New Cargo Van Gets Detailed At Oklahoma Dojo

New Cargo Van At Oklahoma Dojo To Shuttle Students

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Good evening brothers and sisters. We are excited to announce that we have purchased a new cargo van for our Oklahoma Dojo. The class has grown so much in the last two years that we have now purchased a van. A few months back the Dojo was in need of roof repair, now they have paid cash for a used cargo van. The need for a van became apparent when many of our young students were missing class because their parents either did not own vehicles or they worked late hours and were unable to shuttle their child to class. The other benefit this gives us is the ability to shuttle our team from the Dojo to the arena on competition day. We usually have about six to eight people competing each time there is a tournament, having the ability to shuttle everyone together will create a stronger bond among teammates and help to build camaraderie. The cargo van was purchased on Friday and was brought to the Dojo to be parked for the weekend. While inspecting the interior we noticed a pretty foul stench and realized that the carpets needed to be shampooed. The van had previously been owned and operated as a local delivery truck. The stench became worse as we spent more time in the cab of the vehicle. We contacted a mobile car detailer in OKC and they came down that day and gave the vehicle a complete makeover. They washed the exterior and interior of the van and even cleaned the engine compartment. Whatever the odor was leftover from the delivery company, it was now gone. The van looked amazing and we were ready to shuttle our team to practice and to tournaments. Having a reliable mobile detailer in the area made it convenient for all of us needing our vehicles thoroughly cleaned up inside and out. We scheduled the guys again for later in the week and we all lined up our cars to get cleaned. The van is ready to go, the kids now have a ride to class and back, and we all just got upgraded to a shuttle for competition day in OKC. This cargo van will serve it’s purpose for a very long time!

Young Kip Needs A Bone Marrow Donor Match

Help From The Dojo – Bone Marrow Donor Match Needed

kip needs bone marrow donorA young student at an affiliate Dojo is in need of a bone marrow transplant and your help is needed. A fellow martial arts practitioner and young fan of MMA is in need of an exact match bone marrow donor. Young Kip started his martial arts journey two years ago and has been promoted to second degree gray belt in Jiu Jitsu. Kip also had been competing regularly and brought two gold medals home to his Dojo with pride. A true champion on and off the mats, Kip needs your help now for the fight of his life. I will be sending out an email to all affiliates that will link to this article, you will then have the option after reading this to make donations at your local Dojo. Your professors will deposit the money collected and PayPal us the funds so we can get the money to Kip and his family. Money is only part of the donations we need. We need many of you to swab your mouths and apply to become a bone marrow donor. Both men and women are encouraged to find a donation center and give bone marrow. There are Charities that can find a bone marrow donor match, we encourage you to contact them and apply to become a donor. If you are unable to donate because of health reasons, money will help Kip and his family along the journey ahead of them. They will need assistance traveling and lodging during this fight. All affiliate Dojos should encourage their students to get involved to help make this martial arts community one that kicks ass on and off the mats. Kip has been a warrior, according to his professor he is still showing up to class on occasion and practicing. The beautiful thing about kids at that age is that they typically don’t have a deep understanding of the severity that is cancer. We have seen many kids win and lose the battle in our community and we will continue to give our love and support to our members and those outside of the Martial Arts community that we are so heavily involved in. I now bow in respect to all of you making the decision to make a difference. With over 50 affiliate Dojos and hundreds of students around the country we shouldn’t have any problems finding a bone marrow donor match for Kip. Thank you all that respond. Oss!

Cognard Shihan 8thDan in CA & AZ (June 2018)

Cognard Shihan 8thDan in CA & AZ (June 2018)
From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 4. Jun 2018, 10:52pm
URL: http://www.usa-seminar-kakkhh.com

“Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu” (KAKKHR), in cooperation with “Los Angeles Aiki Kai” & “Arizona Aikido”, cordially invites you to a series of June 2018 seminars with André Cognard Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai): Los Angeles, CA (June 16-17 & 27-28), Bakersfield, CA (June 18-19), Santa Ana, CA (June 20-21), San Diego, CA (June 22-24), Irvine, CA (June 25-26), Phoenix, AZ (June 30 & July 1).
All levels and affiliations are welcome.
Check out the details in the dedicated Website: http://www.usa-seminar-kakkhh.com

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  • Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Sept. 21-23 2018

    Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Sept. 21-23 2018
    From: Andrew James Barron posted on 28. May 2018, 02:23pm
    URL: http://www.calgaryaikikai.com

    Calgary Aikikai is excited and looking forward to training with 6th Dan Ryuji Shirakawa Shihan of Sendai, Japan this September. This is the only seminar he will be conducting in North America and should not to be missed. All are welcome to come train with this dynamic and energetic Sensei. Info at : www.calgaryaikikai.com

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  • Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan, 1-3rd June 2018

    Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan, 1-3rd June 2018
    From: Scott Reed posted on 16. May 2018, 01:30pm
    URL: http://www.edinburghaikido.co.uk

    Toshiro Suga began aikido in 1968 at Hombu Dojo and moved to France in 1971. He was a senior student of Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei and gives seminars all over the world. Please join us for his annual course in Edinburgh, Scotland!

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  • Shihan Ruriko Masutani Passes Away

    Shihan Ruriko Masutani Passes Away
    From: Matthew Streiff posted on 16. May 2018, 01:30pm
    URL: http://www.aikidopittsburgh.org

    Sad news that Shihan Ruriko “June” (Masutani) Harris, of Springdale, PA, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Also known as Ruriko Masutani, June was the beloved friend of Nigel Beckford, Matt Streiff, Alan Pelton, Skip Fox, Bob Intrieri, Martin Pachol, Greg Yakich, Barbara Brandom, Will Graves, Jim Weldon; step-mother of Darla Liston and family. June was the proud founder and executive director of Aikido of Pittsburgh. Shihan Ruriko Masutani founded Aikido of Pittsburgh in 1968 after she emigrated from Japan as a Christian exchange student. Born in Himeji, Japan, Shihan Masutani began practicing Aikido as a child in the early 1950’s under the guidance of her father. After moving to the United States and finally settling in Pittsburgh, Shihan Masutani continued training and began teaching seminars up and down the east coast. She taught Aikido in Pittsburgh for over 48 years.

    Along the way she has made many friends and taught thousands of students. In Pittsburgh she opened dojos in East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, Fox Chapel and finally Etna. June had a special way with people, students, teachers, people on the street, nurses and caregivers… she was always known and always loved by those she touched.

    Her journey in life has had Aikido and martial arts threaded throughout. From her early years as part of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) then a member of the Aikido of Ueshiba association and her later years as an independent instructor, Masutani Sensei always sought to give her students and friends the best, regardless of affiliations and associations.

    June was always a very independent person. Austere in many ways, she cut away frivolousness and got to the heart of training or relationships. She built a community in the Aikido and martial arts world that has a lasting legacy in those that she taught. She will be missed but will forever be remembered.

    Celebrate June’s life with her friends at a memorial service on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 2 PM at Aikido of Pittsburgh, 401 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15223. Arrangements made by Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 923 Saxonburg.

    In addition to the memorial service on Sunday June 3rd, the senior instructors of Aikido of Pittsburgh will hold a memorial Aikido seminar in her honor later in 2018. The burial will take place after that seminar.

    Please check the Aikido of Pittsburgh website, www.aikidopittsburgh.org, or our Facebook page for more details on the seminar and burial date.

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  • Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar – May 25-27, 2018

    Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar – May 25-27, 2018
    From: Andrew Manby posted on 7. May 2018, 08:56am
    URL: http://www.aikidoframingham.com/kanaiseminar.html

    Join us for the second Kanai Sensei seminar over the Memorial Day holiday weekend – an all-star lineup of senior instructors, fun activities, and affordable prices. It will have a retro feeling recalling Kanai Sensei and the early days of Aikido.

    Robert Zimmermann – 7th Dan, Shihan;
    David Farrell – 7th Dan, Shihan;
    David Halprin – 7th Dan, Shihan;
    Barbara Britton – 6th Dan, Shihan;
    Fiona Blyth – 5th Dan, Shidoin

    And other instructors to be announced.
    facebook.com/KanaiMemorialSeminar
    #KanaiSeminar2018
    KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com

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  • Granite Showers Phoenix Dojo

    New Granite Showers in Our Phoenix Dojo

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    We have upgraded the Phoenix Dojo with a shower addition. We knocked out the storage closet, added some plumbing, and built a second and third shower. We tore down the old shower and split the space available into three showers, added a drain to each of the shower stalls, and built two walls to create three showers. A lot of our guys that train come in for the morning class and leave for work afterwards. There were some complaints that some of them weren’t able to get a shower before they left for work. As we improve the dojo and expand the training area we will be making more upgrades like this. We are working on buying the lease next door and expanding into the nail salon next door. We will be adding a small weight room and and sparring area. We will also be adding a massage table and exercise balls to help our athletes recover from back pain. The shower room was a huge upgrade and the granite counters and showers really improved the overall value of the dojo. Another request we recently received was for a sauna and an ice bath, seems to me that more guys are wanting to spend time at the dojo than at home. Just kidding, but I think the more accommodations we can make then the easier it will be for guys to make jiujitsu dojo in Arizonathe morning class. We currently have space for about 20 students, yet only about 5 make the morning class while 20+ make the evening class. The showers aren’t used as much in the evening, guys typically train then head home to clean up. We will be adding granite countertops to the entry way of the dojo where new members sign up and fill out paper work. I think it will also give the gym a more professional look. So far thee feedback on the granite upgrades has been positive. I want to thank the guys at Granite Karma (http://www.countertopsarizona.com/) for coming out and installing the granite countertops and shower stalls. They look great and our members are thrilled with the upgrades. Thank you!

    Preparing For My Tournament

    Cardio and Weight Loss For LA International Open

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    I have a jiu-jitsu tournament coming up in a few months and will be training extremely hard to cut weight and prepare for my match. I will be attending a few local seminars in advance to prepare and work with some teammates from other Gyms before my June 23rd match in California. The Los Angelas International Jiu-Jitsu Open is a great competition and brings out some of the best martial artists from California to compete in the event. The match will take place at Cerritos College June 23rd and 24th. I took second in my last match, it was a really tough battle and I gassed out at the end. I ended up losing by points, which sucks just as bad as being submitted. For the next few months I will be training cardio with a resistance berthing mask to really push the limits on my cardio. I have also moved down in weight and will be competing 10 pounds lighter than I did last time. This is going to be difficult for me, I don’t have much fat to drop and I it’s hard to dehydrate for these events because weigh-ins and competitions take place in the same day, and typically within a few hours of each other. There is some fat that can be burned, and competition matchI will need to avoid gaining weight as I try to put on muscle with strength and conditioning. I don’t have access to a local dietitian, so I will be relying on a macro online nutrition coach to provide me with the diet plan needed to cut the weight. Diet plans are hard to design for yourself in my opinion and require the knowledge of a true nutritionist. I need my protein, I need my vitamins, but how much? That has always been the issue for me when I have attempted to be my own nutritionist, I can usually get the foods right, but portion control is something I have struggled with. One my diet is right and I’m not drinking, I will be pushing my cardio goals hard for the next six weeks. I will train 5 days a week at a gym in San Diego where there are many blackbelts to train with. I received my Purple Belt last year and honestly, this division is much harder than I had anticipated it being. The white belt division was pretty easy, most guys don’t stick with it long enough to get good. The blue belt division was tough, guys had made it past their white belts and were now competing at a higher level. Now the purple belt division is easily the hardest competition I have faced yet. These guys are in amazing shape, strong, and are well prepared. I must get my weight right and my mind right to be in the perfect place mentally to compete at this level. I watch the black belts prepare, and then roll, and am extremely impressed by their conditioning and physical ability to roll for 10 minutes. Jiu-Jitsu has created balance in my life, the relationships are awesome, the exercise is amazing, and the experience is like nothing else I have done. I am really hoping that through the use of a resistance training mask, and the help of an online nutrition coach I can reach my cardio and weight loss goals for this tournament.

    Cerritos College June 23rd and June 24th

    5/18-5/20/2018: Seminar with Ikeda Sensei, Nashville TN

    5/18-5/20/2018: Seminar with Ikeda Sensei, Nashville TN
    From: Marta Crispens posted on 8. Apr 2018, 06:09pm
    URL: http://www.nashvilleaikikai.org

    30th Anniversary Seminar with Ikeda Sensei . Nashville Aikikai will be hosting a seminar to celebrate Tom and Mary McIntire Senseis’ 30 years of teaching Aikido in Nashville on May 18, 19, and 20. Please join us for great training, fellowship, and cake. Seminar cost is $130 or $40 per class. There will be a taco bar dinner on Saturday night, $15 per person. Please preregister at nashaikikai278@gmail.com so we can get a headcount for dinner. Payment will be accepted at the door.

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