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

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 2010

Editorial: Aiki-summer course ideas ...

Summer time is here again and whilst our normal aikido schedules may be on hold, it gives us an opportunity to broaden our horizons and open our awareness to learn Aikido from different perspectives. All around Europe, summer courses are taking place with various high ranking Aikido teachers. Here, listed in this newsletter, are a few suggetions about courses that might interest you in some sunny places.

Mori Shihan teaching at the last CABN summer school, Castricum, The Netherlands, during the period 10th - 15th of July 2010.

In July, the CABN (Culturele Aikido Bond Nederland) had the pleasure to welcome hombu shihan, Mori, 6th dan Aikikai for a seminar between the 10th and 15th of July this year. Mori shihan gave lessons every day and at the end of the course, a yudansha exam took place. About 80 people attended the seminar.


Lawrence Warry, 4th dan Aikikai

1.0 Barcelona (Caldes D'Estrac) with Stephane Bernadetti, 6th dan Aikikai.

Dates: 31st of July - 15th of August 2010.

Location: From July 31 to August 8 : POLIDEPORTIVO CALDES D'ESTRAC. 653 Carretera de Barcelona/Calle Pau Casals , 2 mns from the station, 50 m to the sea...
August 9 to August 15 : DOJO EUROSTAGE. The dojo (450m2) is covered and opensided, with a large level esplanade for weapons practice. The beach, for early morning practice and a siesta, is 10 minutes walk.

Description: Stephane Bernadetti was a kind of prodigal student of the late Tamura shihan.
Bernadetti sensei's focus is on being as relaxed and efficient as possible in aikido movement
and, to quote him, "laziness is a science so you have to be precise to be lazy". In addition to Aikido, the course offers Iado (sword drawing) and Shodo (calligraphy) lessons. Accommodation
is also available for visiting students from abroad. The location is conveniently situated near the beach.

Further Information:
Javier Galan +34 627 40 32 12
Jordi Marcos +34 932 194 552

2.0 Geneva, Yamashima Sensei, 7th dan Aikikai.

Dates: 14th of August - 21st of August 2010.

Location: AIKIKAN INTERNATIONAL DE GENEVE. Dojo : 24 rue Goetz-Monin - 1205 GENEVE. Address: 116 - 1211 GENEVE CHAMPEL 12.

Description: Yamashima sensei teaches to focus on one's centre and relaxing the shoulders. His movement is flowing and beautiful. On top of this Yamashima sensei is a very friendly and fun sensei. It is always a pleasure to train with Yamashima sensei. Geneva is also a beautiful city to visit.

Further information:
Rodolphe PEYVEL +41 (0)22 321 20 03

3.0 Hagukumi dojo weekend summer course, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Dates: 21st and 22nd of August 2010

Location: Hagukumi dojo, Mient. 277, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Description: This is the Hagukumi dojo's very first summer course with diverse aikido lessons
given by the dojo's teaching team. In addition to aikido, some special lessons will be provided about healing, meditation and stretching and there will be lots of drinks and snacks on hand between classes to add to the social atmosphere.

Further Information:
Email Paul Jungschlager:

4.0 La Maddalena (Sardinia), Italy, Mutsuko Minegishi - 7th dan Aikikai, Piero Villaverde - 6th dan Aikikai and Franco Martufi - 6th dan Aikikai.

Dates: 22nd of August - 28th of August 2010.

Location: VIA LAMARMORA, 9, Casella Postale 24, LA MADDALENA OT 07024

Description: La Maddalena is the largest town in the Maddalena archipelago, just 2 kilometres from the northeastern shore of Sardinia and sitting in the Straits of Bonifacio, between it and Corsica.

Further Information:
Sebastian Kaiser may be able to help further:

5.0 Summer Schools of Aikikai Germany (Masters Asai, 8th dan Aikikai and Hatayama, 7th dan Aikikai). Unfortunately it is now too late to subscribe to these courses.
24th of July - 30th of July in Pulheim, Germany.
31st of July - 6th of August in Bad Kissingen, Germany.

Description: Every second year, Hatayama shihan comes to Germany to give courses run by the German Aikikai. These courses are well know for their long duration classes (2.5 hours for one class) though they are paced well with some peeks of high-intensity movements as participants are grouped and take it in turns according to grade to work on the tatami.

6.0 Other courses to look out for.

After August, look out for the following courses coming up around the globe (more information coming soon):

In September, Yamashima Sensei, 7th dan Aikikai will be making a north European tour to England, Germany and Holland with the following schedule.
September 4th & 5th: Manchester, England (Internet:
September 11th & 12th: Bath, England (Internet:
September 14th-15th: Düsseldorf, Germany (contact Frank Osthof:
September 16th: Bremen, Germany (contact Frank Osthof:
September 17th: Lübeck, Germany (contact Frank Osthof:
September 18th & 19th: Hamburg, Germany (Internet:
September 20th, 21st & 22nd: The Hague, Amsterdam, Rijswijk and Dordrecht, Holland (Email:

In October, the Israeli Aikikai Aikido Organisation hosts for the second time Thailand and East Asia's supervising shihan, Fukakusa shihan, 7th dan Aikikai. The seminar takes place on the
7th to 9th of October. More news about this seminar coming soon. Contact Ze'ev Erlich for more information (

In November (12 - 14 November 2010), Christian Tissier shihan, 7th dan Aikikai, shall be giving a seminar at the dojo of Serge Beraud in Singapore. Because this seminar is likely to be fully booked, the announcement comes well in advance. Please read the following message from the organisers. Early bird registration is S$170. Registration for this seminar after the 1st of September is S$200. Student discount 50% applies. Seminar will take place at The Swiss Club. For more info, registration and payment please follow, email or call (+65) 9112-1193.

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