News and Notes
Remembering Tsuneji Sakakibara Sensei
22 July 2018
We remember Sakakibara Sensei fondly on this fifth anniversary of his death. Sakakibara Sensei was very important to Arizona Aikido! After the death of Jon Takagi Sensei in February 1984, Sakakibara Sensei stepped in to fill the role of Chief Instructor. He held the dojo together, brought us back into union with Hombu Dojo, and kept us training. He started the first Fall Mountain Camp in Prescott when he saw the need for us to get away from the Valley, to come together as a family and to grieve the loss of Takagi Sensei. Eventually, he turned the dojo over to Tom Haines Sensei, but continued to teach as as Chief Instructor Emeritus. We still miss him and we honor his memory. Read Sensei's biography here. 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.
Thanks to Andre Cognard Sensei for a Great Seminar!
7 July 2018
Many thanks to André Cognard Hanshi for his visit to Phoenix and his instruction over the two days he was here! We look forward to future opportunities to train with Cognard Hanshi.
Cognard Hanshi in Phoenix June 30 - July 1, 2018
6 June 2018
Arizona Aikido is pleased to welcome Andre Cognard Hanshi, 8th dan, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai to Phoenix for a two-day seminar! Don't miss this opportunity to train with Cognard Hanshi! Register and pay online here:
Both Saturday and Sunday $75.00 One day $40.00:
50th Anniversary Celebration with Saotome Shihan!
15 May 2018
We had a great seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan on May 11-13, 2018, in our new dojo, 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013! This was our first opportunity to train in the new dojo (Agatsu Dojo) with Saotome Shihan. We are proud to say that he was impressed with the new space! More 50th anniversary celebration seminars are planned in the dojo this year! Please come help us celebrate 50 years in Arizona!
Mitsugi Saotome Shihan Seminar!
27 April 2018
Mitsugi Saotome Shihan has guided Arizona Aikido for more than half of our 50 years of existence. He returns to Arizona Agatsu Dojo May 11-13, 2018, to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary! He is seen in this photo with Tsuneji Sakakibara Sensei observing a dan test on one of his many visits to Arizona. Please don't miss this opportunity to train with a direct student and uchideshi of O Sensei. The seminar will be held at Arizona Aikido's Agatsu Dojo, 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Access to the dojo is easy via the light rail system. Exit at the 7th Avenue Station and the dojo is just a short walk to the west. The light rail is easily accessible from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport via the Sky Train. There is plenty of parking at the dojo, as well. The dojo is immediately east of the 11th Avenue traffic light and bus stop on the south side of Camelback Road. May will be warm in Phoenix! If you'd like to check it, here's the Phoenix weather. You can register for the seminar and pay online: Cost for the full seminar is $175. You can choose to attend individual sessions for $45 each.The session schedule is:
- Friday evening, May 11, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday morning, May 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon
- Saturday afternoon, May 12, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday morning, May 13, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Remembering O Sensei
26 April 2018
Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba died on April 26th, (Japan time) in 1969. Here is his grave at the Omoto compound in Ayabe (top, with inset of Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu visiting the grave last year) and his grave at the Shingon temple Kozan-ji in Tanabe, Wakayama (bottom). (Photo from Aikido Sangenkai – Christopher Li.)
Arizona Aikido Local Seminar Dates fo 2018
22 January 2018
Local Seminar Dates
These seminars are all scheduled in the dojo. Information on schedules and costs will be available soon. Dojo Location:
- Annual Winter Seminar – Wendy Whited, Sensei – April 13-15, 2018
- 50th Anniversary Celebration – Mitsugi Saotome, Shihan – May 11-13, 2018
- André Cognard, Sensei – June 30 - July 1, 2018
- George Ledyard Sensei – Randori Intensive – October 5-8, 2018
- Annual Winter Seminar – Hiroshi Ikeda, Sensei – December 7-9, 2018
939 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Pay Your Aikido Schools of Ueshiba Dues via PayPal
1 January 2018
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!
Wendy Whited, 7th dan Seminar - April 13 - 15, 2018
1 January 2018
Arizona Aikido Agatsu Dojo is proud to present our
Annual Winter Seminar (pushed this year to April!) featuring Wendy Whited, 7th dan, Aikido Schools of Uenshiba, Inaka Dojo, Beecher, Illinois! Whited Sensei has extensively studied Saotome Shihan's aikido, with its strong emphasis on both martial realism and the nurturing of inner peace. In 2015, Saotome Shihan awarded Whited Sensei her 7th degree black belt in recognition of the skill level achieved in her forty-five years of training. Her supplementary studies in Iaido, Judo, and Shorei Ryu Karate give her a well-rounded appreciation of the martial arts. As a retired teacher by profession, she brings a clarity of presentation to classes at Inaka Dojo, as well as to the seminars she teaches around the country as a senior instructor with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. The seminar will be held at Arizona Aikido's Agatsu Dojo, 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Access to the dojo is easy via the light rail system. Exit at the 7th Avenue Station and the dojo is just a short walk to the west. There is plenty of parking at the dojo, as well. The dojo is immediately east of the 11th Avenue traffic light and bus stop on the south side of Camelback Road. April is a nice time to be in Phoenix! If you'd like to check it, here's the Phoenix weather. Download the flier here You can register and pay online: Cost for the full seminar is $100.
Special Class with Jamie Leno Zimron Sensei - March 16, 2018
31 December 2017
Jamie Leno Zimron, 6th dan will be in Phoenix for a special seminar the evening of March 16, 2018. Download the flier here
Please note! We made an error on the flier! The dojo address is 939 WEST Camelback Rd.! Cost for the evening is $25 online ($29 at the door). You can register and pay online:
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