News and Notes
Arizona Aikido Fall Mountain Camp 2016
24 July 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 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
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:
You can register and pay via Paypal for the full seminar here: or for one or two sessions here:
- 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
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.
Aikido Laboratory 2016
4 May 2016
Our sister dojo, Katsujinken Dojo in Prescott, Arizona, has rescheduled Aikido Laboratory 2016 to begin June 25, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with a tea break). Aiki Taiso: Moving Into Connection is the first session. Please join us in Prescott for the day. Sharon Seymour Sensei will lead this study of the Aiki Taiso as aids to self connection and alignment, including solo and partner versions of the movements. This event is open to Aikido practitioners of all levels. Check the flyer for details of the June and July sessions.
Anniversary of Osensei's Death
26 April 2016
April 26, 2016, is the anniversary of Osensei's death (April 26, 1969). Thanks, Osensei, for the legacy you have left us!
Arizona Aikido Annual Winter Seminar
14 January 2016
Our Annual Winter Seminar took place February 12 – 14, 2016, and featured Dan Messisco Sensei. Thanks, Messisco Sensei, for a great seminar! February is always a great time to be in Phoenix, Arizona! Dan Messisco had not taught in this area before, so it was an opportunity to train with him that was not to be missed! You can still see the flier. The seminar was held at Longview Elementary School (map). If you’d like to check it, here’s the Phoenix weather. If you still need to pay, use online registration:
Full seminar - $100:
Saturday only - $75:
One session (Friday, 1/2 day Saturday, Sunday) - $50:
Pay Your Aikido Schools of Ueshiba Dues via PayPal
1 January 2016
We set up a page for you to pay your Aikido Schools of Ueshiba dues via PayPal. Note that you don't need a PayPal account to accomplish this; you may just use your credit or debit card. Go here to pay via PayPal. Of course, you can still pay your ASU dues the old fashioned way - with cash or a check!
Happy Birthday, Osensei!
14 December 2015
Happy Birthday, Osensei! December 14, 1883! Thanks, Osensei, for the legacy you have left us!
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