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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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Visit from Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo (Friday, August 15)

Tomorrow we will be joined on the mat by Erik Matsunaga and members of Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo. Previously, their dojo hosted a special visit by Joe Takehara Sensei. Erik is also the author of a profile of Takehara Sensei … Continue reading

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Jo Takehara Sensei featured on Nikkei Chicago (Japanese Migrants and Their Descendants)

Our friend Erik Matsunaga of the nearby Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo interviewed Takehara sensei about his life, as a Japanese nisei in America and as one of the first aikidoka in the Midwest. This is what Erik had to say … Continue reading

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