Shohei Juku Newsletter #374 – August 2019

Student Alliance Freshmen Workshop
On Saturday, July 6th from 12:30PM to 2:00PM, we had a workshop for the new members of All Kyushu Student Alliance at Tenjin Dojo.

We discussed the Aikido history, practiced individual movements, ukemi and basic techniques, and concluded the workshop having a questions and answer session. 

Norway Aikikai
From July 7th to 13th, I went to Norway with an invitation from Norway Aikikai, and had a three-day seminar on July 9th, 10th and 11th. The seminar was held at Hadeland Folke High School with approximately 100 participants. From Japan, Norishige Sakai, Masahiko Sudo, Hiroshi Sato, Kazuhide Terakawa, Norio Nishioka and Ai Shiozuka accompanied me. Also Eve from France as well as Ms. Tomoko Iohara from England joined us. It was my 20th visit. The number of participants was about 100, and it was a productive seminar.

Oita Aikido-kai
On Sunday, July 14th, the day after I returned from Norway, a joint examination for the Oita area dojos was held at Oita Prefecture General Gymnasium. The number of examinees was 220. We had the exam for children in the morning and the one for adults in the afternoon. As there was some extra time until the time of my returning train, we had a practice for a short period of time.

Due to a jet lag, I almost fell asleep during the examination, but I returned to Fukuoka with no problem. 

Kagoshima Shohei Juku Dojo Opening
As I announced last month, the dojo opening ceremony for Kagoshima Shohei Juku (Mr. Yoichi Toyokura, Dojo Rep) was held on July 15th. Approximately 40 people attended, including those from nearby dojos, as well as some Kyushu University graduates. We had a joint practice and a celebration enbu. After that, we had a celebration party at My Stays Hotel Tenmonkan. There were performances including playing cello and Ohara-bushi dance. The party broke up in a lively and fun atmosphere. I sincerely wish the dojo every success.

Thank you for Kiju Celebration
On Sunday, July 28th, the celebration party for my kiju (77 years old) was held at Daimaru Besso in Futsukaichi Hot Springs.  Though the number of participants was limited to 200 due to the space constraint at the party venue, I had the pleasure of 194 peoples’ company. I was very happy to see those whom I had not seen for the last 30 or 40 years, and those from Canada, Tohoku, Kanto, Kansai and Shikoku who came all the way to the celebration party. 

It was a blessing and heartwarming party for me. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the participants as well as the organizers for the party.  

Events in August
3 – Harima Shohei Juku
* This time, it will be held at Hyogo Prefecture Martial Arts Hall
10 – Fujisaki Dojo
11 – Chikushino Dojo
12~16 – Obon Holiday (Dojo closed)
17 – Hita Shohei Juku
18 – Fukushima Kenjinkai
22 – Omuta Dojo
25 – Nagasaki Shomonkai
31 – Seinan University Camp (Katsuhiko)

— Morito Suganuma