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Seidokan Aikido Communicator, August 2011 (Part 2)

Seidokan Aikido Communicator, August 2011 (Part 2)

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Published by Sean Leather
Japan 2012, camp insights, new beginnings, interview with Doug Wedell, and promotions.
Japan 2012, camp insights, new beginnings, interview with Doug Wedell, and promotions.

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Summer Camp Japan 2012
We are looking at having Summer Camp in Japan. Hosts Chris Koprowski andDarren Cook are working on putting together information (i.e. prices, schedules).Here is some of the information they have sent to give you an idea of cost andschedules:
We're thinking the first or second week of July (during the week), i.e. July 1st -6nd; July 8th -13th, 2012... depending on facility availability and attendees pref-erence. A short, intensive 3-day/4-night camp with three training sessionsper day (9 sessions total); 30 attendees, shared rooms, training:¥12,600 ($160)per person + transportation, meals, incidentals.Or a longer 5-day/6-night camp with THREE (morning/afternoon/ late afternoon) training sessions on MON, WED, FRI...and two ""free" days (TUES, THURS) to explore Tokyo and outskirts. {The rules say we still need to book an activity each day so we could offer ONE training session Tues/Thurs as "optional" training} (11 sessions); 30attendees, shared rooms, training: ¥18,840 ( $240.00) per person +transportation, meals, incidentals.Training sessions are 10:00 - 12:00; 13:00 - 15:00; 15:30 - 17:30.There doesn't seem to be any evening slots available for reservationOverall cost will depend on what extra activities attendees will participate in,i.e. if they want to stay close to the facility, dine in/out, go traveling, etc.If guests want to take day trips outside of Tokyo, then the costs will increase.
This is only a rough guide and a best 'guestimate' right now.
However we need to know if there is enough interest to pursue having camp inJapan next year.Please email Dr. Mark or Michiyo to share your thoughts (yeah or nah) so thatwe can get an accurate count. If there is not enough commitment, we will lookfor a different location. Please email them at seidokan1981@gmail.comRespectfully submitted: Tammy Kloack
Seidokan Aikido Communicator Part 2
August 2011
Japan 2012
Camp Insights 2
New Beginnings 10
Upcoming Events and Tape
Inside this issue:
Page 2
Reflections on 30 years of Seidokan AikidoBy Doug Wedell
This year‟s camp marked Seidokan Aikido‟s 30th year. Certainly Kobayashi Sensei was smiling 
down on our training as his dream continued to blossom and grow at camp and across ourmany dojos. Like a bamboo forest, the principles and love Sensei shared with us are taking root in thousands of hearts and minds and growing stronger. The Kobayashi family has kept the Seidokan spirit alive, and that spirit was reflected wonderfully in every facet of our camp, onand off the mat. When I asked Sensei long ago what he felt was the most important principle to
 teach students of Aikido, he replied immediately, “respect.” Respect of students and teachers
for each other, and of each of us for our fellow human beings, is at the core of our Aikido train-ing. Respect also reminds us to be humble. When Kobayashi Sensei was introduced to
O‟Sensei, he was amazed that O‟Sensei maintained a low bow, indicating his respect for what
Kobayashi Sensei was doing for Aikido. The spirit of respect and joyful training permeated our time in Michigan and continues in the training in our own dojos. On the anniversary of these 30years of Seidokan, we can bow low to Sensei, to the Kobayashi family, to the teachers and stu-dents alike, and be assured that the next 30 years will continue our growth in the principles.Domo Arigato Gozai MashitaMy thoughts from GeorgiaBy Steve Bessonny, Seiwa Dojo (from Atlanta)I began practicing at Seiwa Dojo under Dr. Crapo sensei and Janean sensei. After an amazing 10 years, I was forced to leave the dojo when my family and I relocated from Michigan to Atlan- ta. For the past year, I have practiced at several different dojo, but have not found a place tocall home. I have stayed in touch with Dr. Crapo sensei and he has repeatedly asked me when Iwas going to open a Seidokan dojo in the Atlanta area. I believe camp was the motivating sparkI needed to begin the process of opening a dojo. Doug Wedell sensei was also very encouraging.I will keep all up to date as I work to make this a reality.Thanks to all for a great camp.
Seidokan Aikido Volume 1, Issue 4
Page 3
Seidokan Aikido‟s Thirtieth Year, My First Summer Camp
 By Andrew Graczyk, South CarolinaI spent a great deal more time trying to write this article than I would be comfortable admitting. It wasnot because of any lack of material or ideas from which to draw; I learned many things from manypeople and could go on for hours about what happened at the camp, the insightful comments given to me by various instructors (Larry Wadahara and Dr. Steve McAdam would have had every right to besick of my questions by the end of the weekend), the wonderful seminars, and the sense of camara-
derie both on and off the mat. What held up my article‟s progress was actually my desire to encapsu-
late the feeling of all those experiences in some meaningful way that also did not rival War and Peacein its word count. I worried that I would not do justice to the summer camp as an event or SeidokanAikido as an entity, or that my comments, being those of someone who has only practiced Aikido forfour years and has only just been awarded the rank of Nikkyu, would lack any meaningful insight into the events of the weekend. For hours I wracked my brain and struggled to find the perfect angle andspecific topic within the greater scope of Seidokan Aikido and the summer camp for which I couldwrite an article that would contain some reflection worth reading.So determined and single-minded was I in this goal I had created for this article that I did not see how the very single-minded determination that was driving me was also preventing me from ever reallyaccomplishing the goal I had set for myself. On the morning of July twenty-second I laughed aloud inan empty room, not because of some deteriorating mental state but because in an instant I realized the irony of spending hours struggling to come up with and write about some perfect topic for a Sei-dokan Aikido summer camp. In struggling to find such a topic, in trying to tailor the interpretation of my own experiences to some conception I have of what other people will find useful or interesting, Idisregarded literally everything Aikido and my instructor (Dr. Doug Wedell) have taught me over thelast four years. Yes, my experiences at the summer camp were those of a relatively inexperienced follower of our art,
but that does not mean they could not prove useful to someone. Many people‟s insights contain simi-
lar messages, but the differences in how they are expressed can make all the difference in a listen-
er‟s (or reader‟s) understanding. In attempting to write the paper I repeated the most dire mistakes I
often make in Aikido: I tried to force something to move in the way I thought it should, I did not har-monize with the intentions of the communicator itself, I treated the article as an adversary, and, lastbut certainly not least, I refused to relax. Before I realized the irony in my methods for writing the arti-cle I had decided to attempt demonstrate through anecdotes how my experiences at the summercamp not only taught me important lessons in Aikido, but also reminded me how much more I have tolearn. In one final ironic twist I suppose my experience just while writing this article has demonstrat-ed the same thing, though certainly not how I expected.This article I wrote in twenty minutes. I did not struggle to find the perfect topic and I did not worryabout whether or not anyone would find it insightful, only whether or not it was what I felt I shouldwrite. This experience showed me that, while the summer camp can provide instruction from and in-
 teraction with many great people, such interaction is not always necessary to reveal mistakes in one‟s
practice of Aikido. In Seidokan we believe that anyone can reveal something important about the art,and maybe sometimes you reveal those things to yourself, if only accidentally. That being said, Iwould like to express my gratitude to all of those who have instructed me, and by that I mean all those with whom I have ever practiced, because without you I would never have been able to learn.
Seidokan Aikido Volume 1, Issue 4

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