don-angier-portraitOne of the serious keepers of the flame - Master Don Angier  - passed away this week.  Angier was classically trained in Daito Ryu Aikijutjitsu and the Yoshida family arts, making him one of the foremost traditional technicians and historians of Japanese samurai arts.  Tony and I had the chance to take his classes along with his senior students at the Aiki Expo in 2002. He was very impressive, personable and a true gentleman.

Here is a clip of his kenjutsu and taijutsu - http://youtu.be/QvWiYcxTm2A

Aikido has taught me to focus on the four “C”s.
Courage, Concentration, Compassion and Consecration
Courage to face my doubts and procrastination,fears and worries, to enter the fray without hesitation when needed. Concentration to keep everyday activities focused on principles, and to draw upon the people and philosophies that provide strength. Compassion to express our true humanity, to be empathetic and of service. Consecration to understand within things small and those large beyond comprehension, Life itself is Holy and within every breath we can find worship and meaning…..

 

We are pleased to host a Summer Seminar with Aikido Shihan Yukio Utada.  Thanks to our friends at Triangle Aikido we will use their dojo on Hillsborough Road, June 8th and 9th.  There are more details on the flyer but this is open tAikido Summer Seminar -Utada Flyer 2014o all styles and levels of experience.Within our international group Yukio Utada is referred to as Kancho meaning head of the school or organization.  He is the quiet master, encyclopedic technician and a genuine embodiment of Aikido principles.

Please help us share the word and pass the info about this great opportunity to learn more about Aikido and how it applies to martial arts and life.

 

Download the Flyer Here - Aikido Flyer 2014

 

The Tenrokan Dojo is proud to announce our Annual Summer Seminar!

Utada Shihan who is the head of the Doshinkan Aikido International will be conducting a two day workshop.

All styles and levels are welcome.

Check out this  -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmwxPkNFmDk&list=PLF1653ED672557394

Contact us for more info…

 

Finally set up a page on Facebook for the Tenrokan Dojo.  Go to Tenrokan Aikido and like the page for all future updates and the latest health, martial arts and self empowerment material we love to share…Tenrokan logo

The Tenrokan is the Aikido dojo in Durham, NC affiliated with the Doshinkan Aikido International headed by Kancho Yukio Utada.

Not sure if I am more enamored with this quiet earnest pursuit of perfection or the fabulous production quality…

Jokingly we were discussing the connection between Aikido and the movies as I pointed out Obata Sensei played the villain in the Ninja Turtle Movies.

Well in life he’s very much the real deal.  This is a beautifully shot and edited video of his school in Oakland.  He studied originally under Gozo Shioda the founder of Yoshinkai Aikido and then branched off into traditional kenjutsu.

Click Here for the Video

The Doshinkan Aikido International annual event was held within the dojo this year. Spacing was definitely compressed but spirits were high.  In the past we have performed highly tactical and practical techniques so this year we focused aiki waza.

Vinesett Sensei and Fitts Sensei demonstrated basic kumitachi and then free style from grabs.

Tenrokan Demo at DAI 2013  

This amazing fight choreography is indeed rare – free fighting with bokkens.  The movie – Gohatto was controversial, indeed the name means taboo.  But this scene required tremendous skills to produce.