Chicago Aikikai received a warm reception for its two demos at this year’s Ginza Holiday Japanese cultural festival held by Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. The weekend overall was reportedly a big success for the temple, which is good news as it is their major annual fundraiser and they have not held it since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Aikikai members who participated or were in attendance had the opportunity to enjoy the food, as well as purchase some of the Japanese arts and crafts for sale. [Read more…] about Images from Ginza Holiday Festival 2023
“July 30 Future Leaders seminar update!
Due to a family situation Qin Coe Sensei will unfortunately not be able to join us. Instead, also from the Chicago Aikikai and ASU, Patrick Miller Sensei will be our lead-off instructor at the event July 30. [Read more…] about Change in Instructors at Future Leaders Seminar Series Midwest
Chicago Aikikai member Qin Zheng Coe recently spoke with author, coach and speaker Barbara Bray on Bray’s podcast Rethinking Learning. In “Episode #146: Unlocking Potential and Igniting Positive Changes with Qin Coe“, Qin talks about her life, moving to Chicago, training in aikido, and her work as a mentor and coach.
Chicago Aikikai member Qin Zheng Coe (2nd dan) will be one of the featured instructors at Future Leaders Seminar Series- Midwest sponsored by Aikido Shimbokukai. The seminar will feature four instructors from a variety of lineages and affiliations, each teaching one class. In addition to Qin Zheng Coe, the instructors are:
Michael Lynch Sensei, 2 Dan, Kenosha Aikikai, United States Aikido Federation
Al Sindaravicius Sensei, 3 Dan, Great Lakes Aikido, Aikido Shimbokukai
Gracia Watson Sensei, 2 Dan, Prairie Aikikai, Aikido Shimbokukai
The seminar will be held July 30, 2023, 9:30 am-1:30 pm (CST) at Great Lakes Aikido, 150 Fairway Drive, Suite 156, Vernon Hills, IL and also be live streamed.