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Dave Dewberry

May 27, 2021, 1:23:48 AM5/27/21
to Forest Grove Aikido

For all BNA members - estimated 2 minute read.

Aikido News

 Brief format - estimated 2 minute read.
Coming up in June
June 5th we commemorate the passing of Chiba Sensei. This year members of the Birankai North America (BNA) Senior Council plan to host a Zoom event on Saturday June 5 at 3pm PT/ 6pm ET. Details forthcoming.

Annual Report:
The new Birankai North America (BNA) annual report will soon be published on our website, birankai.org. Look for it under the "About" menu heading in June.

Medical Director's update:
Don McKay, our BNA Medical Director has been working throughout the pandemic to provide useful information to the Senior Council, the BNA Communications Team and regular updates to Chief Instructors. Periodically he publishes an update to his public blog, accessible from the homepage of our website, birankai.org. Look for a new update, soon to be published in June.


Did you know?

Power and Grace - Portrait of a Master: T.K. Chiba

This beautifully crafted digital product is a collaboration between BNA and Aikido Journal. In the making for over a year, Power and Grace was officially released in May. It's affordably priced at $79.

Once purchased you can access the content via your web browser or through the Kajabi app. Video content was carefully selected and curated so that you may trace Chiba Sensei's evolution over time. For example in one module, Sensei's demonstrations of shihonage across decades are carefully assembled for ease of comparison and study. Written copy was meticulously proofread and audio transcribed with the help of our own BNA shihan.  It is structured as an online course with 23 modules and it includes over 3.5 hours of video.

If you have not yet purchased the "course," please click through our own BNA store "Living Well Aikido Store." The product is featured prominently on the home page: https://www.livingwellaikidostore.com/

Kajabi screenshot of the course "Power and Grace..."

Resources on our Website

Visit birankai.org regularly:

BNA Social Media Team

Hello from the social media team. We’ve been enjoying highlighting instructors and boosting dojo posts on the BNA Facebook and Instagram feeds. The hope is to help new members become more familiar with our organization and to help ongoing members remember that their community at large is still out there practicing hard. Between instructor and dojo posts, we’ve been focusing a lot on promoting the new course  "Power and Grace - T.K. Chiba Portrait of a Master." 

Tag you're it! We’re hoping for more participation in hash tagging (#birankaina) and tagging (@birankaina) our Facebook page. Including "@birankaina" in your own dojo's posts will link to our page and give us the chance to repost your media, effectively sharing it with the broader community.  By adding a,"#birankaina" hashtag to your posts, we increase visibility online, so please consider tagging us on social media posts.

The BNA Social Media Team strives to nurture connection among Birankai North America dojos and among individual members all across our global community. We post regularly to
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BirankaiNA/
and Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/BirankaiNA/

Upcoming Events


The BNA events calendar is becoming active again. Check for upcoming seminars on our embedded Google calendar on the events page: https://birankai.org/events/ 

Here are a few of the upcoming seminars scheduled across our community:

27-29, 2021: Aikido in the Natural World. Classes to be led by Shihan and Shidoin of the BNA Northwest region. Venue is Ancient Arts Center, Alsea Oregon. For details contact:

8-10: Living Well Aikido is proud to host the OTC Fall Seminar in Oklahoma City. Please contact Read Omohundro for RSVP and additional details, read.om...@gmail.com

8-10: Eugene Aikikai hosts J.D. Sandoval Sensei, Eugene Oregon

15-17: Huron Valley Aikikai hosts a seminar, Ann Arbor Michigan

12-14: Alameda Aikikai 30 year anniversary seminar, Alameda California

2022: Summer Camp planning is underway!



In the last newsletter we erroneously identified Desert Aikikai's location as Phoenix AZ.
In fact, Desert Aikikai is located in Mesa Arizona. We apologize for the error. 

If you ever identify errors in our newsletter, please send corrections to Birank...@gmail.com

Thank you!

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