Category Archives: Events

Special 1-Day Seminar with Wendy Whited Sensei

Chicago Aikikai will be hosting a special one-day seminar with Wendy Whited Sensei (7th dan, Inaka Dojo) on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Class times are 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. The afternoon class will … Continue reading

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Swords, Bridesmaids and Heavy Metal (No, seriously)

as reported by Dwight Sora Something out of the ordinary about this picture Several months ago, Chicago Aikido Club received a rather unusual request. The maid of honor for an upcoming wedding was looking to do something different for the … Continue reading

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Happy 50th Milwaukee Aikido Club!

Norio “Mike” Mamura, Dojo Founder This weekend, our old friends the Milwaukee Aikido Club celebrate 50 years of dedicated training with a special anniversary seminar. The dojo was founded in 1967 by  Norio “Mike” Mamura Sensei (1918-2000), who was originally from … Continue reading

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2017 Asian American Heritage Month Festival Aikido Demonstration

Dwight Sora 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 … Continue reading

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Upcoming Aikido Demo at Daly Plaza

Members of the Chicago Aikido Club and Chicago Aikikai will again be performing an Aikido demo for the 2017 Asian American Coalition of Chicago Annual Festival at Richard J. Daley Center (50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602) on Tuesday, May 23. This … Continue reading

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Abiding Spirit Aikikai Chop ‘Til You Drop Fundraiser (Saturday, May 20)

    The Abiding Spirit Center will hold its annual fundraising event on May 20, starting at 10:30 am. This year the event is “Chop ‘Til You Drop”, where people will complete 2,500 sword cuts (that’s a lot!) for donations … Continue reading

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Inaka Dojo 25th Anniversary Seminar

Inaka Dojo in Beecher, Illinois will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend with a special training seminar on May 5 – 7, 2017. Special guest instructors will be Chuck Weber Sensei (7th dan) and Charlie Page Sensei (7th dan) of Baltimore … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Internal Martial Arts (speech by Grandmaster Wai Lun Choi)

Grandmaster Wai Lun Choi At this year’s Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame Banquet (where Chicago Aikido Club senior instructor Joe Takehara was a recipient this year), the event opened with a speech by Grandmaster Wai Lun Choi, an expert in Liu Ho Ba … Continue reading

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Pics from 2017 Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame Banquet

The Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame held its annual banquet on Saturday, April 1 at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Chicago Aikido Club senior instructor Joe Takehara was among this year’s inductees, sharing the stage with 17 … Continue reading

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Hiroshi Ikeda at Oberlin College

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan of Boulder Aikikai will be teaching at Oberlin Aikikai’s annual  May Fair Seminar April 28-30. The event is open to Aikido students of all levels and affiliations. Classes will will be held at the Hales Gym on the … Continue reading

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