AikiCamp 2022 was held August 1st-4th at our dojo. We opened the camp with fantastic lessons in Aikido and Taiko together with our first dips into Japanese culture. With our theme of “Build” this year, we worked to lay foundations of Aikido, compassion, and self discipline that will help in the coming year and throughout life. Through Aikido, our campers are learning self disciple and appreciation, and with our Taiko drumming courses, our campers are learning teamwork. Meanwhile, our first cultural courses allowed our campers to get their first grasp of Nihongo, the Japanese language through conversational language and calligraphy workshops. Our campers learned the basics of gunpla model crafting, pocky making, sashiko sewing and mending, and made their own stories to present to their fellow campers in the traditional Japanese style of kamishibai. We worked hard on building techniques throughout the week and forming ideas that both we and our campers will be building throughout their lives. We focused on mastering our teamwork and rhythm with taiko and learned about schools and also food in Japan.
2022 Kansas City Bridge Seminar
The seminar was held May 13th – 15th 2022 at Aikijuku Dojo, 10591 Widmer Ln, Lenexa KS, featuring Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Ryoichi Kinoshita Shihan, and more regional Guest Instructors.
Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan is founder and chief instructor of Boulder Aikikai. He began his study of aikido in 1968 at the aikido club of Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, of which Saotome Sensei was the chief instructor. Upon graduation, he trained regularly at Honbu Dojo and at Saotome Sensei’s Remeijuki Dojo. In 1978 he followed Saotome Sensei to the U.S. and in 1980 established Boulder Aikikai. Ikeda Shihan is world famous and travels extensively conducting Aikido seminars within the U.S., Europe, and other parts of the world.
Ryoichi Kinoshita Shihan began Aikido training under Abe Seiseki Shihan in 1974. At age 24, he became a live-in student of Abe Shihan. From 1996 to present day, he has been director and head instructor of Suisenkan Aikido Dojo in Suita, Japan. He instructs full-time in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. As a longtime student of Abe Sensei, calligraphy teacher of Osensei, Kinoshita Sensei studied calligraphy as well as Aikido with Abe Sensei for 30 years.