Regular classes have been canceled for the holiday weekend. If you are looking for the best possible Aikido training this holiday Chicago Aikikai is hosting Shihan Mitsugi Saotome Nov 23rd-25th. Click here for more information and to register.
For those of you shopping this weekend you may want to stop by J Toguri Mercantile Co 851 West Belmont Ave. Founded shortly after World War II Toguri’s was the go to location for Japanese imports from fine silks to ikebana supplies. Toguri was Chicago’s first source for martial arts supplies. Iaito for Sakemoto Sensei’s Iaido classes were procured there after convincing Mr. Toguri you were indeed a student of the art. This involved a prolonged Q&A session to prove your worth, or he could have been just riding this gaijin. Chicago is loosing one more of it’s gems. Please stop by if you can have a look and make a purchase if something catches your eye.
Feel free to share you experiences at Toguri in the comments section.