“Your potential for personal growth through Aikido is far greater than you think!”
Sometimes we need a reminder about why we began aikido and where we are headed at this stage of our practice. We may have begun our journey to learn self-defense, improve health, find a good support group, or a variety of other reasons. Probably, our reasons have evolved over time and become more focused.
I would like to share with you the important parts of my personal odyssey in Aikido that began 50 years ago. The techniques and philosophy of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba have always been the guiding light of my own training, and I continue, still now, to draw inspiration from the Founder’s enlightened example.
Permit me to cordially invite you to join me on November 2-4 in Las Vegas, Nevada for a very special weekend. I will be conducting weekend seminars–the first of a kind–whose theme will be “Exploring Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei’s Aikido.” During the weekend, we will spend quality time together in a private dojo setting with a limited number of attendees. I would like to explore with you what I consider to be the central points of Morihei Ueshiba’s aikido that have been largely lost in today’s practice. If you wish to have a preview of what the seminar content will cover, I refer you to my article “Exploring the Founder’s Aikido” where I discuss my views and offer supporting documentation.
The Las Vegas seminar will be a special event with an intimate format. I look forward to spending many hours training and conversing with the participants and am sure that this experience will be life-changing for all of us. We are in a position to offer very affordable accommodations for most of the seminar participants to keep costs to a minimum. Since the dojo is limited in size, I would encourage you to reserve a place early if you are certain you would like to attend. When the seminars fill up, we will make an announcement to this effect on the website. The link to make your reservation is below.
Dates: November 2-4, 2012 (indicate your choice when registering)
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Theme: “Exploring Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei’s Aikido”
Instructor: Stanley Pranin
Limited participation on a first-come, first-served basis
Event Schedule (subject to change)
- Check-in – 6:00 pm
- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
- Informal group chat
- Morning Session: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
- (Lunch break)
- Afternoon Session: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Q & A period: 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
- Dinner party: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
- 9:30 am – 10:30am
- 10:45 am – 11:45 am
- Informal group chat
- Pick-up gift pack / Departure
Stanley Pranin Bio
Stanley Pranin began aikido in 1962 in a Yoshinkan Aikido dojo. After a few months, he joined an Aikikai group learning from instructors trained by Koichi Tohei, from whom he received his shodan and nidan rankings. Pranin relocated to Japan in 1977 where he lived for 20 years. He studied in Iwama under Morihiro Saito for several years, and accompanied Saito Sensei during the 1980s as his interpreter to the USA, Canada, and numerous European countries.
In 1974, Pranin began a newsletter called “Aiki News,” which later was renamed as “Aikido Journal.” The successor of this publication continues today on the Internet as the “Aikido Journal” suite of websites. Pranin has published hundreds of articles, interviews, books, and videos during his career as an aikido journalist/historian. He is the organizer of the trail-blazing Aiki Expo events held in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Pranin brings with him 50 years of aikido training and teaching experience, and a vast knowledge of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and the history of the art.
Suggested reading: “Exploring the Founder’s Aikido” by Stanley Pranin.
Those making reservations will be sent detailed information concerning the location of the event, optional accommodations for attendees, and notification of the deadline for payment of the balance of the seminar tuition.