San Antonio, Tx
* As was previously announced, Seigo Okamoto sensei passed on January 16, 2015.
I know that for many of us, we miss our Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu teacher, immensely.
It was decided by Headquarters in Japan that Hayashi Masaaki sensei will be the Roppokai Grand Master.
Jose Lopez with Masaaki sensei a few years ago.
~ The AIC seminar in South Miami Beach, Florida last April 2015 was a truly wonderful experience. I was accompanied by one of our regular members, Brian Artavia.
We had a Blast! Many thanks to Guillermo Gomez sensei, 4th dan, of Aikido Miami -
United States Aikikai for hosting the 6th Annual Aikido International Club Seminar.
For more info: www.aikidomiami.com
~ I wish to again congratulate Patrick Walker and Edward Riojas for their superb form when taking their 2nd dan examination last year in September 2015. Great job guys.
~ Our Regional seminar in November 2015 where we celebrated Shugenkan's 10th year Dojo Anniversary with Sensei Jorge Garcia, 5th dan was a huge success. We are always grateful when Jorge sensei visits our little place and shares his vast Aikido knowledge and the many things, Kato Juku.
Congrats to Joseph Diaz for testing and being promoted to 5th kyu that weekend. Certificate is on its way!
2016 REMINDER: Saturday Adult class now starts at 10:00 am until further notice.
The afternoon session will be available for students on a "floating" basis and/or when prepping for next level examinations. Sunday Adult class start time is still 1:00pm.
~ A special treat came our way this past mid-July 2016 as a couple of us attended a major Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu seminar in Salem, Oregon with Hayashi sensei and also Yamamoto sensei as his assistant. I was honored with the task of testing for my Shodan certification alongside fellow Aiki Buddy, Jake Brittain from Fort Worth, Texas. I was accompanied by one of our regular members, Brian Artavia who happened to earn enough credit for his first level certificate in Daito-ryu as well. He tested for Sho-kyu a month later and we were both awarded our individual promotion certificates at a Daito-ryu workshop hosted by the Aiki Shugenkan Dojo recently.
~ A special word of recognition for my good friend and Shugenkan student Brian Artavia who again participated at a Major Aikido seminar in Houston, Texas in September where he tested for and was promoted to 2nd Kyu (brown belt) by Ido sensei, Shihan-dai.
~ Heartfelt Congratulations go to our very own Jose Lugo and son, Adrian who both tested for and were promoted to 5th kyu in October. We are very grateful to Garcia sensei for taking the time to make it happen as extenuating circumstances and conflicting priorities kept these two dedicated Aikido students from participating during Ido sensei's visit this past September 2016.
** There will be a Regional Aikido seminar in Victoria, Texas on December 3rd, being hosted by Integrity Defensive Arts and Sensei Rick Torres, 3rd dan. Special guest Instructors will be yours truly and Jorge Garcia sensei where he will preside over any and all levels of kyu testing. Please contact Rick sensei at: email@example.com
*** Shugenkan Aikido welcomes aboard Art Lara, Daniel Gomez and son, Angel -
We also welcome aboard A.J. Starling, Joseph Martinez and his Uncle Ambrose. ***
The Way of the Warrior is Peace
Snapshot of my 4th dan test in April '2013 - jo waza