Midwest Token Kai – April 25-27, 2014

Japanese Sword

The Chicago Area Japanese Collectibles and Sword Show, organized by Midwest Token Kai, will be held April 25-27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL.  This three-day event will host dozens of vendors and hundreds of sword enthusiasts. Highlights include lectures on sword etiquette, a martial arts exhibition, and displays of important swords and tsuba provided by the American branch of Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)

Chicago Area Japanese Collectibles and Sword Show
April 25-27, 2014
Hyatt Regency Woodfield (across from Woodfield Mall)
1800 E. Golf Rd.
Schaumburg, Illinois

Admission: Friday $20, Saturday $15, Sunday $8.  3-day pass $35 (early entry)/$50 (regular)

Days and Times

  • Friday, April 25: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, April 26: 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday, April 27: 9:00am – 3:00pm

For more information, visit the following:

Event mainpage: http://www.chicagoswordshow.com/
Midwest Token Kai website: http://www.midwesttokenkai.com/
NBTHK website: http://nbthk-ab.org/Japan.htm

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The Changing of The Mats – April 4th 2014


The removal of the old mats and laying of the new mats will occur April 4th starting at 9am. There will be no training until every last mat is in place. So come on by when you can and move some mats.

This will be good practice for Summer Camp In The Rockies

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Legacy Garden Benefit


Midwest Buddhist Temple are hosting two benefit concerts on Sunday, March 9 to raise funds for their new legacy garden.

The concert will be held in the temple social hall, and feature Irish musicians Paddy Homan, Dennis Cahill and Teresa Shine joining the Ho Etsu Taiko traditional Japanese drumming group.

Showtimes are 12:30 pm and 4:00pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door and may be purchased by calling the temple office at (312) 943-7801 or online.

Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 West Menomonee Street
Chicago, IL 60614
phone 312-943-7801
email: office@midwestbuddhisttemple.org

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Weapons Intensive with Mark Uttech Sensei

Mark Uttech

Aikido of Greater Milwaukee is hosting a weapons intensive February 22nd and 23rd.

Uttech Sensei is head instructor of Aikido of Marshall.

N58 W14686 Shawn Circle Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

10am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
The cost of the seminar is $50, or $30 per day

 Click here to download registration form.

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Aikidō No Zō

Aikido No Zo T-Shirt Photo

Chicago Aikido Club is now selling T-shirts featuring the Aikidō No Zō (合気道の像).  This delightful illustration, inspired by the Indian parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant, is a visualization of the many approaches and attitudes assumed in the study of Aikido by its different teachers, students, schools and organizations.

The title is a play on words inspired by Japanese puns using homophones.  Aikidō No Zō (合気道の像) translates as “A Portrait of Aikido.”  However,  “Zō” also sounds like the character “象” meaning “elephant.”

Aikidō No Zō T-shirts are available in small, medium, large and extra-large.  Special orders may be made for other sizes.  All shirts are available for $25 each.  E-mail us at info@chicagoaikidoclub.com to place your order.  Payment may be made by checks made out to Chicago Aikido Club mailed to Chicago Aikido Club, 5315 N. Clark St. #105, Chicago, IL 60640 or via PayPal.

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The Year of the Horse is out of the gate.

Chicago Aikido Club with Jo Takehara & Marsha Turner Sensei

photo: Jim Moy

The Chicago Aikido Club celebrated the Year of the Horse with wonderful practice sessions this past February 9; special thanks to guest instructor Marsha Turner Sensei, and chief instructor, Jo Takahara, Sensei. We were happy to welcome our extended Aikido Families from Wisconsin, as well as our fellows from the Chicago Aikikai for two hours of mindful practice, followed by a flavorful pot luck meal. We are fortunate to have such great friendships, through our Aikido practice, and the positive interaction on the mat was typical of our love for the art and each other. Laughter and a sincere effort to help each other improve, were conspicuous between partners. This is the Aikido we signed up for…the cooperative, relaxed, “feeling” that was the focus of both practice sessions. Happy Horse Year, to all.

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2014 Day of Remembrance – Sunday, February 16, 2014 – Performance

Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution

Day of Remembrance news paper

CAC member Dwight Sora will be participating as an actor in “Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution,” a new work commemorating the 2014 Day of Remembrance. This day is an annual observance marking the 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The Chicago Japanese American Historical Society is the lead organization for the 2014 event; cosponsors are the Chicago Japanese American Council, the Japanese American Citizens LeagueChicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.

“Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution” tell the story of the Heart Mountain Resistance. Two years after the US Government authorized the incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans, it reversed course and drafted the young Nisei men it had placed behind barbed wire. A great number served in the military with distinction, but some, in the words of the late Senator Daniel Inouye, had the courage to tell the authorities, “You are wrong.”

This work, assembled from court documents and other historical sources by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, tells the story of the resistance movement at the Wyoming concentration camp, and how 63 young men who refused induction fared in World War II-era federal court. Giving voice to the proceedings, Dwight will be joining local actors Cheryl Hamada, Gary Houston, Jin Kim, Ed Kuffert, Paul Moy, Gene Mui, Stephenie Park, Cary Shoda, Dwight Sora, Jason Williams, Elaine Wong, and Joe Yau – led by director Keith Uchima.

The Day of Remembrance program will again be held at the Chicago History Museum, starting at 2 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2014, and is free and open to the public. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Validated parking is available in the lot one block north of the Museum, on Stockton Drive and LaSalle Street. For further information, visit Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, call 773.275.0097, ext. 222, or email.

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Whited Sensei @ Aikido of West Bend

Wendy Whited Sensei

February 1st and 2nd, 2014

All of Wisconsin are celebrating the 5th year of Aikido Of West Bend. With one of the Midwest’s foremost aikdoka, Wendy Whited Sensei from Inaka Dojo in Beecher Illinois.

Kettle Moraine YMCA (Upper Studio)
1111 W. Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53090

Class Times
Saturday – 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Sunday – 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

$60 for the weekend. Other plans available.
Please download flyer for additional information.

Check the Chicago Aikido Club facebook page for travel options.
Post if you can give a ride, comment if you need a ride.

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6th Annual Kagami Biraki – February 9th

Sunday February 9th the Chicago Aikido Club is celebrating it’s sixth annual Kagami Biraki. Our own Jo Takehara Sensei and the Chicago Aikikai‘s Marsha Turner Sensei will be leading keiko from 11:30 to 1:30. Immediately following training will be our traditional pot-luck. Everyone is welcome, please come on by.

Chicago Aikido Club Kagami Biraki

Click here to download a print ready PDF.

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Buy a Tatami Fundraiser

Chicago Aikido Club’s host, Tohkon Judo Academy, are holding a fundraising campaign to purchase new tatami mats for the dojo.  The current mats are over 18 years old and need to be replaced with 105 new ones.  They are also hoping to install wall safety mats and make improvements to the locker rooms.  The goal of the Buy a Tatami fundraiser is $20,000.  Any donation is welcome.  Donations of $100 or more will receive an engraved “Buy a Tatami Plaque” that will be prominently displayed at the dojo.

About Tohkon Judo Academy

Tohkon Judo Academy was founded in 1992 and is devoted to developing national and international amateur judo competitors.  Since 1995, the dojo has doubled in size and drawn several young World Class competitors with World Championship and Olympic experience from various countries around the world, thus Tohkon students have an incredible opportunity to learn and practice a variety of practical and effective “fighting” styles.  Tohkon Judo Academy is led by its head instructor and president, Douglas Tono, 7th dan.

Tohkon Judo Academy is a 501(c)(3), Not For Profit corporation.  Donations are tax deductible.
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