Pics from 2017 Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame Banquet

The Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame held its annual banquet on Saturday, April 1 at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Chicago Aikido Club senior instructor Joe Takehara was among this year’s inductees, sharing the stage with 17 other notable martial instructors, students and competitive athletes recognized for both their individual achievements as well as contributions to the greater martial arts community.

Program book: cover, list of inductees, Takehara’s entry

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Signing the commemorative banner (with students Joanne Doi, Luke Sims and Kendrick Suenaga)
JT6036Takehara with members of his family

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With students and friends (L to R, back row: Luke Sims, Erik Matsunaga, Christine Matsunaga, Dwight Sora, Joanne Doi, Kendrick Suenaga; front row: David Babbitt, Joe Takehara, Phil Marmet, Maggie Marmet)
Speech and award time (with organizers Pete Hoffman and Mike McNamera)
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Saying congratulations (L to R; back row: Jim Moy, Erik Matsunaga, Luke Sims, David Babbitt, Phil Marmet, Kendrick Suenaga, Jim Carr; front row: Joanne Doi, Joe Takehara, Dwight Sora, Christine Matsunaga)

Photos courtesy of Jim Moy

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Hiroshi Ikeda at Oberlin College

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan of Boulder Aikikai will be teaching at Oberlin Aikikai’s annual  May Fair Seminar April 28-30. The event is open to Aikido students of all levels and affiliations.

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Classes will will be held at the Hales Gym on the Oberlin College campus (180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016). Registration is $140 for the entire seminar or $40 per class (Pre-registration recommended). For more information, visit the Oberlin Aikikai website or call 216-392-2274.

Class schedule:

Friday, April 28, evening class at 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, morning class at 10 – 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, morning class at 10 – 1 p.m.

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Friendship Seminar at Ryoshinkan Dojo

Ryoshinkan Dojo in Arlington Heights (534 W. Campus Dr.) will be hosting a one-day friendship seminar on Tuesday, March 21.

Instruction will be by Judy Leppert and Graig Neville.

The seminar will include classes for both children and adults. The children’s class will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and adult classes will follow from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and 8:15 pm to 9:15 pm.

 

 

For more information, contact Josh Weiser at jweiser@aaa-aikido.com or (847) 361-9714.

 

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Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Chicago Aikikai

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan (7th dan, Boulder Aikikai) will be teaching a seminar at Chicago Aikikai the weekend of September 1 to 3.

Classes will be held on 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Friday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday.

Registration for the full seminar is $140 in advance (before June 2) and $170at the door, or $50 per class. To register, go to www.chicagoaikikai.org. Contact (312) 880-7357 or info@chicagoaikikai.org for further information.

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Tres Hofmeister at Chicago Aikikai in June

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Tres Hofmeister (7th dan, Boulder Aikikai) will be teaching a seminar at Chicago Aikikai the weekend of June 2 to June 4.

Classes will be held on 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Friday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday.

Registration for the full seminar is $125 in advance (before June 2) and $145 at the door, or $50 per class. To register, go to www.chicagoaikikai.org. Contact (312) 880-7357 or info@chicagoaikikai.org for further information.

 

 

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Joe Takehara Inducted into Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame

clockwise from top left: Joe Takehara in the 1960s receiving instruction from Koichi Tohei at the old Illinois Aikido Club, teaching class at Chicago Aikido Club, demonstrating at Tohkon Judo Academy’s annual Kagami Biraki

Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) has received an official announcement that senior instructor Joe Takehara  will be inducted into the 2017 class of the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame in honor of his years of dedication to the art of Aikido as a student and instructor.

On Saturday, April 1, Takehara will join 17 other recipients representing a wide range of martial arts at the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame’s 13th Annual event, to be held at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.

For tickets, contact Mike McNamara for tickets at macveg3@aol.com or at 708-473-0682. Details may be found at the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame Facebook event page.

Complete list of the 2017 Class of Inductees of the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Steve Abbatte – (Posthumous) Viet Nam veteran and noted Chinese style martial artist

Oscar Bravo – Boxing Champion and lifelong martial artist

Charles Brown – (Posthumous) early Illinois karate black belt and the first African American to own and operate a commercial martial arts school in Illinois.

Gerald E Cook – High ranking Taekwondo practitioner and the first coach of multi-Olympic Medalist Juan Miguel Moreno

Tim Critser – one of the highest ranking Tracy’s Kenpo Karate stylists in Illinois and trainer of hundreds of students

Bernice Downs – the first high level female karate competitor from Illinois, she dominated local and national competition in the 1960’s and 1970’s

Manson “Master Blaster” Gibson – holder of multiple World Kickboxing Championships in several weight divisions for multiple organizations. Gibson would fight anyone, anywhere

Gregory T Johnson – early Kyokushin black belt who has operated his karate school in the southwest suburbs for more than 50 consecutive years

Phillip Koeppel – early Illinois Karate pioneer, noted instructor, formerly a high ranking USKA officer and now head of the USKK

Lorraine Lissner – Chinese stylist and competitor, a consistent winner fighting, forms and weapons

Paula Lezarz – high ranking Chinese martial artist, instructor and competitor on the regional and national level

John McSweeney – (Posthumous) early Ed Parker Kenpo black belt, early Illinois Kenpo instructor and the Father of Kenpo Karate in Ireland

Juan Miguel Moreno – member of three Olympic Taekwondo teams as a competitor, Moreno won two silver medals at the Games and is now a national team coach

Rick Sollo – one of the first people from Illinois to train Muay Thai, now a noted trainer. The first Illinoisan to regularly train in Thailand

Rick Stellwagen – retired, undefeated kickboxer and holder of several professional and amateur titles

Mark Streator – retired kickboxer who held many titles, now a top trainer

Dr. Joe Takehara – High ranking Aikido sensei and one of the original members of the Illinois Aikido Club, the first group to regularly train Aikido in the state. Dr. Takehara is also a retired dentist

John Zurisk – World Breaking Champion

 

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“The Uplifted” on Chicago TV

Photographer Kentaro Yamada who recently featured Chicago Aikido Club senior instructor Joe Takehara as part of his series “The Uplifted” appeared on the local Chicago program You & Me This Morning (WCIU).

Yamada’s shot of Takehara with several “levitating” students appears at 0:25 in a clip that may be found on Youtube.

 

 

 

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Busy Weekend in Illinois Aikido Seminars

There are two noteworthy seminars taking place this coming Saturday, March 4 at different dojo.

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First up, there is a friendship seminar being held at Aikido of Havard (39 N. Ayer Stt., Harvard, Illinois 60033). The lineup includes Ken Purdy (4th Dan, Northern Wisconsin Aikido), Tim Spies (4th Dan, Ryoshinkan Dojo) and Terry Leonard (5th Dan, Aikido of Harvard). The seminar is divided into morning and afternoon sessions starting at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm, followed by a party starting at 6:00 pm. No mat charge, just a suggested $10 donation to contribute to the party. The contact for the event is Josh Weiser (jweiser@aaa-aikido.com, 847-361-9714).

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Then, Abiding Spirit Aikikai (829 Virginia Rd, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014) is hosting “Strikes and Slices” with Jeff Hempel (5th Dan, Aikido of Madison) from 12:00 pm to 4:00 PM. The seminar will focus on strikes and knife techniques.

Both events are open to all styles and affiliations.

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2017 Flyer and Card Design

The club has a new design for flyers and cards that we’ll be trying out this year. It is a piece of original artwork by graphic artist Ivan Lee (a club friend and supporter whose family also runs Aloha Eats, a local restaurant popular with our members).

Check it out.

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The image is based upon a photo taken by Jim Moy featuring Dwight Sora and Bill Cruz.

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“The Orange Story” at 2017 Day of Remembrance

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The Orange Story, the dramatic short film about the WWII Japanese American internment starring Joe Takehara Sensei, will be screened again at this year’s Day of Remembrance observance.

Titled “Time for Action,” Day of Remembrance is an annual event held to commemorate the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt which led to the internment.

The event will take place from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Chicago History Museum (1601 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60614).

Here is the complete schedule for the event.

2:00 p.m. Welcome
Chicago History Museum President: Gray Johnson
Chicago Japanese American Historical Society President Jean Mishima

2:05 p.m Mistress of Ceremony Anna Takada
Presentation of Colors Nisei Post 1183

2:15 p.m. Reading of The Civilian Exclusion Order Zoe Ariyama

2:20p.m. Viewing of the films:
The Orange Story
A Song for Manzanar

2: 50 p.m. Poetry Reading Dwight Okita
The Nice Thing About Counting Stars
In Response to Executive Order 9066

3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Moderator Sandra Yamate
Panel Members: The Orange Story Jason Matsumoto, Executive Producer
Erika Street Hopman, Writer & Director

A Song for Manzanar
Kazuko Golden, Writer & Director
Dwight Okita, Poet & Author

3:50 p.m. Retiring of the Color

4:00 p.m. Acknowledgement
Announcement: Refreshments will be served upstairs in the “Chicago Room”.

Refreshments will be served upstairs in the “Chicago Room.”

Validated parking is available on 1730 N. Stockton. It is right behind (west) of Lincoln Park Zoo.

 

 

 

 

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