Tohkon 2016 Kagami Biraki Video

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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Happy New Year Milwaukee!

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Joe Takehara of Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) together with Debra Mamura Belter, head instructor of Milwaukee Aikido Club (MAC) and daughter of dojo founder Mike Mamura.

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.

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Joe Takehara’s name displayed on the nafudakake (name plaque rack) of Milwaukee Aikido Club (MAC)

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The party gets started. Left to right: Joe Takehara (CAC), Jim Carr (Lake County Aikikai), Yuki Hara (CAC), Jim Lauer (MAC)

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Enjoying the potluck. Patrick Miller (CAC) and Jim Carr (LCA).

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Joe Takehara and Yuki Hara holding court

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Ringing in the New Year with our Budo Family

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.

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Pounding left to right: Brittany Alsot, Qin Zheng, Andrew Vitale, 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.

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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
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First Monday Intro Class (January 4)

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Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) will hold its next First Mondays Intro Class on Monday, January 4, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

All newcomers are invited to try out the martial art of aikido.

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.

For more info, visit http://www.chicagoaikidoclub.com or e-mail info@chicagoaikidoclub.com.

We also have a Facebook event page here.

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First Monday Intro Class (December 7)

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Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) will hold its next First Mondays Intro Class on Monday, December 7, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

All newcomers are invited to try out the martial art of aikido.

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.

For more info, visit http://www.chicagoaikidoclub.com or e-mail info@chicagoaikidoclub.com.

We also have a Facebook event page here.

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In memorium

Some belated news. The father of Douglas Tono, head instructor of Tohkon Judo Academy (where Chicago Aikido Club is based) passed away on Sunday, November 1. Jack Kiyoto Tono was born and raised in California. He was interned at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp during WWII and was part of what is now known as the “Heart Mountain 63” (internment resisters). A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, 1151 W. Leland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. Visitation will be from 1:00pm to 2:30pm followed by a service at 2:30pm. For information, please call the Buddhist Temple of Chicago at 773/334-4661.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Quick announcement before Thanksgiving. Class at CAC is cancelled this Friday (November 27) for the holiday weekend. However, Takehara Sensei will be teaching at 11:30 am on Sunday (November 28).

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For all those attending the annual Thanksgiving weekend seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan at Chicago Aikikai, hope to see you there!

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MOA-Jamie Zimron Sensei Presentation

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Martial Arts / Combat Systems as Sports

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