This week our friends at Aikido Association of America (AAA) are hosting a weekend seminar with noted instructor Yasuo Kobayashi Soshihan* (8th dan, Aikikai). Kobayashi Soshihan entered Honbu Dojo in 1954 as an uchideshi to Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, and in 1969 established the Kobayashi Dojo in Kodaira. This has in turn become the center of 120 affiliate dojo around the world, stretching between Asia, Europe and North and South America.
The seminar will be preceded by a special event cosponsored by the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) on Thursday, November 3. Kobayashi Soshihan will give a presentation and demo, followed by a Q&A session at Japanese Culture Center (home of the AAA) at 1016 W. Belmont Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the presentation starts at 6:30 pm. The event is $5 for members of JASC and Japanese Culture Center and $10 for non-members. Registration and further information may be found at the JASC website, or calling them at (312) 263-3049.
The seminar itself will be held from the evening of Friday, November 4 through the morning of Sunday, November 6 at the MAC Gym on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Registration at the door is $100 for Friday/Sunday, $150 for Saturday and $250 for the entire weekend. For full details, visit the seminar’s Facebook event page,
*Soshihan (総師範) is a title akin to “Grand Master”