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Sensei at Modena International Seminar – 2016

Sensei Modena 2016

On the 21st of September, Sensei arrived Wednesday evening, at 10:10 pm at Bologna Airport. Waiting for Him there were 3 persons: Fabio Luppi, the host, Alice, his daughter and Alessandro Tittarelli.
In one hour and half we got to Serramazzoni (MO), a nice Town, 800 meters height in the Apennines Modenese.
We checked in at “Scuola Alberghiera e di Ristorazione di Serramazzoni”( ), school famous throughout Italy for the excellent training of personnel Hospitality: Food and first class service.

22 September 2016:
Thursday morning, Fabio Luppi, Sensei and Alessandro Tittarelli, visited a big shopping center of Modena, the Grand Emilia ( where Sensei was able to see and even buy some local specialties. Lunch was at the Serramazzoni School. After lunch we relaxed, walked through the village and visit the Municipal Gym where the preparation for the koshukai [placing of the Tatami and the “Shomen”] was taking place. At around 6 pm teachers from Switzerland and Germany joined the group and we went for dinner at a local restaurant (Antica Trattoria Cacciatori)to eat venison (tortellini in broth, pappardelle, deer, wild boar etc … ).

23 September 2016
On Friday morning after breakfast the group went to visit a farm about 20 kilometers from Serramazzoni, in the land of Pavullo nel Frignano, where the owners (former students of hotel school) have built the ‘Agriturismo Casa Minelli ( Here Sensei, himself a farmer too, could see how the local Bio flour of ancient grains is produced also and especially how to produce balsamic vinegar older than 50 years.
Lunch was at the School in Serramazzoni.
We were ready for the koshukai!

About 100 people joined the koshukai and they came from the USA, UK, France, Macedonia, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Iran, Slovakia and Italy. Some important teachers also attended the koshukai such as Alessandro Tittarelli, (8th Dan), Alberto Boglio (6th Dan), Stephan Kurilla (6th Dan) and Akimasa Watanabe (6th Dan).
The training was fantastic and everybody simply loved it: Tachi Dori, Tanken Dori, Taijutsu (Kote Gaeshi, Irimi Nage…), Jo Dori, Jo Kata, Kumi Jo, Kumi Tachi and Kumi Tachi no Henka. The “Special Keiko” was on Nikyo and Sankyo Henka but also Kaeshi Waza from Nikyo (Sankyo and Ago Oshi) and Shiho Nage (Sutemi Waza).
A lot to study now that we are back home!!!

At the end of the koshukai, Francesca, Tittarelli sensei’s daughter, who is like a member of the Saito family, visited Sensei with her son Melquiades and husband Alain. Danilo di Teodoro, an old timer from Italy was with them. It was a wonderful family reunion during lunch time, on Sunday.
Sensei departed on monday morning back to Japan, where he arrived safely.

thank you very much for Your patience and teaching! It was a superb koshukai!

Thanks so much for the organization, the host Fabio Luppi with his students, and to Tittarelli shihan who is always on the back of every koshukai making it run smoothly.
Also thanks to the photographers Eric Savalli, Thomas Podzelny and Mirca Mazzavillani.

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Jukucho schedule for 2017

Hello everybody,
Here is the Sensei’s schedule for next year.
Please remember that this schedule might change without prior notice.

We wait for you in Iwama and in international seminars.

Until 5th January, approximately – New year holyday

2017 Schedule

January 15 – Kagamibiraki

February 30-8 – Philippines gasshuku

February 11 – Sensei`s 60th anniversary party

March 3-5 – Slovakia seminar

March 24-26 – Indonesia seminar

April 8-9 – Oosaka seminar

April 21-23 – Denmark seminar

June 10 – Iwama enbukai (international demonstration)

June 23-25 – Panama seminar

September 23-24 – Germany Waka Sensei

October 13-15 - California seminar

November 10-12 – Paris seminar

November 18-19 – Sensei will be absent

December 9-10 – Nagoya seminar

Mitsuyoshi Saito sensei in Paris – 2016

We were 70 on the tatami for Saito Mitsuyoshi Sensei’s first european seminar.

It was with honor that we received that young professor that managed to impress and captivate all practitioners. His technical precision and indications will stay in our mind for long!

Tenchi dojo is very happy to have been able to organise this seminar and we would like to thank Mitsuyoshi Sensei not only for his teachings but also for his good mood in or out of the tatami.

We would also like to thank deeply all the practitioners that came to this wonderful seminar, all the organizing team and of course, our dear professors!



It was a great honor for all Iwama Shin Shin Uruguayan deshi having received Mitsuyoshi Saito Sensei in Uruguay.
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Mitsuyoshi Sensei arrived in Montevideo International Airport on April 4th 2016, escorted by Mario Silva and José.

On this day we went to visit the Ciudad Vieja, the most traditional Montevideo City district, and the Mercado del Puerto, we had a lunch at the “El Palenque” we took a delicious barbecue “Asado, Ojo de Bife y chorizo” and also octopus, “pimientos de Padrón” and Spanish Tortilla with local white and red wine for the lunch.

At night we had Dinner on a Brewery accompanied by Alberto Villarroel (Dominican Republic Dai Senpai) and Luis Amendola.

On April 5th, we went to visit the “Estancia”, an Uruguayan ranch style, nearby the “Arequita” mountain. We took a ride horse and surveyed the cattle.

Mitsuyoshi Saito’s Seminar started on April 6, 2016 and we had 6 keiko (bukiwaza and taijutsu) attended by 42 deshi.
Participant came from Argentina, Dominican Republic and from several Uruguayan cities like Maldonado, Atlántida and Montevideo.
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The Waza taught by Mitsuyoshi Sensei were:

TAI-JUTSU: Tai no Henko Kihon & Ki no Nagare,Morotedori Kokyu Ho Kihon & Oyo Waza, Riokatadori Kokyu nage (1 & Kata Nage), Ikkyo omote & ura, Nikkyo ura, Shihonage ura, Katatedori Iriminage Jodan (Tai no Henko katachi), Ni nin dori, Suwariwaza kokyu ho.

BUKI-WAZA: Ken no suburi 1~7, Go no awase, Ichi no tachi, Ni no tachi.

On April, 7th evening we offered a Sayonara Party, with Tango Show, to Mitsuyoshi Sensei.
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We would like to say thank you so much to Mitsuyoshi Saito Sensei for his teaching.

Domo arigatou gozaimashitá!!!!!
Mario Silva and all Iwama Shin Shin Uruguayan deshi.

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Mitsuyoshi Saito’s First International Seminar in Brazil – April 1-3, 2016

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We were honored to receive Mitsuyoshi Saito Sensei in Brazil for his first international seminar.

He arrived in São Paulo International Airport on March 29th 2016, a Wednesday, morning with Tristão da Cunha Shihan, who was kind enough to accept our invitation to come and help us receiving Mitsuyoshi Sensei.

We stayed on an apartment near Av. Paulista, a well-known post-card in São Paulo, together with Mario Silva Shihan and José Silva from Uruguay. My wife Ana was also with us all the time taking pictures.

After a small rest, we went out to visit “Liberdade”, São Paulo city’s Japanese Town and we had a traditional Feijoada for lunch.

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On the evening, we went to Ibirapuera Park and also had a guided visit to the Japanese Pavilion, a Japanese-Style house built in Japan on the 1950′s and brought to Brazil by boat to host a small museum, inside Ibirapuera Park, by the lake.

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At night we had Dinner on a restaurant with traditional food from Minas Gerais’ State and had a few Caipirinhas!

On Thursday, March 31st, we walked through Av. Paulista and had lunch on a Brazilian Steakhouse, and then we went to rest and prepare for a small Iwama Shin Shin EMBU at the Japanese Pavilion, supported by São Paulo’s Bunkyo Kai. It was a very special evening. It was such an honor to host an EMBU with Mitsuyoshi Sensei, Tristão da Cunha Shihan, Mario Silva Shihan, José Silva and Brazilian Deshi on Morihiro Saito Sensei’s 88th birthday on this traditional Japanese place.

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On the next morning we went to Ribeirão Preto for the Seminar! The town is located on the heart of São Paulo State and 320km far from it’s capital. Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shuren Kai Brazil’s Hombu Dojo is located there. It was a pleasant drive.

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We arrived on the Summer Chalet and as it was very hot we relaxed a little on the swimming pool before the Seminar.

Mitsuyoshi Saito’s First International Seminar started on the evening of April 1st, 2016. We had 8 keikos of 1h15 until Sunday morning. Almost 50 people attended, from Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Portugal, and Uruguay. Also deshi from the 4 Brazilian Dojos were there. There were students from other schools as well, such as Shimbu-kan (Aikikai Ribeirão Preto) and Takemusu Aikido Kai.

We were all amazed by Mitsuyoshi Sensei’s technique, power and teachings. Everybody felt that Mitsuyoshi Sensei was explaining at their own aikido level. What happened is that he taught a very basic seminar only with kihon techniques, so the beginners were able to understand. Yet the level of details was so high that even the most graduated masters found it very interesting.

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In the dojo Mitsuyoshi Sensei gave tai-jutsu class. We also had buki-waza classes in the “Raya Park” nearby. The techniques were:

Tai no henko kihon and Ki no nagare;
Morotedori kokyu ho, ryotedori kokyu ho, ryokatadori kokyu ho, ryokatadori kokyu nage;
Ikkyo omote & ura;
Nikkyo omote & ura;
Shihonage omote & ura;
Katatedori Iriminage jodan, gedan & chudan;
Morotedori Henka grabbing strongly, twisting the arm, pulling upwards like yonkyo, pulling downwards, henka holding the hand;
Ryotedori kokyu nage;
Swariwaza kokyu ho.

Ken no suburi 1~7;
Go no awase;
Happo giri, Happo giri ni, Happo giri roku & Happo giri nana;
Ichi no tachi.

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On Saturday evening, we offered a dinner party in the Dojo for Mitsuyoshi Saito Sensei.

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Mitsuyoshi Saito’s First International Seminar ended on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 with a Brazilian Barbecue on the Summer Chalet.

We went to bed early because Mitsuyoshi Sensei had to take a plane early in the morning to São Paulo and then to Uruguay.

I have no words to express my gratitude to Mitsuyoshi Sensei and I feel that I can speak for all Brazilian Deshi. DOMO ARIGATOU GOZAIMASHITA!!!!

Special thanks to Tristão da Cunha Shihan, always guiding and orienting us. Thanks to Mario Silva Shihan, ISSASK Latam’s Senpai, for his support. He and José Silva (Brazil’s Dai Sempai) brought an appreciable delegation from Uruguay. Thanks to Fernando Delgado Sensei and our friends that came from Chile. Thanks to Alberto Villarroel and congratulations for your Yon-Dan!!! Thanks to Alvaro Carvalhaes (Rio de Janeiro), Claudio Hirayama (São Bernardo) for your support and for the students that came. Thanks to Sensei Neto and your students for your presence. Thank you very much Kadu Moreira and Ana Falcão who worked tirelessly to help us make this happen. Also thanks to MixVerde Restaurant, Mauro, Aline, D. Norma and team for keeping us well fed. Thanks a lot to Team Nogueira Ribeirão Preto for your support to our school in Brazil. Thanks a lot for everybody that came and supported this seminar!

Vinicius Cruz Camargo

Indonesia 2nd Traditional Aikido Open Koshukai 2016 : Hitohira Saito Soke

Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai Indonesia
2nd Traditional Aikido Open Koshukai 2016 : Hitohira Saito Soke

We are grateful to announce that the event went well and carried successfully. Participant came from Japan, Canada, Hongkong, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Timor Leste along with Indonesian participant from various region. Approximately 112 participants attended the March 12th – 13th 2016 event that took place in Basketball Hall, Senayan Trade Center, Jakarta Pusat.

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This is Saito Sensei’s 2nd Koshukai held in Indonesia (the first one was held in 2013) and we certainly looking forward for more opportunity to practice with Saito Sensei in the future.
The event commenced with solemn ritual for the Kami, O’Sensei, and Morihiro Saito Sensei. It was then continued with brief explanation of Aikido basic stance, stages of waza, and a brief history behind the traditional teaching practiced in Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai.

1st Day Keiko (Session 1 and 2).

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Sensei’s constant emphasize on Kihon Waza marks our 1st day keiko. Staple techniques such as Tai No Henko, Morotetori Kokyunage and Shomenuchi Ikkyo marks the initiation of the highly anticipated event. Sensei gave clear explaination the importance of exploring kihon waza and the connection with advanced waza also with buki waza.

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The keiko was then continued with invigorating 2 version of Roku no Jo Kata: Choku Tsuki and Kaeshi Tsuki, Followed with an Introduction and step by step explanations of Kumi Jo 1 and 2.

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2nd Day Keiko (Session 3 and 4)

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We started the 2nd day practicing sword basic techniques, such as Suburi, Zengogiri, Shihogiri and followed with brief introduction of kumitachi 1 and 2 and various taijutsu. All accompanied with loud yet vigorous Kiai.

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The key message during of the entire event is to always be aware of one’s state of mind by implementing Zanshin during keiko-time and necessity of continuous repetitive practice of kihon. Only through this awareness can one achieve self-improvement in their Aikido journey.

We would like to say thank you to Sensei for his wonderful teaching.

Thank you Sensei, Arigatou Sensei!
Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai Indonesia