Arizona Aikido

 News and Notes

Seminar with Jim Alvarez Sensei

20 October 2016

Jim Alvarez SenseiJim Alvarez, 6th dan, Aikido of Livermore Shinrei Dojo, will be in Phoenix for a special seminar December 2 - 4, 2016.

Download the flier here

December is a good time to be in Phoenix! If you'd like to check it, here's the Phoenix weather.

You can register and pay online:

Which Day(s)?

Arizona Aikido Has Moved!

17 October 2016

939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenis, AZ 85013We have moved to a new dojo located at 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013!

October 15, 2016, was our last day at the Asian Arts Center. For what it's worth, we were there for 30 years!

It will take us a little bit of time to finish preparing the new space, which we are calling Arizona Agatsu Dojo. Watch this Web site for information on when classes will resume at Arizona Agatsu Dojo. If you need more information, you can always use the Contact form.

Thanks for your patience!

Jaimie Lee Zimron Sensei at Arizona Budokan

28 September 2016
Arizona Aikido and Shouri Dojo are please to announce a special seminar with Jamie Lee Zimron, 5th dan to be held at Shouri Dojo October 7 and 8, 2016. Shouri Dojo is located at the Arizona Budokan, 3135 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85028 (Map). You will find more information on the flier.

Arizona Aikido at the Japanese Friendship Garden

17 September 2016
On January 17, 2016, Arizona Aikido gave a demonstration of Aikido at the Japanese Friendship Garden (Ro Ho En). Check out this video to see images of our preparation, some of the actual demonstration, and some scenes from the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Arizona Aikido Fall Mountain Camp 2016

12 September 2016
Our 2016 Fall Mountain Camp is in the books! Thanks to Hiroshi Ikeda, Shihan for his wonderful instruction! Thanks, too, to all the local Aikido instructors who led sessions at camp. We truly appreciate you presence at FMC!

Start planning now for next year's Fall Mountain Camp September 7 - 10, 2017!

If you still need information about this year's FMC, follow the [More] link below.

Arizona Aikido Fall Mountain Camp 2016

30 August 2016
Arizona Aikido's annual Fall Mountain Camp will be held at Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott, Arizona, the weekend after Labor Day, Thursday evening, September 8 through Sunday noon, September 11, 2016. Our featured instructor is Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan.

Some sessions will be taught by local Arizona senior instructors.

Information on cost and online registration are available here.

Download a flier.

Download a schedule.

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Download a map of Emmanuel Pines Camp.

Weather information for Prescott.

If you need transportation from the airport to Prescott, check with us first. If we can't find a ride for you, check airport shuttle services here. Rental cars are also available at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

If you are staying at Emmanuel Pines Camp, you will need a sleeping bag or sheet, pillow, blanket, towel and your toiletries. We have a limited number of linens available for an extra fee of $10.00.

Or you can look for other lodging in Prescott. Please note that Emmanuel Pines Camp is not within walking distance of any lodging in Prescott.

Please bring your jo and bokken. We do have a limited number of weapons for those who are unable to bring their own.

Information about Emmanuel Pines Camp. The camp does not have information about this seminar, so please do not contact them about it.

Directions to Emmanuel Pines Camp.

Many people take the opportunity while at camp to check out historic Prescott. Whiskey Row is a popular area that is easily accessible on Friday evening or on Saturday evening after the banquet. Additional information about Prescott is available from the Prescott Chamber of Commerce.

The Grand Canyon is about 130 miles from Prescott, a 2.5 hour drive, and is also a popular spot to visit while you are here.

Third Anniversary of Sakakibara Sensei's Death

22 July 2016
Sakakibara Sensei In-Memory
We remember Sakakibara Sensei fondly on this third anniversary of his death. One of the ways we remember him is through the Sakakibara Sensei Memorial Scholarship Fund. If you'd like to donate to the Fund, you may do so using the Donate button below. Read Sensei's biography here.

Special Seminar June 18 and 19, 2016

20 June 2016
Thanks to Marcella Paviot Shihan, 7th Dan (Kyoshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) and Guillaume Ange Shihan, 6th Dan (Kyoshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) for a great seminar at the dojo Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, 2016! Thanks, too, to our friend, Andrea Debiasi, 3rd dan for all his efforts in setting up this seminar!

Cognard Shihan Seminar

26 May 2016
Unfortunately André Cognard Shihan cannot conduct the seminar scheduled in June, due to reasons beyond his control.

The seminar scheduled in Phoenix, AZ (June 18-19) will be conducted by Marcella Paviot Shihan, 7th Dan (Kyoshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) and Guillaume Ange Shihan, 6th Dan (Kyoshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai). You'll really appreciate the talent of these two senior instructors!

You'll find more information here. or download the flier here

Cost for the full seminar is $60 or $25 per session.

Scheduled sessions are:

  • Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. to Noon

You can register and pay via Paypal for the full seminar here:

or for one or two sessions here:

One or Two Sessions

Death of Dr. Craig Eddy, 6th dan, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba

10 May 2016
We are saddened to report that Dr. Craig Eddy, 6th dan, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, and a key member of the ASU Board of Directors died on May 7, 2016. You'll find the announcement on the ASU Web site.

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