Aiki Summer Retreat 2013

Aikido in the Sierras at Feather River College

 

Aikido Summer Retreat 2013
June 23 – 29, 2013
Quincy, California at Feather River College

Click Here for Mini-Retreat Info (June 25 - 29).

Frank Doran Shihan Robert Nadeau Shihan Michael Friedl Sensei Kimberly Richardson Sensei Craig Fife Sensei Greg O'Connor Sensei
Frank Doran Shihan
Aikido West
Robert Nadeau Shihan
City Aikido
Michael Friedl Sensei
Aikido of Ashland
Kimberly Richardson Sensei
Two Cranes Aikido
Craig Fife Sensei
Aikido Northwest
Greg O'Connor Sensei
Aikido Centers of New Jersey

Welcome to Aiki Summer Retreat 2013! Live, train, take meals and relax with fellow aikidoists in the beautiful Sierra Mountains from June 23 - 29. (If you can't attend the entire Retreat, then attend the Mini-Retreat from June 25 - 29. Click here for the Mini-Retreat info.)

Deepen your aikido practice with extraordinary instructors: Michael Friedl Sensei, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, Craig Fife Sensei, Greg O’Connor Sensei. On Thursday and Friday we’ll have special guests: On Thursday, Robert Nadeau Shihan (a direct student of O’Sensei) will teach two classes. On Friday, Frank Doran Shihan will teach two classes.

At Aiki Summer Retreat you will immerse yourself in your study of aikido, reflect on and reaffirm why you train, and nurture the spirit of aikido through community.

Please join us for a wonderful week of aikido training, community and fun!

Registration is Open! Click Here for More Information and to Register!!!

And don't forget to sign up for our free interviews, webinars, aikido videos and more.

Here are some photos of the beautiful place we're holding Aiki Summer Retreat:

 

Our Featured Instructors

 

Frank Doran Shihan

Frank Doran Shihan

Aikido West : Redwood City, CA
Friday, June 28 only

Frank Doran Shihan is internationally respected and one of the most senior of American aikidoists. He is founder and chief instructor of Aikido West in Redwood City, California. Doran Shihan is also a co-founder of the California Aikido Association and continues to be a division head.

Doran Shihan's varied background in the martial arts began with judo in 1955. As a U.S. Marine, he was a hand-to-hand combat instructor and police defensive tactics instructor. He began his aikido training in 1959.

Doran Shihan is a frequent guest instructor at seminars in the U.S. and abroad.

Robert Nadeau Shihan

Robert Nadeau Shihan

City Aikido : San Francisco, CA
Thursday, June 27 only

Robert Nadeau Shihan is a key figure in the growth and development of aikido in America. He is a direct student of aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba. During his years in Japan, Nadeau Shihan received personal instruction from the founder in the spiritual, philosophical and energy aspects of aikido.

Nadeau Shihan began his martial arts training in the 1950's, studying Judo, Karate and defensive tactics as a police officer in Redwood City, California and in the US Marine Corps.

Nadeau Shihan is founder and chief instructor of City Aikido in San Francisco, California. He is also a co-founder of the California Aikido Association and continues to be a division head.

Nadeau Shihan is a frequent guest instructor at seminars in the U.S. and abroad.

Michael Friedl Sensei

Michael Friedl Sensei, 6th Dan

Aikido of Ashland : Ashland, OR

Michael Friedl Sensei is founder and chief instructor of Aikido of Ashland. He is President of the California Aikido Association. Friedl Sensei began his Aikido training in 1972 under Clyde Takeguchi Shihan in Madison, Wisconsin. Friedl Sensei became a live-in student (also known as a uchi deshi) for Takeguchi Sensei from 1975-1977 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1978 Friedl Sensei established a dojo in Burlington, Vermont. He moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1979 and started a small aikido club. Friedl Sensei affiliated with Frank Doran Shihan in 1979 and has been a student of his since that time. Friedl Sensei was uchi deshi for Saito Shihan in Iwama, Japan from 1981-1983. There he studied weapons intensely and the Iwama style of weapons remains a strong influence in his weapons style to this day.

Kimberly Richardson Sensei

Kimberly Richardson Sensei, 6th dan

Two Cranes Aikido : Seattle, WA

Kimberly Richardson is the founder and chief instructor of Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle, Washington where she teaches children, teens and adults. She began her training with Mary Heiny Sensei in 1978 and has studied throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, most notably with Motomichi Anno, Saotome and Ikeda Shihans, Terry Dobson and Tom Read Senseis.  Kimberly received her 6th degree black belt from Mary Heiny Sensei.

In 2008 Kimberly founded a non-profit, TCI, an Institute that provides educational and embodied leadership programs in the Seattle community and beyond. Her goal is to share O Sensei's principles and practices that cultivate peaceful solutions to conflict and encourage nonviolent action.

Additionally, Kimberly has studied Tai Chi Chen for ten years and she is passionate about ballroom dancing. Watching children develop confidence and self-esteem on the Aikido mat is the inspiration for her first book, Gus Learns to Fly.

Craig Fife Sensei

Craig Fife Sensei, 6th dan

Aikido Northwest : Portland, OR

Craig Fife Sensei is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Northwest. Fife Sensei’s Aikido training began in 1973 in Boise, Idaho. Fife Sensei currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt), from the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. This rank was awarded to him by his teacher, Frank Doran Shihan, Nanadan (7th degree black belt), California Aikido Association Division II head and chief instructor of Aikido West.

In addition to Fife Sensei’s personal study of Aikido, he has been actively teaching Aikido since 1980. Fife Sensei has also been a student of Iaido since 1990 and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) from the All United States Kendo Federation. Fife Sensei is a member of the California Aikido Association Teaching Committee.

Greg O'Connor Sensei

Greg O'Connor, 6th dan

Aikido Centers of New Jersey : East Hanover, New Jersey

Greg O'Connor Sensei began his training in traditional Japanese martial arts (Aikido, Karate, Iaido & Kyudo) in 1972 before committing fully to Aikido in 1977. He is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Centers Inc./Aikido Centers of New Jersey with member dojos throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has been a full-time professional Aikido instructor since 1987, devoting all his efforts to the instruction and advancement of Aikido.

O'Connor Sensei is the author of The Aikido Student Handbook and The Elements of Aikido. He leads Aikido workshops and seminars around the U.S. and abroad. O'Connor Sensei currently holding the rank of Rokudan from the Aikikai Foundation/Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo. Additionally, he is accredited by the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission as a Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, a rare honor for a civilian. He is proud to have been introducing Aikido techniques and principles to all evolving levels of law enforcement and security personnel for over thirty years.

O'Connor Sensei delights in being devoted to the wonder and possibilities of Aikido's full spectrum of application.

Guest Instructors

Daily guest instructors will be teaching from the fantastic group of aikidokists attending camp.

Registration is Open! Click Here for More Information!!!

Welcome to Aiki Summer Retreat 2013! Live, train, take meals and relax with fellow aikidoists in the beautiful Sierra Mountains from June 23 - 29. (If you can't attend the entire retreat, then check out the Mini-Retreat from June 25 - 29. Click here for the Mini-Retreat.)

Deepen your aikido practice with extraordinary instructors: Michael Friedl Sensei, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, Craig Fife Sensei, Greg O’Connor Sensei. On Thursday and Friday we’ll have special guests: On Thursday, Robert Nadeau Shihan (a direct student of O’Sensei) will teach two classes. On Friday, Frank Doran Shihan will teach two classes.

At Aiki Summer Retreat you will immerse yourself in your study of aikido, reflect on and reaffirm why you train, and nurture the spirit of aikido through community.

Please join us for a wonderful week of aikido training, community and fun!

Registration is Open! Click Here for More Information and to Register!!!

And don't forget to sign up for our free interviews, webinars, aikido videos and more.

Comments

  1. Bill Perrett says:

    Nice, but how does one sign up? Or is this still a work in progress?

    thanks,
    -mr. bill

    • Hi Bill,

      Registration will open soon. We’re still waiting on a very few particulars from the venue. If you use the link on this page, and fill out the form it takes you to, we’ll tell you as soon as registration is open.

  2. Robin Nichols says:

    Great idea! Thanks for taking this on! I was sad that the aiki retreat might not continue. If I’m able to come, I’ll check in on how I might help out. – Robin

  3. would love to go —

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