TAOS Newsletter-- February 1998
Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 we will have our bi-annual movie night at the dojo. Sonoma State Students will be joining us for a pot luck meal and the dojo's collection of videos. We will be watching the famed "Rendezvous With Adventure" video as well as others spanning much of O-Sensei's life. This is a rare opportunity to watch the master who developed Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, and many of the current Shihan in their younger days. Bring on the popcorn!
TAOS and Aikido Online
The dojo's web page is up and running. For the web-enabled, our address is http://www.traditional-aikido.com/. Thanks to Barry and Alan for the initial work and design, and a special thanks to Craig for uploading, updating, and refining the look and feel. E-mail from the site currently goes to Sid, and we have been getting mail from Europe as well as the US.
If you are looking for other sites of interest on the web, check out the links section, which currently includes a link to Aikiweb, maintained by several of the members of the AIKIDO-L mailing list. This is a loose confederation of approximately 800 Aikidoka located around the globe who discuss items of interest, generate puns, share (and create) rumors, and generally share time and bandwidth. Instructions on how to join the mailing list and links to many other sites can be found through Aikiweb and through the Aikido FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) , which can be accessed at http://www.ii.uib.no/~kjartan/aikidofaq/aikido.html
On April 24, 25, and 26, we will be hosting the second annual Friendship Gasshukku. This is an intense training weekend of hour long sessions conducted by a variety of senseis. This is a wonderful opportunity to train with instructors from Sonoma and all through the Bay Area. Last year's training included several instructors, and provided a delightful opportunity to see different styles and approaches to the art.
Participants at all levels and from all schools are welcome to come and train. It provides an opportunity for practitioners of Aikido from all over the north bay to meet, exchange ideas, train, and enjoy each other's company. Don't miss it! The cost for the training will be $20 per day, or $50 for all three days.
Koga Sensei Workshop--Applied Aikido
March 6, 7, 8, 1998
Koga Sensei brings to the audience his background in Aikido, judo, and police techniques. He studied extensively with Tohei Sensei, who was a student of O-Sensei. This workshop will cover a wide variety of techniques that can be applied quickly for "street use."
Cost for all three days is $90 to the public and $50 to members of Traditional Aikido. Discounts for specific days are also available. Contact Bob Benavides for further details.
Aikido for Business
Can people learn to be more collaborative and effective leaders in their workplaces through developing the capacity to act based on Aikido principles?
Barry Tuchfeld and Jeff Dooley are introducing the relevance of Aikido practices to enhanced workplace leadership, communication, and problem-solving in a series of seminars being developed for business and professional people.
The application of Aikido principles in off-the-mat, workplace situations is becoming increasingly recognized as a potentially powerful, new form of organizational learning. Recent books such as An Unused Intelligence and Leadership Aikido explicitly prescribe Aikido-based exercises for dealing with difficult work and leadership issues. These non-strenuous exercises bring participants to the experience of merging with another's energy through physically moving in connection with the other as an alternative to resisting or giving in. Within the past year the Dialogue Project and the Society for Organizational Learning, both at MIT, have recognized the value of through-the-body learning, based on Aikido principles, and are working to integrate this mode of learning into their various approaches.
Planning for the TAOS seminars began in January with a set of interviews Barry and Jeff conducted with business people in manufacturing, service, health care, and other local and national industries. These conversations are aimed at identifying the most persistent obstacles to individual and organizational effectiveness from the perspective of those interviewed.
Conversations are being developed with Sensei to get his input about designing the Aikido portions of the seminar and identifying parts that he may demonstrate. Likewise, conversations will take place with Noel to arrange times and terms for using the dojo.
To date, Paul Landrum and Sid Simpson have expressed in interest in assisting with the seminars. If you have any insight into how Aikido principles can demonstrate a path toward enhanced leadership and effectiveness at work or are interested in assisting during the seminar, please get in touch with Barry (at 707-570-1937 or email@example.com). If all progresses smoothly, the first seminar will be conducted by the end of Spring, 1998. Watch the TAOS Newsletter for further announcements about the development and scheduling of these seminars.
Who says martial artists don't have a sense of humor? Members of the AIKIDO-L mailing list have been planning to meet in real life and have been running a competition to find a motto. Stewart Kremsky suggested some possibilities:
1. 'Minimum effort, maximum efficiency' - Kenshiro Abbe
TAOS NEWS is a newsletter for Traditional Aikido of Sonoma, 205 Southwest Boulevard, Park, CA 94928. For further information about the dojo, please call us at 795-DOJO (3656). Sensei Dennis Tatoian is a 6th degree black belt instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience. We offer 16 classes per week for adults, plus childrens classes.