Tag Archives: Jo Takehara

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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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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Takehara Sensei at Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo

Monday, October 6  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm As part of a special karate class Takehara Sensei will talk about the mental aspects of budo, the fundamentals of Aikido and Ki energy. Also expected to be in attendance is Mr. Shojiro Sugiyama, … 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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The Year of the Horse is out of the gate.

The Chicago Aikido Club celebrated the Year of the Horse with wonderful practice sessions this past February 9; special thanks to guest instructor Marsha Turner Sensei, and chief instructor, Jo Takahara, Sensei. We were happy to welcome our extended Aikido … Continue reading

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6th Annual Kagami Biraki – February 9th

Sunday February 9th the Chicago Aikido Club is celebrating it’s sixth annual Kagami Biraki. Our own Jo Takehara Sensei and the Chicago Aikikai‘s Marsha Turner Sensei will be leading keiko from 11:30 to 1:30. Immediately following training will be our … Continue reading

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Certificate Ceremony

On Sunday December 22 Takehara Sensei handed out certificates of rank to Nguyen, Ryan and Luis. Nguyen and Ryan were issued certificates for their promotion to 6th Kyu and Luis for his promotion to 3rd. We are all very proud of … Continue reading

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April Kyu Tests

Here are some photos Takehara Sensei took at the recent round of kyu tests. Congratulations Ryan, Nyugen and Luis. And many thanks to Marsha Turner Sensei for leading class and tests. All photos: Jo Takehara

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