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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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Joe Takehara at Midwest Aikido Bridge 2016

  Chicago Aikido Club senior member and instructor Joe Takehara will part of the featured lineup of this year’s Midwest Aikido Bridge seminar at Abiding Spirit Center from April 1 – 3. He will be joining Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan (Chief … Continue reading

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Tohkon 2016 Kagami Biraki Video

Thanks to Chicago Aikikai member Alexander Hindley for providing some video of Chicago Aikido Club‘s recent demonstration at Tohkon Judo Academy‘s kagami biraki celebration on Saturday, January 9.            

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Happy New Year Milwaukee!

The Milwaukee Aikido Club held their annual kagami biraki training and potluck on Saturday, January 30. Class was led by Joe Takehara of Chicago Aikido Club, an old acquaintance of the dojo’s founder, Mike Mamura.

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Photos from the Illinois Japan Bowl (March 7, 2015)

The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)  very kindly shared some photos from Chicago Aikido Club‘s demonstration at the Illinois Japan Bowl held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at North Central College in Naperville.                                   Featured in photos: … Continue reading

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