Ikeda Sensei @ Abiding Spirit Aikikai

Ikeda Sensei

October 10-12 at Abiding Spirit Center
1540 Carlemont Drive, Crystal Lake, Il 60014

  • Friday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 p
  • Sunday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Registration Fees:
All days $125
Or $50 per class

Saturday at 6:30 there will be Happi Hour at the Port Edward Restaurant along the banks of the beautiful Fox River.

This is closest to the Chicago Aikido Club of the two Ikdea Sensei seminars this fall. It is a great opportunity to get out of the dojo to train with other people and make new friends. We will be organizing group travel to the seminar. See the Facebook page or listen to the announcements after training at the dojo.

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Ikeda Sensei in Milwaukee

Ikeda Sensei

The Milwaukee Aikido Club is hosting Ikeda Sensei September 12-14th.
Classes are at;

$125 for entire weekend
Fri – $45; Sat (2 sessions) – $90, Sun – $45

eMail milwaukeeaikidoclub@gmail.com for additional information.

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Everything Great Is Simple

Tamon Mark Uttech Sensei Benefit

Mark Uttech Sensei

photo: Jim Moy

September 20th, Aikido of Madison

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2219 Atwood Ave. Madison, WI 53704

Friends, we will be having a special practice with Mark Uttech Sensei on
Saturday, September 20th. As some of you may know, Mark is dealing with a
rare form of blood cancer. We are having this class in part to raise funds
for his medical expenses and to raise his spirits. All donations will be put
to good use. This class will be open to all ranks and styles of Aikido.
If you can’t make the practice but wish to donate, please mail donations to:
Eric Schattschneider
731 Water Tower Dr.
Marshall, WI 53559
Phone: (608) 234-1512
*Please make checks payable to Eric Schattschneider and add a memo, “Mark Sensei.”
We hope you can all join for this very special practice!
As Mark Sensei says… “In gassho.”

Please feel free to share the flyer for the event.

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Summer Open Mat


August 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th there will be open mat time from 8pm to 10pm.
Time to work on things you have been wanting to work on. Some will be using the time for test prep, others on ukemi and conditioning. You can even sit zazen if that is what you wish.

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Tasaka Sensei in Wales

Mitsuo Tasaka Sensei

photo: Jim Moy

Aikido of Wales is proud to welcome Mitsuo Tasaka Sensei from the Aikido Kumano Juku Dojo in Shingu, Japan. Tasaka Sensei, a long-time student of Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei (Aikido 10th dan) is known for his attention to detail and personal approach to the study of Aikido. Please join us in welcoming Tasaka Sensei as he brings a piece of Kumano Juku Dojo to the Midwest.

  • Friday, August 15, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday, August 16, 10:00am-12:00pm; 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Sunday, August 17, 10am-12:00pm

Kettle Moraine High School, 349 North Oak Crest Drive, Wales, Wisconsin 53183
Contact: Mike Weber, 262-527-2454 or via email at aikidoofwales@gmail.com

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Aikido Of Madison – 30th Anniversary

Aikido of Madison

If you can please make the journey to Madison to celebrate Aikido of Madison‘s 30th year. In 1984 John Stone and Robin Cooper founded Aikido of Madison in a former motorcycle repair shop they rented in the back of a pet store. At only 600 square feet of mat space, the dojo was unheated expect during training. Over the years Aikido of Madison has become an important hub for Aikido in the Midwest. They have hosted many important instructors in Aikido and other related arts.

Robin Cooper and John Stone, founders of Aikido of Madison

Robin Cooper and John Stone, founders of Aikido of Madison

Besides the high caliber of teacher and students alike, Aikido of Madison is known for is their incredible potlucks.

Classes are from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

The potluck is at the nearby Goodman Center at 149 Waubesa Street (5 minute walk from the dojo). Dinner starts at 6:30. Free open bar (beer, wine and soda).

Aikido of Madison
2219 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI, 53704
(608) 231-3935

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59th Annual Ginza Holiday

August 8, 9 & 10


Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the entertaining taiko drumming by Hoetsu Taiko Group and the Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko group, the Midwest Buddhist Temple Minyo Troupe, Fujima Ryu of Chicago, a Japanese Classical dance troupe, martial arts demonstrations, and the Na Kupuna Ukulele group.

Self defense tactics will be demonstrated by Aikido and Judo schools, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd.

Inside the temple, the exhibit hall will be filled with demonstrations and exhibits of bonsai, ikebana (flower arranging), calligraphy, brush painting, Samurai swords, and Japanese arts and crafts. Many of the products will be offered for sale.

435 West Menomonee Street
Chicago, IL 60614 • 312-943-7801

Download flyer with two discounted admissions here.

For more information visit the Ginza site.

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photo: Andrew Vitale

photo: Andrew Vitale

“Samurai” Jack Diego Kim 義賢 Salud Sora

Son of Czerina Salud and Dwight Sora
Joined the dojo July 5th
6 lbs 4 ounces
19 inches

In his relatively short time with us he has already achieved the rank of 1st Kyute.

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Michi Calligraphy

michi by Mitsugi Saotome

Chicago Aikido Club is assisting former Illinois Aikido Club member Jordan B. Lome in the sale of several Aikido-related items in his possession prior to relocating to India.

Mr. Lome is currently offering a framed 32 x 32 inch calligraphy by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. If you are interested in purchasing the calligraphy, please visit the dojo’s eBay page.

Mr. Lome first joined the Illinois Aikido Club when he was 17 years old, and was awarded a Nidan in 1992 from Midwest Aikido Center.

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Bon Odori Festival – July 12th


SATURDAY, JULY 12th at 7:30 p.m at the Midwest Buddhist Temple. No charge. Much fun.

Obon (お盆) or just Bon (盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.

Parking can be tough for Obon. The Sedgwick stop of the Brown Line is within walking distance.

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