Midwestern aikidoka gathered together for a day friendship and training on Saturday 16th at the Benefit Seminar for Japan Disaster Relief Efforts held at Aikido Shimboku Dojo in Lake in the Hills on Saturday, April 16.
The one-day event featured instruction by Lisa Tomoleoni (5th Dan, Aikikai), head instructor and founder of Aikido Shimboku Dojo, and Marsha Turner (5th Dan, ASU) of the Chicago Aikikai. Despite the unseasonably cold weather (including brief snow flurries) and the somber theme of the day, the atmosphere was lively, with both instructors injecting plenty of warmth and humor into their presentations. This was Turner’s first seminar at Aikido Shimboku Dojo, and hopefully is the start of a long-lasting association. The class content – emphasizing many aspects of entering and body awareness – gave plenty of opportunity for vigorous training and plenty of falling (Turner warned everyone to mind the “little humans” attending from among the dojo’s child students). Everyone felt beat and exhausted at the end, but could go home satisfied with the proceeds raised for disaster relief agencies in Japan.