On Wednesday, April 20, several members of Chicago Aikido Club were guests of Tatsuo Toyoda Sensei and his students at Tenshinkan Dojo (headquarters of Aikido Association of America), based at Japanese Culture Center in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Instruction during class was split between Toyoda Sensei and Dwight Sora, followed by some lively conversation and socializing over drinks.
Earlier, we posted a photo from the original Illinois Aikido Club provided by our friend Erik Matsunaga, who is involved in ongoing research into the history of the Japanese American community in Chicago. Here are some more gems from the past given to us by Erik.
Attendees of the Midwest Aikido Bridge 2016 seminar, hosted by Abiding Spirit Center.
The instructors of Midwest Aikido Bridge 2016.
L to R: Andy Sato (6th Dan, Kiku Matsu Dojo), Wendy Whited (7th Dan, Inaka Dojo), Hiroshi Ikeda (7th Dan, Boulder Aikikai), Joe Takehara (6th Dan, Chicago Aikido Club), M. Rock Lazo (5th Dan, Midwest Aikido Center; Kenosha, Aikikai Aikido), Rodger Park (6th Dan, Huron Valley Aikikai)
Joe Takehara instructing at the seminar.
Joe Takehara with CAC member Joanne Doi
CAC member Kendrick Suenaga deep in concentration
Memorable 85th birthday for Takehara Sensei this year. He gave a great class as part of the Midwest Bridge seminar, followed by dinner at Chinese dinner at Gourmet House in Algonquin and presentation of cards and a birthday cake made by our friend Aki at Café Furaibo (A little bit of unintended humor though, as the cake misspelled his last name “Takhara.”).
The late Norman Miyagi (1910-2002), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and co-founder of the Illinois Aikido Club (IAC), stands at right in this photo of the first storefront IAC dojo at 3223 N. Clark. From the Joe Takehara collection.
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Chicago Aikido Club senior member and instructor Joe Takehara will part of the featured lineup of this year’s Midwest Aikido Bridge seminar at Abiding Spirit Center from April 1 – 3. He will be joining Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan (Chief Instructor, Boulder Aikikai), M. Rock Lazo (Chief Instructor, Kenosha Aikikai), Rodger Park (Principal Instructor, Huron Valley Aikikai), Andy Sato (Chief Instructor, Aikido World Alliance) and Wendy Whited (instructor, Inaka Dojo and Ko Fu Juku Dojo).
Midwest Aikido Bridge 2016
Friday April 1, 9:00am through Sunday April 3, 12:30pm
Abiding Spirit Center
829 Virginia Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Thanks to Chicago Aikikai member Alexander Hindley for providing some video of Chicago Aikido Club‘s recent demonstration at Tohkon Judo Academy‘s kagami biraki celebration on Saturday, January 9.
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The Milwaukee Aikido Club held their annual kagami biraki training and potluck on Saturday, January 30. Class was led by Joe Takehara of Chicago Aikido Club, an old acquaintance of the dojo’s founder, Mike Mamura.
Joe Takehara’s name displayed on the nafudakake (name plaque rack) of Milwaukee Aikido Club (MAC)
The party gets started. Left to right: Joe Takehara (CAC), Jim Carr (Lake County Aikikai), Yuki Hara (CAC), Jim Lauer (MAC)
Enjoying the potluck. Patrick Miller (CAC) and Jim Carr (LCA).
Joe Takehara and Yuki Hara holding court
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On Saturday, January 9, Tohkon Judo Academy held its annual Kagami Biraki celebration to kick off 2016. Once again, Chicago Aikido Club was invited to participate and have an opportunity to thank Tohkon for providing a home for the dojo.
Festivities began in the morning with mochi tsuki , the traditional making of rice cakes for the New Year. Club members in attendance jumped in to help, as did visiting aikidoka Qin Zheng and Alexander Hindley from our affiliate dojo, Chicago Aikikai.
Pounding left to right: Brittany Alsot, Qin Zheng, Andrew Vitale, Alexander Hindley
Brittany Alsot and Qin Zheng
Andrew Vitale and Alexander Hindley
At the start of the afternoon, a Tenrikyo Ohar-i purification ceremony was performed by priest and judoka, Reverend Goro Oki.
Left: The alter prepared for the ceremony
Right: Rev. Goro Oki, Doug Tono (founder and head instructor of Tohkon Judo Academy), Michael Takada (Chief Executive Officer, Japanese American Service Committee), Dwight Sora (Chicago Aikido Club), Felix Lanier (Tohkon Judo Academy)
Chicago Aikido Club then provided an aikido demonstration following a Japanese drumming performance by Kokyo Taiko, and prior to a demonstration and presentation of awards by the students of Tohkon Judo Academy.
Thanks again to all club members who participated in this year’s Tohkon Kagami Biraki and those who showed up for support.
All photos by Joanne Doi