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

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 2013

1. "Atemi" the leathal and healing potential of Aikido.
"Atemi is the striking to openings corresponding to sensitive points in the body. Atemi strikes can often be applied during Aikido movement to enhance its martial nature". - From M. Fujita shihan's keiko-ho book.
In Aikido, we are in fact very limited in our understanding of "Atemi". We don't make a full study of its potential as both a martial technique as well as a healing technique. Other more traditional arts (such as variants of Tai-Jutsu and Ninjutsu) place much more emphasis on this study. 
Some common vital points of the body where atemi is sometimes applied are: the solar plexus, the orbital foramen (just above the eyeball), a point just under the nose, the throat and the genitals. This is just a limited list. Atemi should never be applied in full during practice as it could be dangerous to the practice partner but a gesture to the intended area is a common practice. 
Even less spoken about in Aikido is the study of Kappo. The Kappo is a medical system which corresponds to the vital points of the Atemi. "Kappo" can be translated as "The medical techniques of budo". Several revival techniques have been recorded around 1890 by Matsunosuke Inoguchi in his writings about the Kappo system. Included are some wonderful illustrations showing the techniques and corresponding vital points addressed. Here is one such illustration:

Kappo is especially effective as a technique for people who have fainted or passed out as a result of choking or strangulation. Hereby an illustration showing some revival techniques of Kappo:

I discovered more recently a work of Kazuhiko Kuboyama ( from the IPU Department of Health Science, Faculty of Physical Education in Tokyo, Japan in association with The 8th International Judo Research Symposium and I credit Mr. Kuboyama with the illustrations which are modifications of Inoguchi's work.

Credit also goes to Masatake Fujita shihan, 8th dan Aikikai and his Keiko-ho book, my original inspiration in researching the connection between budo and healing.

2. Video Selection of the Month

Youtube is full of Aikido footage these days. Here are some links to the clips that caught my eye last month:

- Miyamoto Tsuruzo Shiihan in the World Combat Games last month in St. Petersburg:

- A nice demo discovered by Miho san of Masatake dojo, Israel:

- Yamashima Sensei teaching Tenchi nage to beginners at the EAAC Aikido club in The Netherlands, September 2013:

Finally, growing in popularity, a facebook page of photos and video footage of Masatake Fujita Shihan can be found by clicking THIS TEXT.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 2013

1. Aikido's Role in the Community
Whilst not everybody comes to Aikido (maybe it's the white pants or the "black dress" that scares some people away or maybe people think it sounds too much like learning to fight or combat), Aikido can, nevertheless, go to the people. Much of what is learned in the dojo is for taking outside for use in society. That's not to say it is a preparation for the one in a million possibility that you may have to physically defend yourself against an attacking thug. It is more to say that the regular practice and spirtual cleansing in our practice is to bring order to our lives but also to emanate a good attitude and honorable way of living in our lives. 
With the Israeli Delegation, Shimamoto Shihan and wife Mama san in Zevenbergen, The Netherlands, Oct 2013
Shimamoto Shihan of Osaka, Tokyo Japan, who recently visited the Netherlands, is one who displays such an example of bringing Aikido to the community. As much as being known for his Aikikai Aikido 8th dan shihan position, Shimamoto Shihan is also a reknowned Zen priest of the community of Toyonaka near Osaka, and thereby, life in the dojo goes hand-in-hand with life in the community. 
It was a pleasure to meet Shihan and his wife and all my friends from Israel who visited the Netherlands for this seminar. Let's follow this beautiful example of bringing Aikido to the people.

2. Samurai Game(R) Report from 12th and 13th of October
Continuing on from this theme of brinigng Aikido to the people, one such tool that is useful for demonstrating how Aikido can be practiced by people, who may not ever go to an Aikido or ever want to do a martial art, is the Samurai Game(R), devised in 1977 by the late George Leonard. An event took place last weekend in The Hague with a very successful result. Needless to say, the driving factor of the game is the learning by playing approach and, in particular, how does one manage stress. Aikido trains us to respond and connect with the center and not with our emotions. The game can be intense and stressful and is thus a perfect opportunity to exercise centered responses and connections.
A total of 15 people played the game and the participants appeared to be impressed by the effect that the game has in learning by way of playing. 
More details about the Samurai Game in The Netherlands can be found on this facebook page (photos and a more reports coming soon there!):
Another public game will be held in The Netherlands in the first quater of 2014. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcements!

3. Aikido with a recently born baby. 
At the recent Zevenbergen seminar with Shimamoto Shihan, I was impressed with the demonstration of Ronen Miller, Adi Bar Zackay and their recently born baby (yes, that's right, I said recently born!). Whilst Ronen performed a couple of techniques, Adi securely held her baby as she fell backwards a few times and, at no point, did the baby seem disturbed by the movement. Afterwards, Adi, went on to perform her moves with the baby securely in her arms whilst Ronen was falling gracefully.
It was really a special moment in the Israeli's demonstration and the real star was their baby, Yoav Pinhas Millar! Never too young to start :-).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 2013

1.0 Practicing Aikido For Peace!
It is becoming a yearly occassion, since the opening of the new location of the Hagukumi dojo in 2009, that Yamashima sensei, 7th dan Aikikai, comes to The Hague each September to mark the anniversary of the opening. Yamashima sensei was there in September 2009 already to give an official opening seminar. The organisers, Paul Jungschlager and Robert van den Bosch have joined this yearly occassion conveniently at the same time with the United Nations day of peace (on the 21st of September). Therefore, around that day, Yamashima sensei will be giving Aikido seminars in the name of peace in The Hague, Rijswijk and Leiden. Click the image here-below to see the training times and locations:
Yamashima Sensei, 7th dan Aikkai in the Area of The Hague 20 - 22 September 2013
For information regarding locations and trainings, please contact the Hagukumi dojo (

2.0 Enso Japanese Zen Calligraphy
Zen Circle (enso) by Hakuin
"Hamamatsu of Enshu
is a tea-growing district
I want to marry off
my daughter there
to pick fine tea leaves"
Translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi
(Many thanks to Professor Addiss for helping finding the translation).
A Japanese calligraphy practice, known as "enso" is the Zen practice of drawing a circle in just one brush stroke. The circle drawn has many significations. For example, the circle can represent: the all encompassing universe, the moon, emptiness, the continuous repetition of life. Some books about O-Sensei, founder of Aikido, depict circles drawn by the founder with a point in the middle. It is not necessarily the traditional enso practice. O-Sensei had possibly another signification in his drawing. Interestingly, the point in the middle seems to be of importance as our focus in Aikido is on the center. The movement of Aikido is very much circular and concentrated within that circular movement is the center of our bodies. It seems this could be O-Sensei's adaption of enso in some way. 
I further interpret the brush stroke as corresponding to each practice being one opportunity (such as the expression "ichi go ichi e", meaning one meeting one chance). Furthermore, the brush stroke is a continuation and not broken into stages. Signifying commitment to the circle being draw and connection throughout the movement (very significant in what we try to practice in Aikido). I also notice how the circles are not perfectly drawn. In some way it is an expression of the perfection of our imperfections when we commit ourselves to the practice of a movement or an exercise.
I apologise to those knowing in the art if my interpretations are far away from the true meaning of the art of enso and and O-Sensei's adaptions.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 2013

1. Happy Birthday Leisinger Sensei!!
Still such a great inspiration to many young Aikido practitioners, Karl Friedrich Leisinger sensei, 6th dan Aikikai became the respectable age of 84 on the 13th of August. Leisinger sensei was one of the first people on the mat when K. Asai sensei arrived in Germany in the 1960s and, since that time, Leisinger sensei undertook the Aikido practices of in Aikikai Deutschland and went on to become chairman of the organisation as well as being chairman of the European Aikido Federation for a number of years. For the past almost 20 years, Leisinger sensei has been visiting the Netherlands, teaching Aikido and the Bokken and Jo practice of Asai sensei. We wish Leisinger sensei many more happy years of Aikido!

2. Yamashima Sensei in The Netherlands in September 2013
It has been confirmed that groups in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands shall receive Yamashima sensei this September for courses. This will take place between the 13th and 23rd of September. More information about these events will be coming soon.

3. Awaken Your Inner Peace Warrior! Samurai Game(tm) in The Hague This October 12th and 13th.

When's the last time you stopped to ask yourself what is going on in your and others' inner and outer lives?!! Is your inner Peace Warrior still sleeping?
After a successful Samurai Game (tm) workshop took place in The Hague in March this year, it is time to repeat the rewarding experience with a new group of people. Maybe some from the last game will join. For those who think to join again, the structure will be familiar but the experience that you will have will most probably be fundamentally different. Those who are curious to try the Samurai Game (tm) for the first time, you will most probably gain new insights in your life.
The workshop runs over two days.
On Saturday, we will warm up our bodies and minds and connections to others. Later in the day, we will play the Samurai Game (tm). On Sunday we will reconnect to our inner selves with energy exercises and you'll have the opportunity to share any inner awakenings gained.
Exact times, location and prices coming soon.
The Samurai Game (tm) is a fun and educational tool, invented by the late modern thinker and Aikido teacher George Leonard, based on Aikido principles to bring awareness to our life patterns and possibly to allow long sought life changes to take place.
Let's awaken to the challenge!
(Early Bird Registration before end of August gets a discount).

Registration details coming soon.
See the facebook event for more details:

Friday, July 19, 2013

July 2013

Summertime Teacher Profiles: Takeshi Yamashima Sensei and Karl-Friedrich Leisinger Sensei

1. Takeshi Yamashima Sensei, 7th dan Aikido
"Aikido is a whole body practice"...

The Dutch Aikido community had the great opportunity and privilege to again receive Yamashima sensei to The Netherlands during the past week. The happy sensei was teaching in Rijswijk, Leiden and near and around Amsterdam. 

Yamashima Sensei's practice is based the principles that O-Sensei laid out about using the center and aligning the center to the training partner's center in order to achieve kuzushi (balance breaking). This practice ties in with the use of the Japanese ken (sword) and, like the sword, if the movement is only a hand or arm movement, you will not achieve a stable connection. To really make a stable connection, one has to practice the movement with the "whole body". Yamashima sensei explains it in his classes in simple terms.
1. Draw your belly in, which causes the back of the hips to lift slightly upwards.
2. Edge your body weight to the front foot whilst keeping your hand and arm extended in front of the center line of your body.   
3. Turn the hip which is opposite to the leading hand forwards towards your partner.

Yamashima Sensei advocates that if you practice these three points in that order, your connection feeling will be more stable and you will start to sense the direction of your partner's energy/power much more. You'll then be able to absorb your partner's attack and direct it in a smoother sense of control than you had done before.
This practice applies to every technique in Aikido and Yamashima Sensei believes if you practice these points on a regular basis your whole Aikido practice gets better. So, that's why we spent a lot of time grabbing the wrist in gyaku hanmi (opposite hand grab) and slowly studying the balance taking movement. From there, you can build up the practice, sometimes changing to morote dori (two hands grab one hand), Shomen uchi (direct head strike) and sometimes Yokomen uchi (side of head strike) or Ushiro Ryoto dori (grabbing two hands behind). Eventually the speed of the practice can also be increased but, in the beginning, it is important to practice slowly and gently in order to build awareness.
A lot of what Yamashima Sensei teaches is on an energetic level (feeling and sensitivity) but he always spends a major part of the practice time putting the study into practice with basic kihon waza.

Yamashima Sensei travels all over the world to practice Aikido with different groups. What makes his trainings unique and special is that he does not visit as a hombu dojo representative although he trains regularly at the hombu dojo. Instead, he visits as an independent Aikidoka only to practice Aikido. Therefore, no examinations take place under Yamashima Sensei's name and the sensei remains outside of the political game, in order to only focus on training his body with each group he visits.

Everybody enjoyed the training with Yamashima Sensei and it seemed that Yamashima Sensei also enjoyed training with them. There will be two further opportunities to practice with Yamashima Sensei in The Netherlands this year. Firstly, from the 17th to the 22nd of September and then, later from the 19th to the 22nd of December.

More details coming soon about the training locations.

Meanwhile enjoy this nice demonstration of Tenshi Nage that Yamashima sensei recently made at the EPO in Rijswijk...

2. Karl-Friedrich Leisinger Sensei, 6th dan Aikikai
The second teacher to come to Holland from abroad last week, Leisinger Sensei, came by car from his home town in Meppen, Germany. Next month, Leisinger sensei will be 84 years old. Hard to believe this age when you see him in action!
Leisinger Sensei gave a fantastic workshop in Castricum, covering the 25 move jo kata of Asai sensei, featuring the jo movement combined with bokken attack. Furthermore, participants got the opportunity to practice a number of different kumi tachi katas. We gained a lot of information in the four days that we practiced with Leisinger Sensei. It was also great to see that such a large number of younger people came to the practice also to be inspired by one of the oldest Aikido teachers living (with at least 45 years of Aikido practice behind him).

The Bokken & Jo Group with Leisinger Sensei, 6th dan Aikikai, in Castricum Last Week.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 2013

From Japan to Israel to San Francisco to Seattle, this month has seen a busy travel agenda for me and given me the opportunity to train with some great teachers, such as Yamashima sensei, 7th dan Aikikai in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan at the special seminar at the beginning of the month, Shimamoto Shihan, 8th dan Aikikai of Osaka, Japan who gave a great seminar in Masatake dojo, Israel, Miles Kessler sensei, 5th dan Aikikai at the Integral dojo in Tel Aviv, Ze'ev Erlich sensei, 5th dan Aikikai at the Masatake dojo in Rehovot, Israel, and Bob Nadeau sensei, 7th dan Aikikai in City Aikido, San Francisco. This month has been for me, therefore, a blend of supreme Aikido influences which I am most grateful to have had the opportunity to see.

My trip to Israel took me again to Ramallah for Aikido Without Borders, headed by Miles Kessler sensei, and, this time I got Anna Sanner of Hannover, Germany to tag along with me. You can read about our one day adventure here on my blog which keeps track of my Aikido Without Borders activities:

In between all the trips I managed to squeeze in a demonstration with my local club, the EPO Aikikai Aikido Club, where we got together with 7 martial arts to display our practices. This was a succeful event for all the martial arts which help our community.
Photo from the Aikido Demonstration at the EPO, Rijswijk, The Netherlands on the 5th of June.
This month's guest post is by our friend, Ze'ev Erlich sensei, 5th dan Aikikai of Masatake Dojo, Rehovot, Israel. 


The monk who lives among us

By Ze'ev Erlich
Here is a nice Japanese proverb I found recently. It reminded me of something nice I read in recent interview with an Aikido master called Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei who is 8th dan, and was a direct desciple of the founder of Aikido.The proverb is:
大隠は市に隠る tai-in wa ichi ni kakru
"A great sage lives in a town"
Though a hermit may lead a pious life in a cave, in a forest or a lonely mountain, a trully great person, lives in crowded streets and is not affected by his surroundings. He can have a disciplined life in spite of his surroundings. From the book: Japanese Proverbs and Sayings.

Yamada Sensei lives and teaches aikido in the very heart of Manhattan (NYC).
Here are Yamada Sensei's words concerning the very same idea:

"I am not a very spiritual man. I should have followed the lectures of Nakamura sensei, I would probably be deeper. I am not a mysterious person, I try to practice and transmit something that is good for the body and the mind, but something rooted in everyday, real life. Zen meditation is good. It can be performed in the depths of the mountains, where nothing disturbs us, but the best place to meditate is in a busy street, this is where you need it. One day, I was in a temple and during a discussion, I told them that it was easy to meditate when one was alone in the world, but that it was a different story when at the heart of a busy street in New York. People got angry but it is in this type of place that relaxation and detachment are needed most (laughs). Always anchor things in reality so that it positively affects daily lives."

The full interview can be found at:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 2013

1. Note from the Editor.
Hello everybody. Whilst I cannot say that this blog is a favorite read for everybody, I couldn't help noticing that we have almost got 15,000 page views so we definitely have some visibility from the Aikido (and possibly non-Aikido) world. I'm thankful that people have taken some time out to review the page and, even if it was not what you were looking for, it is much appreciated that you spent some time to read what is on this blog which is simply a record of sharing Aikido experiences around the world with friends. Many thanks to you, the readers!
This month's post reports on my adventures to Poland and an Aikikai group in Krakov who just so happen to be also co-lead by Paul Olesiak, a Samurai Game (TM) facilitator who became certified 7 years ago together with Paul Bernas with the official facilitator training with Lance Giroux.
I'd like also to announce some great Aikido events coming up in May/June with Yamashima sensei, 7th dan Aikikai, and long serving student of the late Yamaguchi sensei and a great seminar taking place in Israel with 8th dan Shimamoto shihan. When I recommend seminars and events, it is because I have experienced a learning value, a social value and a happiness value that I have received from the trainings of the respective teachers. It is as simple as that. I just want to make it clear that I have no aiki-political agenda with regards to these teachers. Feel free to experience these seminars and make up your own mind.
But first, my report from Krakov, Poland ...
Lawrence Warry (editor).

2. An Aikikai Aikido Group in Krakov, Poland.I feel fortunate to have met a very friendly but also hard working group of Aikidoka in Krakov, Poland, whilst I was visiting the beautiful old city for my company. In my free time on a Friday evening, I headed to the training venue of the Aikido club of Pawel Bernas and Pawel Olesiak, both 5th dan leaders of the Krakowskie Stowarzyszenie Aikido group and both Samurai Game facilitators.
That evening, I followed the class of another Pawel (Paweł Cedrowski, 3rd dan aikikai). Is every guy doing Aikido in Poland having the name Pawel? If so then it's easy to remember everybody's name :-).
You can find the group's website here:
My first remark I made to myself is that the class was about 50% populated by women which already impressed me even before seeing their Aikido. I later found out from Pawel Olesiak that the reason was that a lot of people had left the city for the weekend and Friday evenings are usaully quieter. Nevertheless we had a good number of women in the class and this was, to my mind, a sign of strength in the club.
The class of Pawel Cedrowski sensei was strong and one could immediately notice the influence of Christian Tissier shihan. When one visits a foreign dojo, one must keep an open mind and accept that there are many different ways of training. I liked Pawel sensei's firm but friendly approach. He kind of showed the effectiveness of the techniques which left me no doubt that they could be used powerfully, but nevertheless he took care that we were practicing safely and at the same time martially. So, with a lot of sweat and a tired but satisfied body at the end of the lesson, I felt happy to have practiced Aikido with this experienced group of Polish Aikido people and I left having a lot of respect for the way they are training.
The next morning I met up with Pawel Olesiak for coffee and we talked enthusiastically about the Samurai Game (TM) for which I have recently been certified a facilitator. Pawel is a number of years further down the road of facilitating this training and it was useful and educational to listen to his experiences and pick up some tips about how to promote it. I'm really thankful to Pawel for spending time (on his father's birthday!) to join me for coffee and a talk in the lovely Jewish quater of Krakov (the so called Kazimierz).

Finally, I emailed Pawel and Pawel to ask them some questions about their Aikido and their dojo.
Hereby a little interview with Pawel Bernas and Pawel Olesiak of Krakowskie Stowarzyszenie Aikido. Thank you again for your time:
Pawel Bernas, 5th dan Aikikai
Pawel Olesiak, 5th dan Aikikai
When did you start Aikido?
Paweł Bernas – 1987
Paweł Olesiak - 1983
How did you get interested in Aikido? Paweł Bernas – Reading an article in the Newspaper. First was Karate and Jujutsu then Aikido
Paweł Olesiak – In 1982, I heard about Aikido from my school teacher. He was also an aikido instrucktor
Who have been your Aikido influences? For both of us our influence is Christian Tissier shihan.
What do you hope to bring in the future with your Aikido practice? For me personally it helps me in my private life and my business life. “Masukatsu agatsu” (overcoming oneself) this is what interests me more.
Is it to improve technique? Yes it is, all the time. Eeffectiveness of the technique. Let's say the martial dimension is very important to me.
To improve your community? I’m not seeing so big a picture. If aikido helps some people feel safer, more concentrated, more present or even more efficient in the life they live I’m more than happy.
In other words, for you, what aspects of your life and your community are you developing with Aikido practice? From the physical point of view I would simply say a healthy body. Form other sides: A good relation with yourself and other people (I think it is important to look at where do we meet together instead of where can I block you?).
It was a pleasure to meet you all and do hope it wont be the last time I can come to Krakow, practice Aikido with you and talk about the Samurai Game (TM). Domo Arigatou Gosaimahita!

3. Yamashima Sensei Agenda Updated
This week (13th - 18th of May), you can practice with Yamashima Sensei in many different venues in the city of Paris, France. See the information here-below on the postes (sorry to those readers who don't speak French, it is in French but it shouldn't be too difficult for you to grasp the essential information!).
During the week.

During the weekend.

I recently received an up to date version of Yamashima Sensei's agenda all around the world. You can find this updated agenda here (click to make bigger):
Just to give a quick indication for this month, Yamashima Sensei will be heading, after Paris, to Sweden and Finland and, in the middle of June to Hawaii. from the end of June and during July, Yamashima Sensei will again be in Europe (in the following order: Manheim Germany, Geneva and Castricum Holland). See the spreadsheet for more details.

4. Shimamoto Shihan in Israel (30th of May to 3rd of June 2013).
Here is a reminder about last month´s post from Ze'ev Erlich about Shimamoto Shihan coming to Israel again for the fifth year running (taking place this year on the 30th of May to the 3rd of June). Hereby, a link to the post:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Shimamoto Shihan Announcement 30th of May to 3rd of June 2013

Masatake Dojo Israel
An Aikido Seminar with:
Shimamoto Shihan:
Aikido 8th Dan and a Zen Master.
Seminar in Israel
May 31, June 1,2,3 2013

Seminar schedule:

Friday (May 31) 
15:00 - 17:00 (30€)
17:30 - 18:30 (20€)

Saturday (June 1)
10:30 - 12:00 (30€)
12:30 - 13:30 (20€)

Sunday (June 2)
18:30 - 19:30 Kids class - adults welcome (20€)
20:00 - 21:30 (30€)

Monday (June 3)
20:00 - 21:30 (30€)

Full seminar fee: 140€
Single class fee (see schedule)

About: Shimamoto Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai (75 years old) is the head of Shosenji Dojo in Toyonaka - Osaka, and the head priest of Shosenji Zen Temple.
He was a direct student of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, and one of the closest disciples of the late Kissaburo Osawa Sensei.

Seminar Location: Masatake Dojo, Rehovot, Israel  (gym hall of weizmann elementary school):
Here are three optional hotel web sites for early reservations:
1. Leonardo Hotel Rehovot: The hotel where Shihan and Mama San will be staying is Leonardo hotel. It is 20 minutes walk from the city center, and about 35 minutes walk from the dojo:
תמונה מוטבעת 1

2. Casa De Vital: A simple and small hotel in the center of our town - about 10 minutes walk from the dojo:
תמונה מוטבעת 2

3. Hapina Shel Michal (in Mazkeret Batya): A hotel in a small town next my city - about 10-15 minutes by car from the dojo (a taxi would cost about 10 Euro from the hotel to the dojo or our city center):
תמונה מוטבעת 3

I recommend making early hotel reservations.

Hoping very much to see you with us.
I will be happy and grateful if you forward this information to your aikido contacts. 


Ze'ev Erlich

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 2013

1.0 Aikidoka Around the World 
It is time for me to head off again soon. I'll be heading to Thailand for holiday combined with training. Along the way, I hope to be stopping by at the dojo of Fukakusa shihan in Bangkok and hopefully the Thai Aikikai shihan will be present at the time to give the training.
In addition to that I'll be heading to Japan in the golden week where on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of May, a special seminar with Yamashima sensei will take place.
3 days later ...
As I write now, I already had two evenings of very hot practice with Fukakusa shihan at the Renbukan dojo in Bangkok in a temparature of 35 celcius and no airco! This is the result (see below, a sweaty photo and a well deserved drink after!). It was also a pleasant surprise to meet Kris from Poland who used to practice in The Hague a while back.

2.0 Gaman
GAMAN (我慢) is a recurring theme because it is an important theme to remember in practicing Aikido. It is one of the highest and most honorable of virtues in the Japanese budo arts/martial arts. It means to bear with, endure or put up with. It is the restraint you need when stressed or provoked. It is holding back when under pressure to act. It is the regular forging and patience necessary in practicing an art. It is being able to not let emotions take control even when there is an emotional opinion in a critical moment. It is enduring difficulties in learning and the slow and sometimes painful climb to mastery. It is declining the invitation to fight and seeking a higher level of resolution and consciousness for ourselves and others.

3. An Aikido seminar with Shimamoto Katsuyuki Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai (in Israel)
Shimamoto Shihan (8th Dan Aikikai) 
Seminar in Israel
May 31, June 1,2,3 2013

Dear friends,

I received a happy message from Shimamoto Shihan about his seminar in Israel.

Shimamoto Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai (75 years old) is the head of Shosenji Dojo in Toyonaka - Osaka, and the head priest of Shosenji Zen Temple.
He was a direct student of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, and one of the closest disciples of the late Kissaburo Osawa Sensei.

The dates for the seminar are:

May 30th 2013 until June 3rd. 

The dates might change a little according to Shihan's flights schedule, but I am almost sure that on May 31, and June 1,2,3 we will be practicing aikido. Hopefully, on June 4th, 5th we will travel together to the north of Israel.

Seminar Location: Masatake Dojo, Rehovot, Israel  (gym hall of weizmann elementary school):

Here are three optional hotel web sites for early reservations:
1. Leonardo Hotel Rehovot: The hotel where Shihan and Mama San will be staying is Leonardo hotel. It is 20 minutes walk from the city center, and about 35 minutes walk from the dojo:
תמונה מוטבעת 1

2. Casa De Vital: A simple and small hotel in the center of our town - about 10 minutes walk from the dojo:
תמונה מוטבעת 2

3. Hapina Shel Michal (in Mazkeret Batya): A hotel in a small town next my city - about 10-15 minutes by car from the dojo (a taxi would cost about 10 Euro from the hotel to the dojo or our city center):
תמונה מוטבעת 3

I recommend making early hotel reservations.

Hoping very much to see you with us.
I will be happy and grateful if you forward this information to your aikido contacts. 


Ze'ev Erlich