Tag Archives: aikido

Promoting Peace with Urban Warriors

  Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) will be partnering with Urban Warrior Fitness in Rogers Park to present two free Monday night introductory aikido workshops on October 30 and November 13. Both workshops will last 90 minutes and start at 7:00 … Continue reading

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“Night at the Nisei Lounge” (2013)

Erik Matsunaga, head instructor of Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo and who profiled Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) senior instructor Joe Takehara Sensei in Discover Nikkei recently shared this memorable photo and memory from 2013 with members of the two dojo getting together at … Continue reading

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Blast from Chicago Aikido’s Past – Archival Photo from local Japanese festival

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 … Continue reading

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Bob Poresky Seminar in Batavia

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 … 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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Visit to Tenshinkan Dojo

On Wednesday, April 20, several members of Chicago Aikido Club were guests of Tatsuo Toyoda Sensei and his students at Tenshinkan Dojo (headquarters of Aikido Association of America), based at Japanese Culture Center in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Instruction … 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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Midwest Bridge 2016 Photos

Attendees of the Midwest Aikido Bridge 2016 seminar, hosted by Abiding Spirit Center. The instructors of Midwest Aikido Bridge 2016. L to R: Andy Sato (6th Dan, Kiku Matsu Dojo),  Wendy Whited (7th Dan, Inaka Dojo), Hiroshi Ikeda (7th Dan, Boulder Aikikai), Joe … Continue reading

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Happy 85th Birthday Takehara Sensei

Memorable 85th birthday for Takehara Sensei this year. He gave a great class as part of the Midwest Bridge seminar, followed by dinner at Chinese dinner at Gourmet House in Algonquin and presentation of cards and a birthday cake made … Continue reading

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Blast from Chicago Aikido’s Past

The late Norman Miyagi (1910-2002), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and co-founder of the Illinois Aikido Club (IAC), stands at right in this photo of the first storefront IAC dojo at 3223 N. Clark. From the Joe Takehara collection.     … Continue reading

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