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AKI’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Japan

Published on 17 Mar, 2013

Aikido-Sydney-City-Japanese-Cherry-BlossomsThis year marks a very special chapter in the history of Aikido Kenkyukai International (AKI) as our group prepares to celebrate both its 50th anniversary and 30 incredible years of Takeda Shihan’s Higashi Totsuka Dojo – the very heart of AKI.

In May, nine students from Sydney City Dojo will be travelling to Japan to join representatives from countries such as Canada, Chile, Peru and France for several weeks of celebrations and inspiring training. During their stay, they’ll have the opportunity to attend daily Aikido classes with Takeda Shihan and his top students, many of whom are now Aikido masters in their own right.

Spring time is an absolutely beautiful time of year to visit Japan. Staying in ryokan (traditional Japanese inns), soaking in onsen (natural hot springs), and immersing themselves in the rich beauty and magic of the Japanese language and culture are but a few of the myriad delights which await them. If they’re very lucky and head to colder climes, they may even catch a glimpse of the sakura (cherry blossoms) which are in bloom earlier than ever before this year.

The trip will conclude with a massive international friendship training and Aikido demonstration led by Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba in Kamakura, with over 300 students in attendance. For our students however, the celebrations won’t end there as Takeda Shihan is set to return to Australia in November to lead the 10th anniversary celebrations of our dojo!

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