Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy birthday Scoville Sensei

This past Saturday June 11 was Scoville sensei's birthday Please join us in wish our beloved Chief instructor a very happy birthday. Tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Kunio Yoshimoto Sensei


        On Monday June 6th and Wednesday June 8th, the Nu’uanu Aikido Club will host Kunio Yoshimoto Sensei 7th Dan.  Yoshimoto Sensei  is from Hakone, Shiga, Japan.  He studied under Shoji Nishio Sensei for 40 years.

        Yoshimoto Shihan is traveling with a few students and has been invited to Honolulu to share his Aikido experience with us. There will be no mat fees. We would like to have as many students as possible to share in this training.

        This is an excellent opportunity for all of our Aikido students and instructors in Hawaii. We ask everyone to please share this opportunity.

                                                                                                        Hope to see everyone there,

                                                                                                        Nu’uanu Aikido Club
                                                                                                        Hawaii Aikido Federation

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tohei Koichi

May 19th 2011 five years ago today Koichi Tohei passed away. Tohei Sensei had a very profound influence on Aikido in Hawaii, teaching us to look beyond techniques and into ourselves. Here at the Nuuanu Aikido Club his influence is still felt today within our warm up exercises which where handed down to us from Tohei Sensei himself. In his teaching he said not to criticize others but learn from them, better ourselves and in turn help to further Aikido. Tohei Sensei contributions to our club and Aikido are beyond measure.

"Do not criticize any other martial arts or speak ill of others, as it will surely come back to you. The mountain does not laugh at the river because it is lowly, nor does the river speak ill of the mountain because it can not move" Koichi Tohei

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kunio Yoshimoto Sensei

Join us on June 6th and June 8th, 7.30- 8.30pm, at the Nuuanu Aikido Club.  We'll be hosting Kunio Yoshimoto Sensei, a long time student of Shoji Nishio Sensei, after he completes his seminar at Aiki Kai of Kona. Nuuanu Aikido Club is located at 1441 Pali Hwy. Inside the Nuuanu YMCA there will be no matt fees.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mr. Robert Kubo

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Robert Kubo. He founded both the Kailua Aikido Club and Aikido Hawaii International also a former Nuuanu Aikido Club, in 2015 Kubo Sensei was the third non-Japanese in Hawaii to be awarded his 8th dan from the Akikikai. The passing of Kubo Sensei is a great loss to not only aikido in Hawaii but all of Aikido. The members of the Nuuanu Aikido Club would like to express their deepest condolnces to his Family, Friends, and Students 

kokoro kara okuyami mōshi agemasu

The members of the Nuuanu Aikido Club

*Note Mr. Christopher Li has made this correction.

Mr. Robert Kubo and Mr Donald Moriyama where the first two 8th degree black belts in hawaii not born in Japan as Mr Takaji Ishida was born in Niigata Japan.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Robert Little Sensei 6th dan

On Friday February 5th 2016 Scoville Sensei presented Little Sensei with his 6th dan. The members of the Nuuanu Aikido club would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Little Sensei on this momentous accomplishment.

Little Sensei began his Aikido journey in 1984 at the Nuuanu Aikido clubs Saint Louis dojo, He trained there till 1988 when the schools administration closed the dojo. The following year, September 5th 1988 Yoshioka Sensei open the University of Hawaii Aikido club, Little Sensei was there since the first day. Yoshioka Sensei passed away on January 19th 1990  upon his passing the University Club was left in Little Sensei's capable hands.

Little Sensei still teaches class at the University club Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 am to 7:30am.

Congratulation Sensei
Scoville Sensei (left) Little Sensei (right)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Contestants at the Nuuanu YMCA Aikido Club

     On December 11th 2015, the 64th Cherry Blossom Contestants attended class at the Nuuanu Aikido club as part of their Japanese cultural and heritage training. The Cherry Blossom Festival is organized by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. Each contestant is given the opportunity to attend different Japanese cultural classes and experience the rich heritage of Hawaii. Scoville sensei, head instructor of the Nuuanu Aikido Club, has been sharing the art of Aikido with these young ladies for the last four years.

Before class commenced, contestants learned first about the meaning of 'Aikido'.

  Joining or Unifying
  The combining of the Spirit, Mind, and Body

  The spirit energy that flows through and extends out of our body

  The way or the path
  The course that we as martial artists travel

Scoville Sensei speaks on the meaning of Aikido
    The contestants then moved to the Dojo where the club members assisted them with donning the Dogi (traditional Japanese training uniform) and tying their obi (Belt). Scoville Sensei then led the group through some basic Aikido stretching exercises, designed to limber and strengthen the body for class.

     Following the warm ups, contestants were given instructions on rolling under the close supervision of the instructors to ensure their safety. Contestants are then allowed to try rolling on their own.
Rolling instructions under Scoville Sensei's watchful eye

Contestants rolling 

     The group then moved into Aikido techniques. Sensei would explain and demonstrate each technique before the contestants and club members practiced them. Contestants were exposed to a wide range of techniques- from the basics to the advanced Kotagishi.

Hallam Sensei giving instruction 
Black Belt Ross practicing with contestant 

Club member Yuki (left) practicing Kotigishi with contestant

Contestants practicing together

Scoville Sensei demonstrating with a contestant

HAF University of Hawaii, Assistant instructor Halliday giving tips 

     The class began and ended with courtesy as students paid their respects to O'sensei for his dedication pioneering Aikido and to thank Scoville sensei for his work instructing it.
Students sit seza as class ends

On behalf of Scoville sensei, the Nuuanu Aikido club, and the Hawaii Aikido Federation, we would like to wish all contestants the best of luck in the upcoming competition, gokoun o inorimasu.

For more info on the Cherry Blossom Festival
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