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Shoshinkan Dojo is having fundraiser by selling t-shirts.  Please consider.
Shoshinkan was founded in 1998 and has transformed into a Non-Profit dojo featuring Aikido Zen and Breathwork programs for members of the community who are serious about training in any of these areas.
Dojo Cho (leader), Rick Testa Sensei, is working towards a higher level of Zen training which he will share with our community and pass on to all who are serious and focused.
To find more information, click here!
Aug 7, 2014 / 3 notes

Shoshinkan Dojo is having fundraiser by selling t-shirts.  Please consider.

Shoshinkan was founded in 1998 and has transformed into a Non-Profit dojo featuring Aikido Zen and Breathwork programs for members of the community who are serious about training in any of these areas.

Dojo Cho (leader), Rick Testa Sensei, is working towards a higher level of Zen training which he will share with our community and pass on to all who are serious and focused.

To find more information, click here!

Aug 3, 2014 / 1 note

Fundraising Seminar in UK

There will be a fundraising seminar at Two Circles Aikido on the 13th of September.  Phil Smith Sensei from Renshinkan Dojo in Birmingham, UK, will be a guest instructor.  

The seminar is a charity event in aid of John Edge Sensei’s (Two Circles Aikido dojocho) granddaughter Ellie Newitt, who is currently battling leukemia.

If you would like to make a donation but cannot attend, all funds can be directed to Edge Sensei’s Paypal account:  edge631@btinternet.com

Thank you for your consideration.

Summer Kenshusei at Aiki Farms 2014!
Jul 28, 2014 / 2 notes

Summer Kenshusei at Aiki Farms 2014!

Jul 25, 2014 / 3 notes

Research study shows grunting (kiai) improves performance

Kiai is a the practice which involves explosive exhalations from the hara with vocalization, usually using the syllables “Ei!” and “Toh!”

Many marital arts students and observers wonder why kiai is so strongly demanded during practice.  Often times, people feel reluctant to generate such a powerful, loud breath.  Some even feel self conscious.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska have recently published a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research which may offer some scientific foundation for the physical benefits of kaia (or as they word it ”grunting”.

They discovered that grunting produced a 3.8% increase in groundstroke velocity for tennis players, while not impairing any oxygen consumption.

So be proud of your kiai, gather all your breath, and harmonize with your energy.  On the court or on the mat, you can always tell people you are conducting your own research study.

Click here for the full study.

Jul 25, 2014 / 1 note
Conclusion of Aiki Farms Sesshin lead by Genjo Marinello Osho.
Jul 16, 2014 / 1 note

Conclusion of Aiki Farms Sesshin lead by Genjo Marinello Osho.

Aikido Association of America’s National Instructors Seminar with Fumio Toyoda Shihan and guest instructor Kengo Hatayama Shihan Northeastern University, Chicago IL, April 22-26, 1998.
Picture provided by Chushinkan Dojo.
Jul 15, 2014 / 6 notes

Aikido Association of America’s National Instructors Seminar with Fumio Toyoda Shihan and guest instructor Kengo Hatayama Shihan Northeastern University, Chicago IL, April 22-26, 1998.

Picture provided by Chushinkan Dojo.

James Nakayama Sensei teaching at the Toyoda Shihan Memorial Seminar hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai.
Jul 1, 2014 / 11 notes

James Nakayama Sensei teaching at the Toyoda Shihan Memorial Seminar hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai.

The Aikido Association of America's annual Toyoda Shihan Memorial hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai in California.
Jun 30, 2014 / 8 notes

The Aikido Association of America's annual Toyoda Shihan Memorial hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai in California.

May 6, 2014 / 8 notes

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following yudansha (black belt) promotions!
 -Tamara Rozman 2. DAN
- Jovan Golijan 2. DAN
- Andrej Pirc 2. DAN
- Ziga Savnik 2. DAN
- Mark Lathom 2. DAN 
- Roman Macek 1. DAN
- Peter Kuzma 1. DAN
- Damjan Mihelic 1. DAN