Aikido Hawaii International 2002
By Lyle L. Laizure
From the right, Ron
Christenham, Robert Kubo Shihan, Glen Tango.
Labor Day weekend was truly a weekend of
labor, and fun, for those that attended the annual AHI (Aikido Hawaii
International) Seminar, in Omaha, Nebraska.
From August 29th thru September 2nd, Sarpy Aikido Club hosted a
4-day seminar taught by Robert Kubo, 7th Dan, chief instructor
AHI. Kubo Sensei arrived early Thursday morning, accompanied by Glenn
Tango, 5th Dan, and Jonalynn Sing. A vigorous practice commenced that
evening where Kubo Sensei taught a variety of weapon and empty hand
Rising Star Dojo in South Bend, Nebraska hosted Friday’s practice.
Before practice began, Kubo Sensei performed a formal blessing of the
dojo. Gathering and using items found in the surrounding area, making it
a special blessing indeed.
Group picture at the AHI
Practice resumed Sunday, after a restful
Saturday. Yudansha testing was first on the agenda followed by practice
at 3:00 PM. The testing was a sight to see. Due to the diligence of Ron
Christenham of Sarpy Aikido Club, everyone performed their test
successfully. Sensei Christenham himself was presented his 5th Dan
certificate at this event as well.
With testing completed and practice over for the evening, all were
invited to Sensei Christenham’s home for a Hawaiian Luau. There was
something for everyone, traditional Hawaiian dishes to fried chicken. It
was a pleasure to visit with the visiting sensei in a little less
Monday, All attended a picnic at the farm, hosted by fellow aikidoka.
Plenty of eating, drinking, and swinging. Swinging bokken that is. After
everyone had enough to eat and drink, Kubo Sensei felt obliged to pay
for his dinner with a bokken class.
With over 35 participants and tremendous instruction, this year’s
seminar was a fabulous success.
For information about upcoming seminars please contact Shawn Cumpston at
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article and pictures by Lyle L. Laizure.
Our gratitude and thank yous to Lyle Laizure for writing this article
and to Ron Christenham
and his dojo the
Sarpy Aikido Club, for their generosity and
work in creating this article and supplying the photos!
Thank you so much for sharing these moments with us!
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