In 1988, Wolfgang Baumgartner Sensei hosted the senior Iwama-style Aikido instructors in the U.S. for a seminar at the RideOut School in Tahoe City. This is the site where Saito Morihiro Shihan had taught a great U.S. seminar. This seminar has been expanded over the years and has now become the TAA (almost annual) Iwama-Style Memorial Day Weekend Aikido Gasshuku.
This year's invited instructors include:
Bill Witt Shihan - 8th dan
Hans Goto Sensei - 7th Dan
Bernice Tom Sensei - 7th dan
Kim Peuser Sensei - 7th dan
Wolfgang Baumgartner Sensei - 6th DAN
Aviv Goldsmith Sensei - 6th dan
Douglas Dale Sensei - 5th dan
with special guests
Ginny Breeland - 5th dan
Jason Yim - 5h dan
Bruce Mendenhall - 4th dan
Daniel Brasse - 4th dan
The Aikido training alone is worth the trip and a weekend at Lake Tahoe adds to the pleasure and camaraderie. Taijutsu and Bukiwaza (aikiken and aikijo) will be emphasized. A great training event to deepen your practice of Aikido as passed down from the founder through Saito Shihan (and now through his senior students).
More information is at www.gashuku.net
All Aikidoists are welcome.