Vol.1, No. 1, March 2017 (CORRECTED)
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The edition of this letter that was sent out last night contained two errors.
First, the link for the UNC Seminar took the reader to the wrong event. It should have referred you to this link. For more information, you can also check out the event on our Facebook page.

Second, it erroneously listed Dziubla Sensei as leading the USC Aikido Club. That club is now led by Mark Colopy Sensei. The graphic should have said UCSD & Mesa Aikido Clubs. 

This copy of the newsletter includes both corrections. Our apologies for these oversights.

Upcoming Events


MARCH 3-5, 2017
Friday: Open practice. 7-9pm
Saturday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Lunch from 11:30 - 1:30)
Sunday: 9 AM - 12 PM (We could have testing from 12 - 1 PM if needed)

Chapel Hill University Inn

1301 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 929-2171  *Ask for UNC Aikido rate.

Speaker: Tiffany Doan


Manchester, New Hampshire

APRIL 28-29, 2017
Seiji Tanaka (8º) was the captain of the first aikido team at Waseda University in 1958 and a former board member of the TAA. The Manchester Budo Club is hosting a single day workshop with Tanaka Sensei on Saturday, April 29, with an open mat gathering the preceding Friday evening. For more information, click the picture to the right or email


Orient, Ohio

MAY 5-7, 2017
The annual gathering at Moe Stevens' dojo will include seminars and workshops as well as the opportunity for grading. Make sure you plan with your dojo head instructor if you are going to attend.

2017 WSAF


East London, UK

AUGUST 18-20, 2017
The first WSAF World Open Championship will be held in England this summer. The WSAF exists solely to hold open tournaments where aikidoka from every part of the Tomiki/Shodokan world can come together and compete. More information is available on our website, including fees and lodging. You can download the application here.

All the Best (元気で), Austin Larger Sensei

On March 17, Austin (DJ) Larger will be headed to Hamamatsu, Japan, to teach English for a couple of years. He started his training at KCW Aikido Club (Carol Apple, Sensei) and more recently was training at Just This Aikido (Moe Stevens, Sensei). His presence in the Ohio dojos will be missed while he is away.
Shaun Hoddy (6º Dan, BAA) demonstrates the proper posture and movement for Ai Gamae Ate from Tanto Tsuke attack.
First section of Shodokan aikido Yondan (4th Dan) syllabus- Tegatana no Kuzushi kara no Waza
Paul Bonett (5º Dan, SAUK/SAF) teaches the first portion of the Tegatana no Kuzushi or Goshin Ho - the Yondan kata requirements.
Tetsuro Nariyama (Shihan, SAF) demonstrates four variations on kote hineri at a workshop Brighton University in 2013.
Gokyu: Lawerence Pan
Nikkyu: Gene Marczika 
Sankyu: Nick Stano 
Yonkyu: Arleigh Wiler-Martin
Ikkyu: Arikka Knisely
Yonkyu: Ernani Domingo
Ikkyu: Bahmann Tavili
Nikkyu: Eric Burlingame
Sankyu: Grace Zader
Ikkyu: Alec Niccum, Daniel Chiquito
Gokyu: Mani Palakurthi, Chengtao Wang, Vincent Li, Vi Le, Kiteara Resnick, Cecilia Carter, Ally Fernandez, and Carina 'Axel' Saavedra.
Adult Division
Nikyu: Michael Shaw
Sankyu: Taira MacNeill
Gokyu: Paul Bush, Shannon Meyers, Guillermo Echeverria 

Youth Division
Gokyu: Yuta Harsh, Kota Harsh 
We strive to keep promotion information up-to-date; but we can only do it with your help. Make sure to let us know whenever you have a promotion in your dojo.

New Tiered Website Membership

In our attempts to make a premier online resource for Tomiki Aikido learning, we have started adding curriculum videos and other resources. This expanding library is not without its expenses. To cover the cost of this, we are offering a new tiered membership plan. If you want access to the content already on the website (information, tournament videos, the store), the cost continues to be $3 per month (or $30 per year). To access video of seminars as well, it is $6 a month. For full access, including our growing video curriculum, it is $9 a month. This plan will roll out at the end of March. For now, there are some sample videos available on the website. Check them out.

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