2017 Asian American Heritage Month Festival Aikido Demonstration

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Left to Right: Luke Sims, Joe Grospe, Ed Reiff, Dwight Sora

The combined ASU dojo Aikido demo made a successful return appearance to the Asian American Coalition Annual Festival (in celebration of Asian American Heritage Month) at Richard J. Daley Plaza on Tuesday, May 23. This year’s participants represented three different dojo: Joe Grospe (Lake County Aikikai), Ed Reiff (Chicago Aikikai), Luke Sims (Chicago Aikikai), and Dwight Sora (Chicago Aikido Club).

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This year’s audience, keeping dry from the rain outside.

A rainstorm meant that all performances were moved inside the Daley Center, on a stage smaller than last year’s and without mats. Despite that and slight half hour delay to allow students from St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chinatown to perform their dance routine first and get back to school, the Aikido demonstration went off without a hitch and was well-received by those in the audience.

Left: The demo team at Daley Center (Joe Grospe, Dwight Sora, Luke Sims, Ed Reiff;
Right: Selfie with 2017 Festival Performance Chair Arshia Hussain

After being introduced by Festival Performance Chair Arshia Hussain, Dwight Sora introduced the demo team, provided a brief explanation of Aikido and its traditions, and narrated as the different team members rotated performing various exercises and techniques illustrating the concepts of Aikido.

Introducing the audience to the basics

The demo concluded with a variety of different freestyle techniques. At the end, the participants had an opportunity to take a photo with the organizers and certificates of appreciation were presented to the dojo.

Aikido in action

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With representatives of this year’s sponsors, the Pakistani community


Thanks from the organizers.

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