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Best of DC

posted by Edward Borrego   [ updated ]

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 Mar 2, 2014, 12:04 PM ]

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

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

Intro Classes

posted Feb 7, 2012, 4:37 PM by Mike Martin   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 4:44 PM ]

If you have ever thought about trying Aikido, join us in March for a Four-Week Introduction to Aikido course.  Each Thursday, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, we will cover the basics and help you discover if Aikido is right for you.  Additionally, you can stay and watch our regular Aikido class immediately following from 8:00 to 9:00 PM.

When: March 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Where: Upper Parish Hall of St. Monica & St. James Church at 222 8th Street NE.  Detailed Directions
Cost: Just $40 for all 4 classes!

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Travels to Hong Kong

posted Nov 27, 2011, 7:01 AM by Mike Martin

On November 4-6, 2011, a delegation from Capitol Hill Aikikai attended the Hong Kong Aikido Association's 40th anniversary seminar in Hong Kong. Among the 10 guest instructors for the seminar were Waka Sensei from Hombu Dojo, Somemiya Sensei from Hombu Dojo, Fukakusa Sensei from Thailand, Minegishi Sensei from Guam, and Ng Sensei from Singapore.

Capitol Hill Aikikai at the Hong Kong Aikido Association 40th Anniversary Seminar
Pictured from Left to Right: Joe, Edward, Mike, Meipo, and Liz.

Festivals

posted Sep 10, 2011, 2:29 PM by Mike Martin   [ updated Sep 10, 2011, 2:35 PM ]

Over the next two weekends, Capitol Hill Aikikai will have an informational booth at local street festivals. 

The first is the H Street Festival from Noon to 7 PM, Saturday, September 17. For more information about the festival, see its website:

The second is the Barracks Row / 8th Street Festival to be held from 11 AM to 5 PM, Saturday, September 24. Its website is: 
Members of Capitol Hill Aikikai will be at the booth to answer your questions about aikido and our dojo. Please stop by to see us, and to enjoy the street festivals!

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