Doshu in California: Photo Journal Part 2

On September 6-8, Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba visited California to lead a seminar organized by the California Aikido Association. Over 750 aikido practitioners gathered from around the world for this historic event.  This is part two of a two part photo journal. Part one is here

Photos by Anne Lee, © Aikido Journal.

San Mateo Event Center – a great venue for the seminar. No Aikido dojo in the US can accommodate 750 people on the mat at once.
Hundreds bowing in to begin their practice with the Doshu.
Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba
Doshu leads a warm-up
Kei Izawa: warming up with seminar participants before taking on the role of translator for Doshu during the training session.

Moriteru Ueshiba with Terumasa Hino
A study in Iriminage

The event’s other official photographer capturing the action.

Iriminage: Moriteru Ueshiba
Iriminage: Julie “Jet”Tollen

Iriminage: Elise Bauer

Iriminage: Lester Sapitula
Iriminage: Bernice Tom

Christine Wong and Patricia Hendricks

Patricia Hendricks, Wilko Vriesman, and Josh Gold

Don Ellingsworth and Haruo Matsuoka
Moriteru Ueshiba and Terumasa Hino prepare for a hamni-handachi demonstration.

Closing out the final training session of the seminar.

Kayla Feder grabs Josh for some training after the seminar.
Kayla Feder and Josh Gold- connected only digitally before, this was their first time meeting in person and training together.

Robert Nadeau and Jim Alvarez
11,000 square feet of mat space to disassemble. The California Aikido Association’s seminar operations team was exemplary. A thoughtfully designed and well executed event.

Akemi Maniwa and Noah Levine, reflecting on the event.

Josh Gold

Executive Editor of Aikido Journal, CEO of Budo Accelerator, and co-founder of Ikazuchi Dojo.

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