Didier Boyet, 7th Dan, Shihan, will be leading two evenings of training at Kyoseikan Dojo, November 8th and 9th, 2017, as part of his Birankai Midwest Fall Residency. You can find more details and a registration form here: http://www.hv-aikido.com/fall-residency. See you on the mat!
Dave Mata Sensei, Chief Instructor at Kyoseikan Dojo, recently visited Cuba and trained with fellow aikidoka of the Cuban Federation of Aikido. This experience has inspired Mata Sensei to return to Cuba, and to raise awareness for the needs of our friends there.
To that end, Grand Rapids Aikikai will be hosting an Aikido Seminar with special guest Elmer Tancinco Sensei, Chief Instructor of Alameda Aikikai.
In Mata Sensei’s words:
Our goal is to help our friends who are members of the Cuban Federation of Aikido. The CFA is recognized by Aikikai and a member of the Sansuikai under the direction of Y. Yamada Shihan. The CFA is made up of about 35 dojos spread throughout Cuba. The USAF has been active through the efforts of Peter and Penny Bernath Shihan(s) (along with many others) in funding Dan registration with Hombu Dojo for the CFA. This is a monumental task and those involved with these efforts deserve our appreciation.
Now for our part. As we all know, the financial situation for the people of Cuba is limited. Statistics show that the average income is about $30. US each month. Many students are training with home made weapons and some only had sticks of bamboo. We celebrate and respect their dedication to training and the mindset that training is what’s important so you do whatever you have to do to train. Now is time for those of us with a little more to give to our cousins in Cuba.
We are not asking anyone to take sides on the political situation in Cuba. We are asking our friends, family members and fellow Birankai members around the world to help us share with strong, passionate and talented Aikidoka.
We hope those who are able to attend the seminar will be here and train with us. For those who can not attend and those who are not Aikido students we hope you are able to make some small donation towards our efforts. Here is a link for donations.
Donations and funds from this event will go toward outfitting as many CFA Dojos as possible with quality Bokken and Jyo.
Happy holidays, Grand Rapids Aikidoka! Your Aikido community has been busy scheduling events to satisfy your New Year’s Resolutions for more training!
First, Max Honey Sensei will begin teaching a new weekly morning Aikido class, Tuesdays from 8 to 9am, starting January 3rd.
Next, Mata Sensei has added some additional Saturday morning sessions specifically for our newer students, February 18th and March 18th.
And it is looking to be another great year for Grand Rapids and Midwest Birankai Seminars. Here at Kyoseikan Dojo, we’ll be hosting an April Seminar with Elmer Tancinco Sensei to raise funds for our new Aikidoka friends in Cuba. And we’re also very proud to announce the return of Lynn Shihan for our Summer Seminar in August! Regionally, we’re excited for the return of Sovoca Sensei at Logan Square Aikido, and for a seminar commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Fox Valley Aikikai.
All these dates can be found on our calendar page. If you’d like to print out these dates to hang on your wall, a beautiful PDF version can be downloaded here.