Sano Sensei & Julien Naudot Train At Hombu

Sano Sensei & Julien Naudot Train at Aikikai Hombu Dojo

During a recent visit to Japan, Sano sensei and Julien had the opportunity to train with former Salt Lake Aikikai dojo-mate Ishida Tsuyoshi at the Aikikai Foundation World Headquarters Hombu Dojo. Following keiko, they had the opportunity to be photographed with the Doshu, Ueshiba Moriteru.

Keiko also provided the opportunity to train with other friends of the dojo including Aikawa sensei and Matsuoka Hiromi san.

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Presentation of San Dan Certificates to Curtis Busby and Jon Kroupa

The members of Salt Lake Aikikai participated in the presentation of Aikikai san dan certificates to dojo mates Curtis Busby and Jon Kroupa at the end of keiko. Both of our dojo mates have worked long and hard teaching those of us who follow in their footsteps. We are grateful for their patience and kind examples and are excited for this recognition of  their persistence.

Both Curtis and Jon tested for rank during Glenn Yoshida sensei’s visit this past July.

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Salt Lake Aikikai Welcomes Glenn Yoshida Sensei, 7th Dan, for a 2018 Seminar


Salt Lake Aikikai welcomes Glenn Yoshida sensei’s return for an aikido seminar July 20-22, 2018.

Yoshida sensei entered the deshi program at Hombu Dojo under the second Doshu, Kisshomaru following his university studies. For years, he taught English, trained daily, and provided translation services for the Aikikai organization. After his participation in the deshi program, the Aikikai sent Yoshida sensei to Spain to teach. Eventually, Yoshida sensei returned  home to Hawaii. In 2011, Yoshida sensei was instrumental in organizing and bringing together all of the aikido practitioners in Hawaii to host the founder’s grandson, the current Doshu, and great grandson, Hombu’s Dojocho, for the 50th anniversary of the Hawaii Aikikai Big Dojo. In 2014, Yoshida sensei was awarded the rank of seventh dan from the third Doshu, Moriteru Ueshia. Yoshida sensei is dojo–cho of Aikido Renshinkan Hawaii and teaches a weekly keiko at the Hawaii Aikikai Big Dojo.

The seminar will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Salt Lake County Sports Complex. The Sunday seminar session will be held at Aikido Mountain West. Seminar sessions will run:
Friday – 7:00-8:30p
Saturday – 3:30-5:00p
Sunday – 10:00-11:30a

Group dinners following the seminar sessions are scheduled:
Friday – Gourmandise, 9:15p
Saturday – Desert Edge Pub, 6:00p
Sunday – Potluck at Sano Sensei’s home, 7:00p.

The cost to attend the seminar is $60 for an individual, $70 for a family. The cost for a single session is $30 for an individual, $40 for a family.

Download the 2018 Seminar Flyer

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