Arizona Aikido

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Jim Alvarez, 6th dan, ASU - September 20-22, 2019

28 July 2019

Jim Alvarez, 6th dan, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba will be in Phoenix, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 20-22, 2019, for a seminar. Alvarez Sensei has trained not only with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, founder of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, but also with Toshishiro Obata Kaiso in the art of Shinkendo. He is a skilled swordsman. Alvarez Sensei is the Chief Instructor at Aikido of Livermore - Shinrei Dojo. You don't want to miss this opportunity to train with Alvarez Sensei! Download a flier here

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Remembering Tsuneji Sakakibara Sensei

22 July 2019
Sakakibara Sensei Grave Marker
We remember Sakakibara Sensei fondly on this sixth 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.

Remembering O Sensei

26 April 2019

O Sensei's grave 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 in 2017) and his grave at the Shingon temple Kozan-ji in Tanabe, Wakayama (bottom). (Photo from Aikido Sangenkai – Christopher Li.)

Here is an interesting history of O Sensei.

Mary Heiny Sensei in Tucson!

7 April 2019
Group Photo - Mary Heiny Sensei - Aikido at the Center - April 6, 2019 Mary Heiny, 7th dan, was at Aikido at the Center, 3045 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85711, April 5-7, 2019. Heiny Sensei recently had surgery on her shoulder, so this seminar was an interesting look at how one does Aikido in a difficult situation! Several of our students were able to attend the seminar and joined Aikidoka from Arizona and beyond!

Jamie Zimron, 6th dan - March 22, 2019

22 March 2019

Jamie Leno Zimron Sensei, 6th danJamie Leno Zimron, 6th dan was in Phoenix for a special seminar the evening of March 22, 2019. Thanks, Jamie Sensei!

Download the flier here

Cost for the evening is $25. You can register and pay online:

Celebrating O Sensei's Birthday - December 14, 1883

14 December 2018
O Sensei Drawing from Bernie Lau Sensei O Sensei (Aikido Journal) Today, December 14, 2018, we celebrate the birth of O Sensei in 1883. The image on the left is a commissioned drawing that was obtained from Bernie Lau Sensei. It is a typical pose for portraits of O Sensei in his later life.

The image on the right is courtesy of Aikido Journal. In honor of his birthday, they've made a collection of O-Sensei videos from Aikido Journal TV available to everyone for free viewing today.

Please take a few minutes to watch or listen to (radio interview) Morihei Ueshiba, who's had such a positive impact on so many lives and communities. We also hope you'll share this link with others in the aikido community so more will have the opportunity to be inspired by O-Sensei's words and movement. Follow this link

Annual Winter Seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan

10 September 2018

Ikeda Sensei Seminar at Asian Arts Center Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan has been a strong supporter of Arizona Aikido for more than half of our 50 years of existence! He returns to Arizona Agatsu Dojo December 7-9, 2018, to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary! He is seen in this photo taken at the Asian Arts Center probably sometime in 1987, more than 30 years ago. You may recognize some of the folks in the photo. Click on the photo for a flier. Please don't miss this opportunity to train with Ikeda 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.

December should be beautiful 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, December 7, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday morning, December 8, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday afternoon, December 8, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday morning, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

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Aikido of Flagstaff New Dojo Grand Opening

3 September 2018

Aikido of Flagstaff Aikido of Flagstaff is celebrating the Grand Opening of their new dojo, located at 120 S. Beaver St., on Thursday, September 6, 2018, beginning at 4:30 p.m.! Please help them celebrate this new location. Click on the Aikido of Flagstaff logo for a flier.

Thanks to Andre Cognard Sensei for a Great Seminar!

7 July 2018

Group Photo 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

Cognard Hanshi Flier 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:

Saturday or Sunday

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