Shohei Juku Newsletter #372 – June 2019
Prefectural Federation Seminar
On Saturday, May 4th, we held the Fukuoka Prefecture Aikido Federation seminar at Tenjin Dojo. Fifty-six people attended.
Zazenkai – Elementary and Jr. High Students
We also held a zazenkai at Shohei Juku Honbu Dojo from 2PM to 3:30PM on Saturday, May 4th. This time, twenty-six people attended including an elementary school student and a Junior High school student. At a zazenkai, we warm up and stretch with yoga exercises, sit for 30 minutes, and then have a question and answer session for 30 minutes. In June, we have no zazenkai due to our busy schedule.
On Sunday, May 5th (a National Holiday), a seminar and an examination for Usa Aikidokai (Ms. Nobue Nagayabu, Dojo Rep) were held at the Usa City Gymnasium. People from Shoyukai also joined us.
On Sunday, May 12th, a seminar and an examination for Izumi-Otsu Dojo and Nishinomiya Dojo (Mr. Mitsuo Shimada, Dojo Rep) were held at the Izumi-Otsu Dojo. Many people from nearby dojos in the Kansai region participated. As requested, we all tried a zazen in the last half of the event this time.
On Sunday, May 19th, a seminar and an examination for Yatsushiro Seibukan (Mr. Tomoaki Ueda, Dojo Rep) were held at the Yatsushiro City Martial Arts Hall. People from the dojos in Kumamoto as well as those from Omuta Dojo also participated. For your information, the next year will mark the Yatsushiro Branch’s (currently named “Yatsushiro Seibukan”) 50th anniversary.
All Japan Aikido Enbukai
On Saturday, May 25th, the 57th All Japan Aikido Enbukai was held at Nippon Budo-kan (National Martial Art Hall). The number of participants was approximately eight thousand. From Shohei Juku, All Kyushu Student Alliance (Seinan University, Kyushu University and Fukuoka University) participated. For the dojo enbu, Takako Takeshita, Silvio Ulman, Nobuyasu Fujibayashi, Kazuaki Kuroki, Nagisa Yuura, Takayuki Nishi, Hiroshi Sumichika, Takashi Nagata, Jeremy Kupo, and Isamu Takeshita. As an instructor of a prefectural federation, Kohei Yamada with Koki Maehata, and for a shihan enbu, Katsuhiko Suganuma with Kentaro Mori and Daisuke Maeda performed their enbus. As my ukemi, Kohei Yamada, Takato Kanato, Daisuke Maeda, and Ryoko Fujii participated.
Yokohama Shomonkai members kindly secured seats for us early in the morning which was very helpful for us. Thank you very much.
Next day, a seminar was hosted by Yokohama Shomonkai at Jowa Juku in Setagaya Ward. We had over forty participants in the dojo with thirty-eight tatami mats. They were working up a good sweat together with those who were in Tokyo for the enbukai.
Events in June
1 Ogoori Aikido-kai
2 Yamaguchi Showakai (Yamada)
2 Isahaya Dojo
4 ~ 12 Switzerland and Germany seminars
8 Student Alliance Exam (Katsuhiko)
15, 16 Yu Yu Kai
16, 17 Dan-Kyu Promotion Exam
22 Seinan University (Katsuhiko)
22 Kurume Dojo
23 Shimonoseki Dojo
27 Omuta Dojo
30 Beppu Dojo