Beginning Aikido Series
Kulshan Aikikai will be holding a Beginning Aikido Series starting on
October 1, 2013 and running through October 31.
Classes will be held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:10PM to 7:10PM and are designed to introduce beginners to the art of Aikido, and prepare them for Aikido training in “All Levels” classes. The introductory sessions focus on: basic body movements (Aiki taiso), proper rolling and falling technique (ukemi), basic Aikido throws and pins (kihon waza), Dojo etiquette, and terminology.
Adult (14 years and up): $75
Adult (14 years and up) with Dogi: $99
WWU / WCC Student: $50
WWU / WCC Student with Dogi: $75
For more information, contact Kulshan Aikikai by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or stop by the dojo and speak to an instructor
Summer Seminar with
Okimura Shihan and Mary Heiny Sensei;
August 23-25, 2013
Zenko Okimura Shihan is the founder and chief Instructor of World Aikido Aikikai Incorporated. Okimura Shihan began his Aikido study in 1963, and received his 1st Dan in 1968 from the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. He currently holds a 7th Dan certified instructors rank. Okimura Shihan has been a Head Aikido Instructor in both Japan and Hawaii. He has taught Aikido in Europe as well as throughout the United States. Okimura Shihan is also a Shingon Buddhist priest and has served under Bishop Eisho Okimura after attaining priesthood at Mt. Koya Monastery in Wakayama, Japan. Okimura Shihan brings great technical and spiritual depth to the study of Aikido. He holds college degrees in Religion and Education. Since 1993, Okimura Shihan has made the ADA Dojo in Delaware his headquarters and home.
For more than forty years, Mary Heiny Sensei has followed a path of physical and spiritual inspiration as a student and teacher of Aikido. She started this journey in 1965 after watching O'Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. The effect of this first encounter has inspired her through long hours of training and study.
After studying at Hombu Dojo from 1968 to 1973 with O'Sensei's direct students and with Hikitsuchi Sensei, 10th dan, in Shingu, Heiny Sensei returned to the United States and began teaching at the University of California in Santa Cruz. In 1976, she went to Seattle and opened Seattle School of Aikido. In 1987-1990 Heiny Sensei worked with the Ottawa Aikikai in Canada, developing the club into a full time dojo. When the school had grown to her satisfaction, she handed it over and embarked on another period of personal training and increased activity in teaching seminars and workshops in Canada, the US, and Europe.
Heiny brings to every class, workshop, and seminar she teaches not only her years of aikido training and teaching, but also her extensive experience and study of Japanese culture, language, Shinto and Buddhist philosophies, and Non-Violent Communication.
The KAI Dojo is located at 13 Prospect St, Ste 100, Bellingham, WA 98225
The Western Washington University Wade King Recreation Center is located at the corner of West College Way and Bill McDonald Pkwy in Bellingham, WA.
Friday, Aug 23
6-7:00 pm - Okimura Shihan
Saturday, August 24
8:00 am Registration Opens
9-10:15 am - Okiumra Shihan (adults and kids)
10:30-11:45 am - Heiney Sensei
Noon-2:00 pm - Lunch
2:15-3:15 - Okimura Shihan
3:30-4:30 - Heiney Sensei
Sunday, May 5
9:00 am Registration Opens
9:15-10:15 am - Heiney Sensei
10:30-11:30 am - Okimura Shihan
11:30-1:30 pm - Lunch
2-3 pm - Heiney Sensei
3:15-4:15 - Okimura Shihan
$135 for Fri-Sun with early registration until August 8th
$100 for Sat-Sun with early registration until August 8th
$60 for Saturday or Sunday only
Pre-register and make payments for the seminar here
10th Anniversary of Kulshan Aikikai
Celebration August 3-5 2012
Grand Opening Celebration Seminar with
Rev. Z. Okimura, 6th Dan, Shihan
Rev. Z. Okimura, Shihan lead our Grand Opening Celebration on November 22, 2008.
Okimura Shihan performed a dojo blessing as well as lead students in a seminar. Approximately 100 people joined in the blessing ceremony ans 22 participated in the seminar (which pretty much packed our somewhat small space). Yudansha traveled from Seattle and Oregon to join in our celebration and it was especially gratifying to have many of the original founding students of Kulshan Aikikai come back and celebrate with us. It was truly a special occasion.
Here's a link to pictures of the celebration
Winter Misogi 2009
Winter Misogi 2007
(Click on image to see rest of pics)
Winter Misogi 2006
Winter Misogi 2005