Category Archives: Media

AIKIDO – El arte de la paz

New Spanish-language promotional postcard. Art by Ivan Lee. Translation and editing by Marlon Fadragas, Sol HM, Jose Nateras and Blanca Estela Lopez. Thanks everyone! Advertisements

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VoyageChicago Profile

Chicago Aikido Club just received notification from the magazine VoyageChicago that their recent interview with club member Dwight Sora has been posted. The interview is a brief introduction to Aikido and Chicago Aikido Club, and may be viewed at the … 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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Joe Takehara Inducted into Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame

clockwise from top left: Joe Takehara in the 1960s receiving instruction from Koichi Tohei at the old Illinois Aikido Club, teaching class at Chicago Aikido Club, demonstrating at Tohkon Judo Academy’s annual Kagami Biraki Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) has received an … Continue reading

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2017 Flyer and Card Design

The club has a new design for flyers and cards that we’ll be trying out this year. It is a piece of original artwork by graphic artist Ivan Lee (a club friend and supporter whose family also runs Aloha Eats, a … Continue reading

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An “Uplifted” Experience

Local photographer Kentaro Yamada has made Joe Takehara Sensei a subject of his inspirational photo series “The Uplifted.” According to his website, his mission is “to expose something positive and contribute ‘good’ to counter all of the sadness and negativity that we’re … Continue reading

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The Orange Story Premiering December 2016

The Orange Story, a 13-minute short set during the early days of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans and featuring the acting debut of Joe Takehara (senior instructor of Chicago Aikido Club and founding member of the original … Continue reading

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Upcoming Peace-Themed Seminar

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Aikido Instructor Relives the Past

A member of the crew adjusts Joe Takehara’s wardrobe On Thursday, April 28, Chicago Aikido Club senior instructor Joe Takehara stepped back through time into his own past. Although the actual place was the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois, it … Continue reading

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More Blasts from Chicago Aikido’s Past

Earlier, we posted a photo from the original Illinois Aikido Club provided by our friend Erik Matsunaga, who is involved in ongoing research into the history of the Japanese American community in Chicago. Here are some more gems from the … Continue reading

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