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Tendokan news No. 59

Shimizu Sensei’s Seminars Abroad

June 20th - July 2nd Seminar at Herzogenhorn / Germany

The seminar venue is located in Southern Germany in a densely forested area known as ‘ Black Forest ’. A total of 120 students from 1. kyu onward was permitted to participate in this seminar. The participants came from about 10 different countries, from European countries, from America , Jordan etc..

July 3rd - July 4th Munich / Germany

On July 3rd and 4th there were about 130 participants in Munich .

July 8th - July 11th Serbia / Montenegro (the former Yugoslavia )

Novisad, near the capital Belgrade

In spite of the lingering intense heat of 38 degrees participants from all over the country came together. It was when the ambassador of the local Japanese embassy, Tanabe Ryuuichi, paid a visit and watched, while strengthening the friendly contact to Shimizu sensei. This was chosen as a topic and reported by the local newspapers and by the local TV channel.

Furthermore, Shimizu sensei also was invited in a rush to the donation celebration of two ambulance cars, which could be vaunted of their state-of-the-art equipment for medical treatment and which had been donated to the local hospital. The ambulance cars have been part of the Japanese international aid. On this ceremony Shimizu sensei had also a chat with the attending prime minister of the province (that corresponds to a governor of a prefecture in Japan ).

Complete Dojo Redecoration

Unsing the summer holidays the inside of the dojo has been completely redecorated. The objective was, to create `a honbu dojo for the expanding Tendoryu that welcomes guests of honor and students from Japan and from abroad appropriately’.

The familiar low ceiling with reed blinds was replaced by a carpeting of white basic tint, and a spacious and bright atmosphere was created. The wall decoration made of Japanese cedar and the floor made of Japanese cypress are giving off the scent of new lumber.

Additionally the changing rooms for the women and men as well as the entrance area have been renewed.

We will have an Autumn Seminar this year, too

The ‘Autumn Seminar’, which was revived last year, is scheduled this year for November 20th (Sat), 21st (So), and 22nd (Mo). Seminar venue is the hotel Kannon Onsen in Izu / Shimoda (with dojo facility). Last time there were more than 50 participants, Shimizu sensei offered special practice, we could enjoy the autumnal hot springs (onsen), had lots of fun with the ‘table-tennis contest`, and there were many things, we cannot experience during normal classes in the dojo.

Details will follow soon in the dojo.

Procedure for Ticket Purchase for the ‘Friendship Demonstration’ on the Occasion of the 30th anniversary of the First Issue of Aiki News

Shimizu sensei will participate in the ‘Friendship Demonstration’ (as already reported in the previous issue), which will take place for the 7th time under the organization of Aiki News, and the agenda will be as following.

Date/time: November 28th, 2004 (So), opening at 12:00 o’clock , begin at 0:30 p.m., end at 4 p.m.

Venue: Nihon Kyoiku Kaikan, Hitotsubashi Hall (880 seats), Tokyo -to, Chiyoda-ku, Hitotsubashi 2-6-2 , tel: 03-3262-7661

Participating Masters

This is the second appearance of Shimizu sensei since his participation in the second meeting in 1986. The other masters participating this time are as follows (in Japanese alphabetic order).

Inoue Kyoichi Shihan (Head of Yoshinkan Aikido)

Ujiiro Kenji Shihan ( Okinawa Koden Karate Shintoryu)

Kuroda Tessan Shihan (Shinbukan)

Kobayashi Yasuo Shihan (Head of Aikikai Kobayashi Dojo)

Kondo Masanori Shihan (Daitoryu Aiki Jujutsu Shinbukan)

Sasaki Masato Shihan (Head of Aikikai Honbu Dojo)

Mori Shinobu Shihan (Daitoryu Aiki Jujutsu Takumakai)

Ticket Price

3,500 ¥ (tax included), memory brochure included, free choice of seats

Commemoration Party on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the First Issue

The part aims at intermingling of the performing masters, but spectators might also attend. The total number of participants is 150, entrance fee is 5,000 ¥, begin at 4:45 p.m. , length about 2 hours (Hitotsubashi Hall, party room at upper level).

If interested, please order together with the tickets for the demonstration.

Ticket Ordering

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© translated by Birgit Lauenstein and Peter Nawrot 10/2004