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Aikido Federations Join Together for a Historic Seminar in Ottawa, Canada

by Peter Bussell

Ryurei Aikido, and independent Aikido dojo in Ottawa, Canada, hosted a unique and most successful seminar the weekend of August 14th and 15th, 1999, titled Harmony for All.

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Koichi Kashiwaya, 8th Dan and Chief Instructor
of Ki Society, USA.

This seminar was distinct, in that there were two senior instructors from different Aikido affiliations teaching at the same seminar.  Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei, Hachidan, Chief Instructor USA Ki Society and Larry Bieri Sensei, Rokudan, Aikikai Shidoin were the guest instructors for 55 participants representing 16 different dojos from four affiliations located in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington.

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Larry Bieri 6th Dan, Rokudan, Aikikai Shidoin

The participants included 22 Yudansha, who enjoyed a totally different seminar to what most are accustomed. Both instructors participated as regular aikidoka during the other’s classes. The attending were introduced to philosophical ideas about aikido, the historical significance and purpose behind much of aikido‘s protocols and other cultural necessities. in addition, instruction on the correct folding of a Hakama allowing for the quick release of the ties so one can put it on in about 30 seconds. Very interesting, although if I were being attacked I think I could do without the Hakama.

There were surprised and interested looks on those faces of people from such diverse dojos as the Yoshinkai and the Ki Society realizing that they were in fact doing the same thing with almost the same points being emphasised.

This seminar was described by many as one of, if not the best they have ever attended. It certainly was unique. Ground breaking in concept and execution and should be repeated.

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Ryurei Aikido, was extremely proud of its membership who managed to put on such a memorable event. The calibre of instruction was as good as it gets and all had a tremendously good weekend.

Submitted by:
Peter Bussell, Ryurei Aikido. Ottawa, Canada

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Michio Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
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1978 C. Matrasko

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