News and Events

Barracks Row

posted Sep 22, 2014, 3:09 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 3:10 PM ]

Join us this coming Saturday (September 27) at the Barracks Row Street festival in Washington, DC. The festival runs from 10:00 to 5:00 pm and is located on 8th Street SE south of Pennsylvania Ave (near the Eastern Market Metro station). Same as last year, we will have a booth and do some Aikido demonstrations throughout the day.

Additionally, this year we'll be on the main stage at 10:45 AM!

If you have a chance, stop by and visit us.

USAF Summer Camp

posted Aug 16, 2014, 8:25 AM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 8:25 AM ]

Every year the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) runs a week long series of seminars called Summer Camp.  Since Capitol Hill Aikikai recently affiliated with the USAF, many of us decided to attend.  This year, in particular, was special as it was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York Aikikai led by Yamada Sensei, a direct student of O-Sensei and the President of the USAF.  Summer Camp was packed with aikido classes from morning to evening (even 6 AM classes for early birds!) and we all were able to get a lot of practice in, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones.  We'll be looking forward to next year!

Capitol Hill Aikikai at USAF Summer Camp
Capitol Hill Aikikai at the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) Summer Camp in New Jersey.

Capitol Hill Guide

posted May 22, 2014, 4:19 AM by Edward Borrego   [ updated May 22, 2014, 4:19 AM ]

Did you get your copy of the 2014 Fagon Community Guide for Capitol Hill?  You may have noticed some photos of us from the 2013 Barracks Row Festival in the Health & Fitness section!

 Capitol Hill Aikikai at the Barracks Row 2013 Festival 
Handing out fliers at the Barracks Row 2013 Festival
Michael Martin Sensei giving a demonstration.Meipo Martin Sensei is obviously pleased with the result.
Photo Credits: Andrew Lightman, Posted with Permission


Best of DC

posted Apr 22, 2014, 3:12 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 3:12 PM ]

Congratulations Capitol Hill Aikikai! We were voted one of the Best Martial Arts Classes for 2014 in the Washington City Paper's Reader's Choice category! Thank you to everyone who voted for us, but most of all thank you to everyone who makes Capitol Hill Aikikai the dojo that it is!
Best of DC 2014 Readers' Choice Runner Up: Capitol Hill Aikikai

2014 Seminars

posted Mar 2, 2014, 12:04 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 8:28 AM ]

Seminar season is once again approaching!  Attending seminars is a good way to check the status of your aikido, plus see something new and different from your regular practice. Too many seminars are being held to list them individually on this webpage; below are some of the major events for 2014 in chronological order:

Date
Seminar
For More Information
 March 14-15
 Peter and Penny Bernath at Southern Maryland Aikido Center
http://smdaikido.com/
 July 27-August 2
 USAF Summer Camp
http://usafsummercamp.com/information.php
 August 23 5th Anniversary of the Aikido Center of DoverFlier on Aikido Center of Dover's Website

Note: We will continue to update this listing throughout the season.

Thursday Schedule Change

posted Feb 17, 2014, 2:32 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 2:32 PM ]

The dojo held our annual meeting in January, and due to enthusiasm for more practice we decided to extend our Thursday schedule!
 
Monday practice will continue to be one continuous class from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. However, the first Monday of each month will no longer be a weapons class.
 
Thursday practice will change to two separate classes. The first class will be from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, and the second from 8:05 pm - 9:00 pm. The second class on the first and third Thursday of each month will become weapons classes. You may attend either class or both on Thursday.  In order to start the first class on time on Thursdays, we request people arrive by 6:45 pm to assist with set up.

As always, classes are open for anyone to attend, so if you've been thinking about trying out Aikido stop by and watch or try a class!

Congratulations

posted Nov 4, 2013, 7:51 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 7:52 PM ]

Congratulations to our co-instructor, Meipo Martin, on achieving the rank of Yondan (4th dan)!  Testing was held at Capital Aikikai on October 19 and was overseen by Clyde Takeguchi, shihan.  We are all extremely happy for her great achievement!

Meipo's Test


DiAnne Shihan Seminar

posted May 15, 2013, 3:53 AM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Jun 29, 2013, 3:30 AM ]

We are happy to announce our 1st seminar featuring Lorraine DiAnne Sensei! DiAnne Sensei, 6th dan, shihan, is the chief instructor of Westside Aikido in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Pre-Registration is Closed.  Registration will be open before practice on Saturday and Sunday.

When: June 29 - 30

 Saturday Schedule
 Sunday Schedule
 10:00-11:00  General Practice
 10:00-11:15  General Practice
 11:15-12:15  Weapons Practice
 11:30-12:45  Weapons Practice
 12:15-2:00  Lunch Break
   
 2:00-3:00  General Practice
   
 3:15-4:15  Weapons Practice
   
 4:30-5:30  General Practice
   

Fees:
Both Days $95 ($80 if pre-registered), Saturday Only $70 ($60 if pre-registered), and Sunday Only $35 ($30 if pre-registered)

Where: Multipurpose Room in the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
University Entrance: 800 Florida Ave NE


Metrorail
Gallaudet University is a short walk from the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro stop on the Red Line.

Metrobus
The 90 and 92 lines run to NoMa-Gallaudet as well as Florida & 7th Street, near the university. 
Click Here for timetables.

Driving
Click Here for Driving Directions to Gallaudet University
Parking is available behind the Field House.

All levels of experience and styles are welcome! 
Please bring your own bokken and jo to participate in the weapons classes.
 
Lorraine DiAnne Sensei

"DiAnne Sensei has been doing aikido for over 40 years. She first studied with Tai Unno at University of Massachusetts in 1970. and later trained under Mitsunari Kanai and Yoshimitsu Yamada Senseis. She traveled to Japan in 1976 for training at Aikikai Hombu Dojo where also received private training from Kazuo Chiba. She returned to the U. S. in 1979 and opened Amherst Aikikai with Paul Sylvain. She was invited to become chief instructor of Aikido of Berkeley in 1985 to replace the late Steve Sasaki. She returned to the eastern U. S. in 1987 and opened her own dojo, Westside Aikido, in Springfield, Massachusetts in October of 1988. She is a member of U.S. Aikido Federation Western Region teaching committee and also holds a 6th dan in Iaido.

"When you take ukemi for somebody, you have to attack them for real. And when you attack somebody, you give your life. It's like you forget about holding back anything, it's just about you and your giving."

--- Lorraine DiAnne Sensei


2013 Seminars

posted Feb 27, 2013, 6:27 PM by Mike Martin   [ updated May 15, 2013, 4:03 AM ]


As we move into Spring, aikido seminar season is once again arriving!  Attending seminars is a good way to check the status of your aikido, plus see something new and different from your regular practice. Too many seminars are being held to list them individually on this webpage; below are some of the major events for 2013 in chronological order:


Date
Seminar
For More Information
 April 12-14
 Henry Kono Sensei in Winchester, Virginia
 Contact Col. McManaway at (540) 622-4967
 More Details: Kono_2013 seminar.docx
 April 26-28
 Nadeau Shihan at Capital Aikikai
http://www.capitalaikikai.org/events.html
 May 31-June 2
 Mike Friedl Sensei at Capital Aikikai
http://www.capitalaikikai.org/events.html
 June 29-30
 Lorraine DiAnne Sensei at Capitol Hill Aikikai
DiAnne Shihan Seminar
 Nov. 1-3
 Endo Shihan at Capital Aikikai
 http://www.capitalaikikai.org/events.html

Seminar Season

posted Mar 11, 2012, 8:07 AM by Mike Martin   [ updated Apr 29, 2012, 3:18 PM ]

With the end of winter approaching and the return of warmer weather, the aikido seminar season has arrived. Almost every weekend this spring and summer, some organization or dojo is holding an aikido seminar. Attending seminars is a good way to check the status of your aikido, plus see something new and different from your regular practice. Too many seminars are being held to list them individually on this webpage; below are some of the major events for 2012 in chronological order:

Date
Seminar
For More Information
 April 6-8
 Endo Sensei in Toronto, Canada
 Contact Greg Angus (416-471-5976; GregZanin@aol.com)
 April 9-11
 Endo Sensei in Montreal, Canada
 Contact Greg Angus (416-471-5976; GregZanin@aol.com)
 May 11-13
 NEW!
 Henry Kono Sensei in Winchester, Virginia
 http://www.capitalaikido.org/pdf/Kono2012Seminar.pdf
 June 8-13
 Birankai Summer Camp at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY;
 Instructors: Chiba Sensei, Miyamoto Sensei, Yamada Sensei
 http://www.birankai.org/summercamp/
 July 27-29
 Capital Aikido Federation Gasshuku, Location TBD
 http://www.capitalaikikai.org/events.html
 July 29-August 4
 USAF Summer Camp in Galloway, New Jersey;
 Instructors: Osawa Sensei and Yamada Sensei
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/USAF-Summer-Camp/260768710114
 November 2-4
 Endo Sensei in Washington, DC; Location TBD
 http://www.capitalaikikai.org/events.html

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