Tag Archives: Japanese American

Thanks for the Memories

    Dear Friends and Members of Chicago Aikido Club, After careful consideration, the decision has been made to close the club. Due to declining membership and other factors, we can no longer continue operation in our current form. However, … Continue reading

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Kagami Biraki Class with Joe Takehara Sensei

  Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) will host a 2018 Kagami Biraki Class with Joe Takehara Sensei on Sunday, February 11. Class will be held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, followed by a potluck. Friends, family and newcomers welcome.   … Continue reading

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Images from Tohkon Judo Academy Kagami Biraki 2018

Some pics from Tohkon Judo Academy‘s Kagami Biraki celebration at Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) on Saturday, January 13, 2017. Clockwise from left: Rice cookers steaming away in JASC kitchen; Consul General of Japan Naoki Ito taking a turn at pounding; … Continue reading

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The Orange Story Continues to be Told

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 … Continue reading

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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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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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