Tag Archives: Joe Takehara

“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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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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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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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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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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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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Kicking Off 2015 with Food and Friendship

Chicago Aikido Club kicked off the New Year in earnest with its annual Kagami Biraki class and party on Sunday, February 8 at Tohkon Judo Academy. Regular club members were joined on the mat by visitors from Aikido of West Bend (including chief … Continue reading

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Chicago Aikido Club Kagami Biraki 2015

Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) will be hosting its own Kagami Biraki celebration this coming Sunday, February 8. Class begins at 11:30 am and will be taught by both Joe Takehara and Yuki Hara taking turns on the mat. Afterward, a … Continue reading

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