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jpg of 2013 Seminar Flyer

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 to 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 2013

This was part of Doshinkan Aikido presentation at Drew University in 2009. I wish our entire group had been shown but obviously the editor enjoyed the knife work.

The weekend began with a quick demo and class for our audience from the Superior School of Martial Arts.  The kids and participants were enthralled with Kancho’s techniques and humor.

Saturday started the actual seminar with movements and techniques flowing from the original Aikijujitsu to Aikido.  We trained in the classic aikido weapons of bokken, tanto and jo developing genuine insights concentrating on timing, correct distance,extension of ki and balance.

That evening after dinner we returned to Sensei’s home to watch “13 Assassins”.  Besides being an outstanding movie in the tradition of Seven Samurai, the film dealt with the concept of “The Life Giving Sword”.  The concept has several meanings but this plot reflects:

“It is missing the point to think that the martial art is solely in cutting a man down. It is not in cutting people down; it is in killing evil. It is the stratagem of killing the evil of one man and giving life to ten thousand”  – Yagyu Munenori

My thoughts were how aikido is an amazingly evolved art, not just the idea of sophisticated technique from its samurai past,  but in its aim to develop harmony within ourselves, our fellow man, with nature and the Divine.