Although filmed more than a year ago and having premiered at the end of 2016, the short film The Orange Story starring Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) senior instructor Joe Takehara Sensei continues its journey to educate the public and a new generation about the World War II Japanese American internment.
In September, the film was shown as part of a session on the internment in the intro to Asian American studies course taught by Dr. Corinne Kodama of the Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Takehara Sensei was in attendance along with representatives of the filmmaking team. At one point, the students were polled of their previous knowledge of the internment, and only four of 30 students said the topic had been covered in high school. Three more such sessions at UIC are planned for October.
Then on September 30, Takehara Sensei accompanied the filmmakers to Los Angeles for a screening and panel at the Japanese American National Museum.
Thank you again to Takehara Sensei, producer Jason Matsumoto, and the team at Full Spectrum Features for keeping this important part of American history (and Takehara Sensei’s own life) alive and in the minds of people today.
On a side note, although not directly connected to Takehara Sensei, The Orange Story or Chicago Aikido Club, Alphawood Gallery in Chicago has been hosting an in-depth and informative exhibit on the internment. Titled Then They Came for Me, the exhibit includes extensive photos, artifacts, film footage and video testimonials. If interested, you have until November 19 to catch it.
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Tagged Alphawood Gallery, Full Spectrum Features, history, Japanese American, Japanese American internment, Japanese American National Museum, Japanese American relocation, Joe Takehara, short film, The Orange Story, Then They Came for Me, World War II
Request for assistance for Michi Dojo, an affiliate of our national organization Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU). They are based in San Juan, Puerto Rico and suffered damage from the Hurricane.
Feldenkrais was devised by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984) who applied knowledge gained from his study of physics, engineering, and martial arts (judo) to an intensive self-study of movement habits.
Come to Your Senses (Feldenkrais Class)
Description: What is it about fall that makes us want to go back to class? It’s the human condition wanting to learn. Re-spark that brilliant brain that learned so easily when you were young. Join me as we explore our ribs and our breath, and maybe discover something new about our balance.
Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Our Ribs: Cage or Carriage?”
Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Breath: Our Life-long Companion”
4 week Tuesday sessions — $80
4 week Thursday sessions — $80
Jason Shadday Studio
Uptown Bank Building
(also known as Bridgeview Bank Building)
4753 N. Broadway Avenue
10th Floor, Suite 1014
(building entrance is on Lawrence Ave. right next to Starbucks)
Free 2 hour parking in the bank parking lot east of the building along the L tracks.
Contact Suzanne Thompson
Space is limited
Our friend Erik Matsunaga, head instructor of Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo and writer for the Japanese American online journal Discover Nikkei, recently shared with us this excerpt from a 1967 edition of the Chicago Tribune.
Dated August 27, it features a photo and caption of an Aikido demonstration by the old Illinois Aikido Club (Chicago’s first Aikido dojo, and starting point for instructors such as Joe Takehara and Mike Mamura) at the annual Ginza Holiday Festival at the Midwest Buddhist Temple.
The caption contains several interesting inaccuracies, referring to the dojo as “Aikido Club of Illinois,” and referring to the temple as “Midwest Buddhist church.” Plus the use of the term “Oriental”; now largely considered inaccurate and outdated.
Thanks Erik for providing us with this piece of local Aikido and Japanese American history.
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Tagged 1967, aikido, Chicago Tribune, festivals, GInza Holiday Festival, history, Illinois Aikido Club, Japanese American Community, Joe Takehara, Martial Arts, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Mike Mamura, Milwaukee Aikido Club
Mushin Aikido Dojo in Batavia, IL will be hosting a two-day seminar with Bob Poresky Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5.
Bob Poresky is the founder and chief instructor of Capital Aikikai of Syracuse
. Spanning over three and a half decades, he has an extensive and diverse involvement in martial arts. He currently holds the rank of godan
(5th degree blackbelt) and is certified as a shidoin
(instructor) by Aikido Hombu (Headquarters) Dojo
. In addition, he holds a nanadan
(7th degree black belt) as a shihan
(master instructor) in karate, as well as black belt rankings in aikijujutsu and iaido.
Bob Poresky’s practice and teaching focus on traditional martial principles and philosophies, all aspects of self-defense, and self-development. He sits on the Board of Governors of the Capital Aikikai Federation and is one of Clyde Takeguchi Shihan’s senior students.
Bob Poresky Aikido Seminar
Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5.
Classes starting at 10:00 AM
River West Family Fitness is at the Southwest corner of Shumway and First St., one block south of Wilson Street and two blocks east of Rt 31 in Batavia. Parking is available on the north and east sides of the building. Enter through the front door, north side of the building on First Street under the canopy.
Hotel information below. Spaces available for sleeping bags on the mat. Please call in advance if you have any special needs. Refreshments, snacks and maps to local eateries will be available. Dinner on Saturday night at the dojo will be a catered meat course with salads, potluck side dishes, desserts and beverages. Bring your own food and drink of choice. No donations needed (None refused).
A block of rooms are reserved at the Comfort Inn of Geneva. Prices are $92/night for a double queen (two queen beds) or a king suite (a king bed and a twin couch). Please mention“aikido” when booking. Comfort Inn guarantees these rates until 10/1/2016. After that date, they will honor the rate as rooms are available.
Comfort Inn & Suites of Geneva
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Tagged aikido, Batavia, Bob Poresky, Capital Aikikai, Clyde Takeguchi, Mushin Aikido Dojo, River West Family Fitness, seminar
Chicago Aikikai will host a Labor Day weekend seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan (7th dan, Boulder Aikikai) on September 1 to 3. Classes are 6:30 pm-8:30 pm on Friday (Sep 1), 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 3:00 pm-5:00 pm on Saturday (Sep 2), and 10:00 am-12:00 pm on Sunday (Sep 3). Cost is $170.00 for the full weekend or $50.00 per class. Full information and pre-registration available at the Chicago Aikikai website.
The Chicago Aikikai (located at 1444 W. Chicago Avenue) is Chicago’s oldest dojo for the martial art of Aikido. It is the direct successor to the original Illinois Aikido Club, and is currently affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) and is under the instruction of Marsha Turner (6th dan).
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On Saturday, August 5, Chicago Aikido Club’s host and supporter Tohkon Judo Academy will be co-sponsoring the annual Nikkei (Japanese American) Picnic together with Japanese American Service Committee.
The event is free and open to the public. Organizers will be providing roast pig, hot dogs, hamburgers and other stuff from the grill, while all other food and beverages will be potluck (BYOB; please note no glass containers allowed).
Scheduled activities include games for kids and adults, karaoke (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.), horseback riding, volleyball, softball and tug-of-war
Time for the event is 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Location is Grove #7 at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve (Touhy And Harts Rd, Niles, IL 60714).
Volunteers are needed to help load-up supplies. Loading will take place Friday, August 4 (after 6:00 pm- 7:45 pm Aikido class) starting at 8:00 pm.
If anyone is available after the end of the picnic, cleanup will begin at 6:00 pm with unloading at the dojo at 8:00 pm.