News and Notes
Arizona Aikido Has Moved!
17 October 2016
We 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!
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!
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
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
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.
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.
28 March 2015
We are proud to announce the following kyu promotions from from testing this week:
|Nancy ||-2nd kyu |
|Bryan ||-5th kyu |
|Candace ||-5th kyu |
|Amy ||-6th kyu |
|Don ||-6th kyu |
|Fred ||-6th kyu |
8 September 2014
We are proud to announce the following dan promotions from our Fall Mountain Camp:
The tests were exceptionally well-done! Congratulations!
|Ron ||-nidan |
|Skip ||-nidan |
|Stephen ||-nidan |
|Jeff ||-nidan |
29 August 2014
We are proud to announce the following promotions:
|Nancy ||-sankyu |
|Cameron ||-gokyu |
|Bryan ||-rokyu |
|Chad ||-rokyu |
|Dominic ||-rokyu |
Death of Dennis Hooker Shihan
23 May 2014
We were saddened to learn of the death of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba senior instructor Dennis Hooker, 7th dan, Shindai Aikikai, Orlando, FL. The only information we have at this time is the announcement of the arrangements on the Shindai Aikikai Web site. Click the photo of Hooker Shihan for information on his background.