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

Saturday, January 29, 2011

February 2011

1. AMELAND: An island like no other!

Exercising after a morning run on Ameland in Feb 2010 about 07:30am

Each year, at the end of the month of February, the CABN holds their lent school on the island of Ameland, off the northern coast of The Netherlands. Ameland has excellent accommodation facilities (bungalows with luxury sauna, jacuzzi and pool options) but also is an ideal location to get away from the hectic city life and focus on the beautiful nature of the island and find peace in oneself. Therefore, it is a location ideally suited for an aikido retreat. During five days, there will be a lot of aikido but also a lot of fun, partying, relaxing, eating and socialising. New friends and connections arise and the possibilities open for future exchanges around the world with our international visitors appearing. This year, for the fourth time, Yamashima sensei, 7th dan aikikai, will give lessons at this course. Already some of the Dutch CABN members have been to Japan to meet the group of Yamashima sensei in Nerima and Chiyoda kyu, Tokyo. It is a worthwhile visit as students from both lands share their common pleasure of learning aikido. It will be therefore another warm welcome for Yamashima sensei as he arrives on the island.
Next to the aikido seminar, there will also be running a small shiatsu workshop. The shiatsu people will probably be needing some guinee pigs. Therefore, there will be the opportunity to receive massages too and, around the aikido program, there will be further classes of stretching and meditation and, for the really keen ones, don't forget your running shoes as there will be short runs to the beach every morning at 07:30. Do as much or as little aikido as you want, either way you will have a fantastic time!
- Lawrence Warry

2. Yamashima Sensei Whirlwind Tour of Europe

From the end of January until the end of February, Yamashima sensei is in Europe and showing his flare where ever he goes.

Some facts about Yamashima Sensei ...

Takeshi Yamashima began Aikido at university in 1961 with Arikawa Sensei and Yamada Sensei Sadateru. And soon joined the Aikikai and got the chance to know Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido for many years.

He studied under the masters Yamaguchi and Masuda Saotome.

From 1975, he undertook special aikido training with Kisaburo Osawa until Osawa sensei passed away in 1989.

Takeshi Yamashima was uke for Seigo Yamaguchi, and as a result has been profoundly influenced bv this master.

Yamashima Sensei currently teaches at Tokyo in Chiyoda City (located in central Tokyo). Some of his students after 36 years. He also runs courses in the district of Nerima.

Since he retired about 4 years ago, Yamashima sensei has seized the opportunity to meet the aikido friends that he met all over the years and travel to their home locations to practice aikido. No wonder that he is now a renknowned aikido teacher all around the world.

In Europe, Yamashima sensei has already accummulated a large following in England, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Switzerland to name just a few. The unique advantage about Yamashima sensei is that he respects each organisation´s shihan relation with the hombu dojo. Therefore, all of Yamashima sensei´s visits are non politically tied allowing the training atmosphere to be light, open and enjoyable for all participants.

It is needless to say, that together with a simple, elegant and effective Aikido style, Yamashima sensei brings accross a strong message about how to use the body and the center and, at each occassion, one feels an excellence in his intuition and movement which marks his personal progress that has taken years to forge. Furthermore, he is one of the most friendly aikido teachers you could ever meet.

It is not strange to see 150 people on the tatami when Yamashima sensei comes to town. People hear about it and they come from towns nearby or even further away. More opportunities arise in 2011 to see Yamashima Sensei in a city near you!

3. Announcement of some of Yamashima Sensei´s Courses in February 2011

Already in Paris and the south east of France at the end of January, Yamashima sensei will move on to further locations in France, The Netherlands and Italy. Hereby the courses of February with Yamashima Sensei

Bordeaux (South west of France): 4th - 7th of February (Contact person: Phillipe Grangé). Click here for more information (in French).

Bolzano, Italy (near border with Austria and Swizerland): 12th and 13th of February (Contact person: Alessandro Costa). Click here for the poster and more information.

Ameland, The Netherlands: 18th - 22nd of February. Yamashima Sensei will pay his third year's visit to Ameland and will honour the passing away five years ago of Peter Bacas sensei.
4. Announcement of Congratulation for the 6th dan of Ernesto Ladavas sensei, chairman of the CABN.

Ernesto Ladavas Sensei, of Italian origin, was announced 6th dan at the Kagami Biraki of the Hombu dojo in January 2011.

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