Tomorrow we will be joined on the mat by Erik Matsunaga and members of Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo.
Previously, their dojo hosted a special visit by Joe Takehara Sensei. Erik is also the author of a profile of Takehara Sensei in Nikkei Chicago.
Class will be split in half, with Erik teaching an introduction to karate.
Post-class gathering at Konak’s in Andersonville. Left to Right: Ryan Yokota, Andrew Vitale, Erik Matsunaga, Joe Takehara, Dwight Sora.
One of Chicago Aikido Club‘s local suppliers for dogi training uniforms, East West Martial Arts Supply, recently closed one of its long-standing locations on the north side of the city. This prompted a search for additional suppliers. A number of good stores and companies were recommended by club members and friends at other dojo, and have been compiled here for anyone interested. (Chicago-area businesses have been highlighted)
Century Martial Arts
Choi Brothers (Chicago)
KI International Corporation
Kiyota Company, Inc. [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED]
KPM SUPPLY (Franklin Park)
Military Arts Institute (maintains former inventory of East West Martial Arts) (Chicago)
6001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 381-7765 (Call for Mr. Shin and arrange a time to meet)
Although East West Martial Arts has closed its location at 2024 West Balmoral, the company is still in operation through Military Arts Institute (as stated above) and through their website at http://www.bearbrandinc.com/.
Inaka Dojo, 704 Dixie Highway, Beecher, IL 60401, United States
Head Instructor Wendy Whited invites everyone to join in a special class with a focus on training for Shodan (first degree black belt) testing. Sessions begin at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. All levels welcome. Fee: $25.00. Please RSVP email@example.com. For more information visit: http://www.inakadojo.org/.
Abiding Spirit Center
1540 Carlemont Dr, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
The Abiding Spirit Center, home to our friends Abiding Spirit Aikikai (led by Lisa Tomoleoni), is holding a fundraiser for a new space. All aikidoka are invited to join in executing 1,000 suburi (sword cuts) to raise $10,000 so the dojo can move and build out their new space. Contributions may be made via Paypal to AbidingSpiringCenter@gmail.com (Abiding Spirit Center is a 501c3 organization, so all contributions are tax deductible). Abiding Spirit Aikikai has been home to a number of notable events in recent years, including the annual Midwest Bridge Seminar and weekend seminars with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan. The Center also provides a variety of health services and other programs, including free programs for the area teen center, work with an area organization to offer free mindfulness training workshops, providing free health care treatments to cancer survivors, free empowerment workshops for abuse survivors, free health care to caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, and many more such activities. For details, visit http://www.abidingspiritcenter.org or Facebook.
Starting next month, Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) invites all newcomers to try out the martial art of aikido the first Monday class of every month.
The class is absolutely free. No experience or uniform necessary. Just be sure to wear clothes in which you can move freely, and bring flip flops and an open attitude.
First Mondays Intro Class will begin on Monday, August 3, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.
For more info, visit http://www.chicagoaikidoclub.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a Facebook event page here.
Club member Luke Sims who just took his test for rokkyu (6th kyu) on Sunday, July 12 (Congratulations Luke!) is also pursuing a major in Product Design at Columbia College (with a minor in Environmental Studies). With a number of artistic disciplines under his belt (he studies drawing, painting, photography, writing, theater, music, glassblowing and dance), he volunteered to contribute a new flyer for the dojo this summer. The results you can see above.
Luke joins us from his hometown of Miami, FL. He has actually been studying aikido for a few years at other dojo. He was first introduced to the art by a friend of his father during middle school, but did not begin formal training until his senior year of high school. He has been part of Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) for little more than a year.
You can also check out some more of Luke’s artwork and photography here at Behance at on Instagram here.