22 februari 2011


  • Tissier is in Oegstgeest op zondag 27 februari.
  • De DAF-dag is zaterdag 12 maart.
  • Eerstvolgende examendag is zondag 27 maart.
  • Aikidobridge in het weekend van 1,2, en 3 april met de Sensei Tissier, Ikeda en Vriesman.
  • Zondag 5 juni doet Ilja shodanexamen
  • Dojo examendag is zondag 19 juni.
  • Zaterdag 25 en zondag 26 juni doet Francisca Sensei mee aan een Aikikaistage met alleen vrouwelijke Sensei. Mannelijke aikidoka, graag meedoen.
  • Vrijdag 22 juli begint de zomerschool van Wilko Vriesman. Francisca Sensei gaat er elk jaar heen.
Zie vooral ook ons blog na deze data.

12 februari 2011

Empty Mind Films

Edited clip taken from a new film release by Empty Mind Films; Art of the Japanese Sword.

Trailer for the same release by Empty Mind Films; Art of the Japanese Sword.

This clip is the opening sequence of the Aikido from The Empty Mind Documentary. It features the early morning class of Moriteru Ueshiba or Doshu. Ben Peacock, a student training at the World Headquarters in Tokyo introduces the segment.



5 februari 2011

Visiting the New York Aikikai

This January I was in New York for business and, for the second time in my life, I had the opportunity to practice at the New York Aikikai for a few days. It's a wonderful experience that I recommend to anyone!

The New York Aikikai is located in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. The dojo, which was established almost 50 years ago, is led by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan and, until his death last year, Seiichi Sugano Shihan. Both were uchi deshi of O-Sensei.

This dojo has an amazing roster of high-ranking instructors that is probably second to only the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. These include six 7th Dan Shihan, four 6th Dan and five 5th Dan. Each instructor teaches one hour and there are up to six classes each day, so the person who was teaching you one hour could end up being your uke the next.