A blog with some news, reports and articles from the Aikido community around the world.
Edited by Lawrence Warry & Ze'ev Erlich

Monday, August 31, 2009

September 2009

1. Birthday report Leisinger Sensei.

On this link you can find a report about the birthday weekend enjoyed
by Leisinger Sensei and his wife when they came to Holland:

Leisinger Sensei also provided these photos taken during the weekend from

2. Weekend trip to England to see Yamashima Shihan (7th dan Aikikai)

On his yearly agenda, Yamashima shihan mostly comes in September to England.
This year, he shall be giving classes on the weekend 12 and 13 September.
For more information, click here.
Travelling to this course, will be a delegation from Holland. If you are interested to join
the travelling delegation, please inform as soon as possible (

The delegation will comeback on time to receive Yamashima shihan in Holland for a week full
of classes all over the south of Holland (from Tuesday the 15th of September until Sunday the 20th of September).

3. Yamashima Shihan, 7th dan Aikikai, Visit to Holland (15th to 19th of September)

The full schedule can be found here .. (click here)

4.0 Opening of the Hagukumi dojo's new Location

The coming of Yamashima shihan to Holland coincides with the open of the Hagukumi dojo's
new dojo location, Mient. 277, The Hague. The dojo will be officially opened by Yamashima shihan together with a local government official. For more information, click here.

Monday, August 3, 2009

August 2009

1. Leisinger Sensei becomes the noble age of 80 on the 13th of August 2009.
!!! Leisinger Sensei, 6th dan Aikikai, 80th Birthday Class takes place on 22nd of August at the Hagukumi dojo !!!

The biggest news of all for the month of August 2009 is that Leisinger Sensei, long time friend and guest honourary sensei of the CABN will become the noble age of 80.
The CABN has invited Leisinger Sensei to come and give a celebration Aikido lesson at the time of 14:00 on Saturday the 22nd of August at the Hagukumi dojo, Mient 277, Den Haag,
The Netherlands (TO BE CONFIRMED). All Aikidokas are welcome to take the chance to celebrate with Dr. Leisinger on this day by enjoying a class with him followed by a birthday celebration reception and party.
More details are coming very soon!!

2. Summer Courses in Germany

During the first two weeks of August, Aikikai Deutschland is enjoying
their summer courses taking place in Pulheim and Bad Kissingen
under supervision of Master Asai Shihan, 8th dan Aikikai and Miyamoto Shihan, 7th dan Aikikai.
It is now not possible to register for this course. However, every year Aikikai Deutschland opens its doors to all Aikikai Aikidokas so there is a chance to go next year if you didnt make it this year.
For more information, see the Aikikai Deutschland website:

Myself and Dominique Herbreteau, shodan Aikikai, attended Pulheim for just the weekend. The training was hard firstly because of the lack of airco in the room but also because lessons had a duration of 2.5 hours. One had to be careful at the end of each lesson not to cause an injurey or be injured as concentration levels got affected. Therefore, after the first class we soon understood that we had to pace ourselves of the long lessons.

The result of 3 x 2.5 hours training over the weekend,a wonderful sweaty photo souvenier with master Asai and Dominique san in Pulheim. Many thanks to Dominique for joining. Many thanks to master Asai for organising and teaching at this event.

3. Summer Course in Barcelona

If you think Germany is not exotic enough, how about a course in Barcelona, Spain?
For the second year running Stephane Benadetti, 6th dan Aikikai is hosting a 2 weeks seminar of combined disciplines, Shodo, Iaido, Jodo, Kenjutsu and Aikido.
For more information, email or go to the website:

4. Summer Training

Many dojos open their doors for summer training during the summer period.
The Hagukumi dojo has regular trainings on Mondays and Thursdays (19:30 - 21:00) throughout the summer at ther new location in the Mient. 277, The Hague, Holland. For more information, see

The EPO Aikido club is also continuing its regular classes (Tue - Fri):
Tuesday mornings, 07:30 - 08:30
Wednesday lunch times, 12:15 - 13:30
Thursday mornings, 07:30 - 08:30
Friday mornings (stretching), 08:00 - 09:00
Friday lunch times, 12:00 - 13:00

For more information, see the club's website:

If you would like to publish your club's summer training times, you are welcome to add a comment to this post.