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Quarterly Newsletter

In This Issue
Social Media Manager
Moving Up
Upcoming Events

Member's Voices
Aikido Atheist
From Junior to Adult Aikidoka
Aikido in Everything
Confidence through Understanding
Baltimore Review
Baltimore Review II
Three Years an Aikido Student

Time to Renew Your
TAA Membership?

Membership affords you some great benefits and gives you a community to learn and grow with.

Adult Annual Dues......................$30.00
Adult Monthly Dues.....................$ 3.00
Youth Annual Dues......................$15.00

Youth Monthly Dues....................$ 1.50



We are pleased to introduce you to our new Social Media Manager, Eli Carder. Eli is a fellow Tomiki Aikidoka (with Shihan Moe Stevens), and is very committed to the success of our organization. Eli has years of experience in social media management and marketing strategy development and execution.

Learn More About How Social Meda is Going To Be Used For Our Organization

The more information we get from you, the membership, the more useful and enjoyable your membership will be Here are a just few examples of how you can contribute

Club leaders:
We request that you send all promotion information to the business office. We need your club name and location with the sensei’s name, along with the student’s name and rank. For Dan ranks we also need Essay papers and a photo. We ask that you send times, dates, location and cost of any clinic, seminar or competition you may be hosting, even if it is only a local one day event. Someone from nearby who wishes to work with different people may drop in, and we all know the more the merrier! Also, please check your club’s information under the dojo listing on the web site

(and we ALL are students) When you do get a chance to attend a clinic, whether it be a one day local event or a trip half way around the world to an International tournament, take 10 to 30 minutes when you get home and write a brief article about the event. Then send it to the business office Pictures are welcome too, they make this newsletter more interesting. Or, if you have a sudden revelation about some aspect of aikido, or method of training, jot it down and send it in. Your insights and thoughts may spark ideas that other students missed, or they may inspire others to attend an event in the future. You enjoy reading other’s articles, they will enjoy yours too!

Check out our website! We have updated it but it is still a work in progress. If you have problems using it or finding information you need, or if there is something you would like to have available or changed, let us know!


Moving Up Q1'16

UCSD & Mesa College Aikido Clubs, Sensei Bob Dziubla


Andy MacNeill
Ruth Reinicke
Richard Tran
4th Kyu
4th Kyu
5th Kyu
New Jersey Shodokan, Sensei Ari Reinstein


Ari Reinstein
Kenneth Shoup
Jim Ukstins
John Ukstins
6th Kyu
8th Kyu
8th Kyu
Mansfield Tomiki Aikido, Sensei Bob King


Ian King
Eric Burlingame
Bauman Tavili
3rd kyu
3rd kyu
KCW Aikido, Sensei Carol Apple


Katie Hickle Shodan
Piqua Aikido, Sensei Steve Wood


Brand Allred Shodan
UNC at Chapel Hill Tomiki Aikido Club, Sensei Erik Townsend


Andrew Graczyk
Varvara Zemskova
CSM Aikido, Sensei Wade Current


Seth Meyer 5th kyu

Everything You Need to Know:
Rank Promotion Policies

Kyu Exam Requirements

Dan Exam Requirements

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Members Voice

Aikido Atheist From Junior to Adult Aikidoka
Ari Reinstein

Eric Johnson
Maryland Tomiki Aikido Center, 5th Kyu

One of the first questions that I am often asked by new students in my dojo is my opinion of “Ki” energy. I am aware that most of the people who ask me about it have searched the internet already and are looking for my deep insight or secret knowledge on the subject. After all I am an Ai-Ki-Do teacher; who better to explain the esoteric nature of this mystical power of the east.

Nine years ago at the age of eight I jumped around from sport to sport trying to find something I enjoyed; I tried softball, basketball, soccer, and dance, but nothing seemed to interest me. My mom had been talking to our neighbors in which my sister and I were friends with their kids, and they told my mother that I should try Aikido at the local Rec Center because their son Austin really enjoyed it.

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Aikido in Everything
Brand Allred, Piqua Aikido Andrew Graczyk
UNC at Chapel Hill Tomiki Aikido Club

Growing up, I had anger issues. In school, I would want to get the best grades I could, and I would get mad at myself if I didn’t get the best grade I could. I never had any patience for anything that went wrong.

Aikido is interacting with world around you, understanding what it is and is not, and finding the one small movement you can make with it to change its course for the better.

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Official TAA Gear

Taa Tomiki Sensei Mushin Shodo Light T-Shirt Taa Mushin Mugamae T-Shirt

Taa Stainless Water Bottle 1.0l

Mushin Mugamae on rear and TAA logo on front pocket

Mushin Mugamae on rear and TAA logo on front pocket

Eco-friendly and compact, it's sure to quench your thirst for style and refreshment.




Event Review: Bmore Aikido Bash

Three Years an Aikido Student

Eric Johnson,
Maryland Tomiki Aikido Center, 5th Kyu

I was actually nervous going into the B'More Aikido Bash. My third year practicing the art of aikido, which started in February, is representing an evolution in the way I approach the study of the art of aiki. I must admit that I started practicing aikido after an extended research period that began two years before I first took to the mat. My interest in aikido started when I began to understand that I wanted to practice a martial art that is practical and effective, but would help me overcome the negative tendencies of the ego.

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Baltimore Review Baltimore Review II

Kenneth L. Shoup
New Jersey Shodokan, 6th Kyu

Jim and John Ukstins
New Jersey Shodokan

The path to Harmony begins with learning. The journey may be long and difficult at times, but well rewarding. The patience from higher ranking members of the TAA, astounds me. Every member I have encountered has shared a piece of knowledge that made understanding for me that much easier.

A weekend that started with uncertainty ended with new knowledge and new acquaintances. Having never attended an Aikido seminar, there was some anxiety about what we were to face. These thoughts were tempered by the friendly welcome we received and soon the realization that instructors were there to help, not hurt.

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Photo Courtesy Of UNC at Chapel Hill Tomiki Aikido Club
(With Anay Reddy and Barbara Zemskova.)
Confidence Through Understanding
Varvara Zemskova
UNC at Chapel Hill Tomiki Aikido Club

When I describe that I grew up in three countries, my new acquaintances comment that I must be good at making new friends. To me, however, it is not the knowledge of other languages or understanding of different cultures that leads to making new friends; it is self-confidence that facilitates the process. And confidence is something that I lacked while moving around so much and feeling like a foreigner everywhere I lived.

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Upcoming Events


Annual Ohio Area Youth Clinic
Date: June 4th, 2016
Location: Vandalia Rec Center, 1111 Stonequarry Rd, Dayton, OH 45414
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)

9am Open mat. Black belts on hand for questions or assistance.
10am Official start of clinic
12:30 Lunch
1:30 to 5pm Clinic


Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dates: July 28, 29, 30
Venue Address: Rams Head Recreation Center at UNC at Chapel Hill
Tournament / Clinic Cost: $150 (flat fee, all inclusive except banquet)
Banquet Cost: $25

Tournament Registration Here

Accommodations: Chapel Hill University Inn
1301 N. Fordham Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 1-919-929-2171
Group code: UXX_044

The Chapel Hill University Inn delivers a combination of southern hospitality and modern comfort near the heart of Chapel Hill, NC.

Instructions for booking a room for the 2016 TAA Nationals:

  1. Go to the University Inn website: 
  2. Click on Reservations near the upper right side of page.
  3. Click Book Now on the drop down.
  4. On the new page in the light blue box, click “Enter your access or promotional code”.
  5. Select Goup Code
  6. Enter UXX_044
  7. Click Update
  8. Click Confirm
  9. Select Check in and out dates (leave number of adults at 1 or it won’t work)
  10. Click Continue
  11. Choose the room type you want.
  12. Enter contact and billing details. This is an immediate charge, no refund on reservation.

We (the Board) volunteer our time and energy to keep this organization running and informed. However, we all have day jobs and this is only a cherished hobby. The more input and content we can get from you on an ongoing basis, the better everyone’s experience will be. For all questions, changes, observations and input of any kind, please email the business office at this address:


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