Tag Archives: Tohkon Judo Academy

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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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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Kagami Biraki at Tohkon Judo Academy

Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) will once again be participating in Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)‘s and Tohkon Judo Academy‘s annual Kagami Biraki event on Saturday, January 13. Doors open at 8:00 am with mochitsuki (rice cake-making), followed by the day’s program. … 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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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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Buy a Tatami Fundraiser

Chicago Aikido Club’s host, Tohkon Judo Academy, are holding a fundraising campaign to purchase new tatami mats for the dojo.  The current mats are over 18 years old and need to be replaced with 105 new ones.  They are also … Continue reading

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Tohkon Kagami Biraki 2014

Pound in the New Year January 11th at the Tohkon Judo Academy‘s annual Kagami Biraki celebration. Start the day, 8am, with some Mochi Tsuki (rice pounding). At noon Reverend Goro Oki will perform a Tenrikyo Ohana-i purification of the Dojo … Continue reading

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Judo Kata Clinic Feb 15th-17th (Aikido Canceled)

The weekend following our Kagami Biraki, February 15th-17th, Tohkon Judo Academy is hosting a Kata and Judge Certification. This is a full weekend seminar therefore Aikido classes will be canceled. In addition to the competitive component that Judo is widely … Continue reading

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Judo Kata Clinic February 17-19th

Aikido classes are canceled Friday the 17th and Sunday the 19th to accommodate a Judo kata clinic. Sensei Eiko Shepherd 7th Dan will be leading the clinic along with Peggy Whilden 5th dan and Doug Tono 6th dan. All are welcome to … Continue reading

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Tohkon Judo Academy Kagami-Biraki

Our hosts, the Tohkon Judo Academy, will be holding their annual Kagami-Biraki celebration on Saturday, January 14 at the Japanese American Service Committee.  Festivities will include mochitsuki (traditional rice pounding ceremony), a traditional Tenrikyo purification service by Rev. Oki and … Continue reading

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