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Friendship Seminar at
Pinnacle Martial Arts Academy

by Jeff Bowden

©2003, Jeff Bowden. All rights reserved

On Saturday, June 8, 2002, Pinnacle Martial Arts Academy, located in Jeffersonville, PA, hosted an all day seminar that included instruction from Lower Providence Aikido’s Chief Instructor, Jeff Bowden Yondan, and Aikido Association of Broomall’s Chief Instructor, Mark Dorfman , Sandan. 

©2003, Jeff Bowden. All rights reserved

Attendance included students from Lower Providence Aikido in Pennsylvania,  Aikido of Broomall in Pennsylvania,  Aikido Shishinkan in New York, Aikido Kaishikan in New Jersey, Center City/Malvern Aikikai in Pennsylvania and the Aiki Training Center of Oreland in Pennsylvania.  In total six different schools from three states and four different affiliations, including USAF, AAA, AANA, and Johns Stevens group attended this aikido gathering.   It is rare that we see so many different schools and organizations gather together for the sole purpose of sharing knowledge and enjoying the art

Bowden, who began his instruction under the Kokikai system, concentrated on the importance and power of the lead, using extension to break the uke’s balance.  Without it, one loses control and resorts utilizing strength.

Dorfman, who’s formal aikido training comes from the Yoshikan approach, spoke of the total use of hara (center), when applying any technique and demonstrated as equally effective as his verbal explanations.

©2003, Jeff Bowden. All rights reserved

Students from all dojos were extremely proud of the enthusiasm and mutual respect that was shown during the sun filled afternoon. The significance of this event was evident from the cards and letters that poured in thanking the members of Lower Providence Aikido for their hospitality. We all look forward to next years events.

Jeff Bowden
Lower Providence Aikido

©2003, Jeff Bowden. All rights reserved


Our thanks and gratitude to Jeff Bowden for his generosity in sharing his seminar and pictures! We appreciate Jeff's friendship and hard work in writing this article for us!

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