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Ever year in October our parent organization hosts a major event, the Doshinkan Aikido International.  This is the demonstration from our dojo last year.  Come join us for a weekend of total immersion in Aikido with instruction from Senseis across the country and our own incomparable Kancho – Yukio Utada.



If you ever suspected your professional life should have been spent playing golf or tennis and perhaps you’ve devoted too much time pursuing martial arts?  Well a trip like this will dispel any such notion.  You are part of a grand international Aikido community, a terrific fraternity of grand souls growing in Ueshiba’s paradoxical art.

We were invited to sail from Key West Florida to Havana Cuba and while there check out the local Aikido dojos.  Had no idea we would be treated like rock stars especially since the Aikido was really excellent. So I had to teach some of the aikijujitsu and tactical work just to have something different to share.

To Omar Lam Sensei and his wonderful students – Domo Arigato Gozaimatsu!

Here is a link with photos and video from the training sessions.

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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…