tuned! "On Saturday March 13, my good friend Ben Peacock Sensei (5th Dan, Chief Instructor at Burloak Aikikai Aikido in Ontario) taught the first of what we hope will be a series of “AikiBlaze” classes. The idea for AikiBlaze arose because despite wanting to train together virtually, we both knew that there was no way I was ever going to make the 3:00 AM wakeup call that would have been required for me and others in BC to participate in Ben Sensei’s regular morning class. From there, we thought, “Why not invite others?” And then we thought, “Maybe we should get in touch with some friends from Hombu days?” Then it kind of snowballed; we ended up with 28 participants from 13 dojo in 4 different time zones and 2 countries. It was kind of an eclectic group: there were participants from 4 different associations, the range of ranks stretched from “brand new” to 5th dan (with most of us somewhere in the middle), a good 1/3 of us were women (yay!), and there were youths, young adults, and, ahem, upwards. The one thing we all had in common? We really like Aikido, and we want to see it thrive despite the varying physical limitations the pandemic has placed upon us… Read more.
International Women’s Day
The Canadian Aikido Federation acknowledges the incredible contributions of the women practicing and nurturing the art of Aikido here in Canada. We would also like to take this moment to recognize and celebrate Yumi Nakamura Shihan on her 7th Dan promotion at this year’s Kagami biraki. Nakamura Sensei is a prominent figure within the CAF: teaching at seminars and summer camps as well as her work as former Chair of the Examination Committee.
2021 Kagami-biraki Ceremony Promotions
The Canadian Aikido Federation is pleased to announce the following promotions at the 2021 Kagami-biraki Ceremony:
Yumi Nakamura for 7th Dan
George Hewson for 7th Dan
Dzung Nguyen for 5th Dan
Gabriel Dimarco for 5th Dan
Ivan Booth for 5th Dan
Johannes Malais for 5th Dan
John Patrick Foster for 5th Dan
Adrian Iliescu for 5th Dan
Camber Muir for 5th Dan
Robert Fudge for 5th Dan
Kim Riddick for 5th Dan
Congratulations to all of the recipients!
CAF Board of Directors
Dan Jones, Past President Canadian Aikido Federation
Talks ‘Practicing Aikido for Fitness’ on CTV News
Watch CTV News segment on Aikido Marshal Arts at a Dojo in Calgary.
View CTV Interview with Dan Jones
Talking Aikido at the Saskatoon Aikido Club with Don Ragush Sensei
A look at the Japanese martial art Aikido. Don Ragush discusses some insights into Aikido, helping us to understand the major approach to learning and practicing Aikido.
2020 Promotion List
“Congratulations to all of the following members for New Year promotion by Hombu!“
- Nidan 2nd Dan: James Kirkland, Troy Beauregard
- Sandan 3rd Dan: Peter MacAuley
- Yondan 4th Dan: James Goreas
Promotion of Osawa Shihan to 8th Dan
We would also like to acknowledge the significant promotion of Osawa Shihan to 8th Dan at Aikikai Hombu Dojo during Kagamibiraki 2019. Here is a YouTube link to watch the presentation ceremony.
Obata Sensei’s upcoming retirement
On behalf of the Canadian Aikido Federation I would like to congratulate Osamu Obata Shihan on his upcoming retirement to Japan. In addition to being a leader of Aikido in Canada, the Aikikai Foundation also recognizes Obata Shihan as one of the Japanese Instructors Abroad. Aikido students outside of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will surely miss seeing Obata Shihan on the CAF Examination Committee at our Camps and Seminars. His teaching and input on examination will be missed. His spirit, though, will continue at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Obata Sensei profile …
Past President CAF
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