Members of Chicago Aikido Club and Chicago Aikikai were given a warm reception by the Asian American Coalition of Chicago and the public crowd that had gathered to watch their lunchtime demo as part of 15th Asian American Festival at Daley Center Plaza. Despite some cloudy skies and signs of possible rain, the demo went off without a hitch. Emcees Joanie Lum (news reporter, WFLD-TV Channel 32)and Rose Tibayan (award-winning broadcast journalist and digital media entrepreneur) were especially pleased to see strong female representation from Qin Zheng and Satoko Bourdaghs from Chicago Aikikai.
Sean Bruegman watches Qin Zheng and Stephen Weinberg
Stephen Weinberg performing ikkyo (first technique) on Dwight Sora (Satoko Bourdagh in background).
Left to Right: Kendrick Suenaga, Satoko Bourdagh, Dwight Sora, Megan Nakano (Honorary VP for 2014 Host Community), Martino Tangkar (Indonesian American community representative, AACC Board of Directors), Stephen Weinberg, Satoko Bourdagh and Qin Zheng.