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The Seminar will be an introductory study of the Japanese weapon, the Samurai Sword. We will use the traditional wooden bokken to explore the tactics, strategy and philosophy of Samurai warriors.  This is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to the martial arts or for seasoned practitioners of non weapon based arts.

When – Sunday June 5th, 2016 from 1:30-4:30pm

Place – Trotter Building, 410 W. Geer Street, Durham, 27701

(Between Cocoa & Cinnamon and Cross Fit, corner of Geer and Foster)

Bring – Sincere Heart, Open Mind. Traditional Martial Arts uniform preferred but not necessary.  Bokken or unsharpened Iaido sword.  We will have extras for beginners.

Instructor – Sensei Gil Fits, 40 years of traditional and tactical martial arts experience

Email – tenrokan @ gmail. com (close spaces)

Costs – $40


Jacques Payet was a constant student and disciple of Yoshinkai Founder Gozo Shioda.  He is instrumental in translating Kancho Shioda’s writings into books like Shugyo.   Here is an example of a trained mind, trained body and superlative concepts.

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Fantastic Opportunity to train with Aikido Shihan Yukio Utada,

Head of Doshinkan International, Direct Disciple of Kancho Gozo Shioda.

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2015 Summer Seminar

Ueshiba image and quote

In the beginning we are very focused on learning technique in Aikido.  Is my right foot or left foot forward? Do I pivot left or right?

Later as we advance we pay attention to breathing, timing, posture, extension etc.  The next phase is to develop a strong sense of mindfulness, utter presence that self monitors and maintains equanimity.  Then let’s test that with people grabbing, pushing and punching us…..Ultimately we forget this ‘self’ and focus on reading and leading the intentions of the uke.

But no matter where we are on this journey here is an article that provides Aiki principles to the randori of daily life…


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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 –

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.

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