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SAITO Hitohira sensei – seminar in Murmansk – 2016.

The world-famous master, Hitohira Saito Shihan, head of the Traditional Aikido school in Japan – visited Murmansk to instruct a seminar. Sensei was invited by the Zapolyarniy fans of martial arts. This seminar was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first aikido clubs in the region. It was the first time that Saito Hitohira Sensei came to Murmansk. The Russian masters recognized and appreciated his high level of training. According to Saito Hitohira Sensei, the purpose of those who decide to study Aikido, is to achieve internal, spiritual purification. For this seminar, there was a participation of Aikido lovers from different Russian cities: Moscow, Saint-Petersburg. Ivanovo, Apatity and Murmansk. [...]

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SAITO Hitohira sensei – International seminar in Rennes. France – Nov.2016.

120 participants joined this fourth international seminar in Rennes. It has been a real pleasure to welcome Sensei and people from many various countries. People from Italy, Germany, Iran, Portugal, Morocco, Belgium, England, Switzerland, United States, Japan and of course France joined this seminar. The visit of Sensei in Rennes, started on Thursday with a great moment as we meet up with a professional sculptor. Sensei was invited to make a “performance” by sculpting a bloc of clay with a theme of his choice. So that the sculptor and Sensei worked on different bloc of clay with a common theme. Sensei realized for his first experience a beautiful sculpture of [...]

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Saito Sensei in the USA – 2016

In keeping with the long tradition of Iwama Aikido in Sonoma County, Dennis Tatoian and Takemusu Aikido of Sonoma (TAOS dojo group) were proud to host Hitohira Saito Soke for another great seminar in late October marking the third annual International Seminar for Aikidoka of all ages and skill levels from around the globe and United States. Keiko this year focused on Bukiwaza and emphasized the importance of serious practice and the fundamental basics of the Aikiken and Aikijo curriculum of O’Sensei’s weapons practice that was codified into a uniform system of training by the great Morihiro Saito Shihan. Sensei was quite gracious in his demeanor and spirits were high [...]

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Sensei at Modena International Seminar – 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”(http://www.srsr.it ), 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 (http://www.grandemilia.it/ita/negozi/) where Sensei was able to see and even [...]

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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 [...]