Arizona Aikido

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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 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.

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


Dan Promotions

8 September 2014
We are proud to announce the following dan promotions from our Fall Mountain Camp:

Ron -nidan
Skip -nidan
Stephen -nidan
Jeff -nidan

The tests were exceptionally well-done! Congratulations!


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

Dennis Hooker ShihanWe 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.


29 March 2014
We are proud to announce the following promotions:

Thai -shodan
Nancy -yonkyu
Aaron -gokyu
Laurel -sankyu
Helmut -ikkyu
Cameron  -rokyu


Robert Ross Bugh, Sr. - Soke Bugh

26 March 2014
Funeral services for our friend, Robert Ross Bugh, Sr., will be held at St. Mary Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, Arizona 85004, on Saturday, March 29, 2014. There will be a viewing at 8:45 a.m. and the funeral Mass will be at 9:45 a.m. You can read his obituary here.

Bobby was an early student of Jon Takagi Sensei and a long-time friend of both Takagi Sensei and Tsuneji Sakakibara Sensei. He had gone on to develop his own martial arts school, Shobu-Ryu Aiki-Tori-Te Jujutsu/Kobujutsu, Bugh Ha, and was recognized as 10th dan in 2006.

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