Sensei-tional message from YAMADA SENSEI

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and you are all ready for the next season. I'd like to let you know that I will be inactive for the months of September and October. I have decided to have a long rest to refresh my body, to prepare for many more years to come. I'm not ill, so please do not worry. I'm still healthy and strong like a superman.

Y. Yamada

Finally, spring has arrived after a long and bad winter. The bulletin board of the dojo has many flyers of spring seminars all over the country.
As everybody knows already, this year is the 50th anniversary of NYA. Many people are expecting a big celebration. That makes me very happy and I appreciate your concern very much.
I'd like to offer you one big opportunity to celebrate at one time with everybody together, but I found out it is very difficult to get a big place for that in New York City. Instead, the NYA is planning a small celebration on June 7th at the dojo. Everybody is welcome but please do not expect a big event.
So far, at every seminar I went to, people gave me big congratulations and I appreciate it so much. I also appreciated that you gave me so many gifts. But for me, just your thoughts are enough.
Please don't give me things I can give to somebody. Just give me things I can't give to anybody. That is, a big hug from the ladies and a handshake from the guys.
On June 7th, the dojo will open for the party at 4pm. At around 5pm I'd like to make a speech.
I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
Y. Yamada.

A message regarding 2014 from YAMADA SENSEI

Dear Aikido Friends,

The year of 2014 is going to be a big and meaningful year for me. I will be the half-century anniversary of my time in the United States and of the NY Aikikai. I know that neither you nor I want to miss such a great opportunity to have a big party and celebrate together.

I had a few ideas to make this celebration an enjoyable one for everyone.
One idea was to use summer camp for the time and location of the celebration, but unfortunately, that will not work out.It will be impossible to accommodate the many people who might come from all over the world.
My second idea was to have a big seminar in New York City. It seemed like a good idea at the beginning, until we found out that there were no big spaces that could handle such a big crowd and provide us with the services we would need, like changing rooms and showers. There were also safety issues and regulations that both public and private places would impose on us and make the number of people who could participate very limited. I would not want to have many people shut out because of such restrictions. I’m very upset about these circumstances but we really have no choice.
So here is my solution: In 2014, I will still conduct my yearly major seminars so I can see you all. Whenever and wherever you see me, just give me a big hug and warm words.
Anyway, we will have a drinking party at the NY Aikikai sometime in June of 2014 and you will all be welcome to attend. I’ll let you know the exact date later in this year.
Thank you for your understanding, your concern and your wish to help me celebrate.

Y. Yamada











AIKIDO 合気道 SANSUIKAI 山水会 INTERNATIONAL is an association of Yamada Sensei's, Shihan, 8th dan, students around the world

SAN: Mountain. SUI: Water KAI: Association. It's a non profit organization, directly and officially recognized by Aikikai合気会, Tokyo, Japan.

This organization is founded by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan to help and to support the organization or any individual Aikido school who need instruction, any help and advice for their Aikido activity.”
“All the members are under Aikikai Honbu through Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan and affiliated to USAF. Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan has control and responsibility, however all the members are free to voice their requests and opinions

“For more details please contact Victoria Campos at or Noriko Oba at

Yoshimitsu Yamada

Aikido Sansuikai International fue fundada por Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan para ayudar y apoyar organizaciones o escuelas individuales de Aikido que necesiten enseñanza, ayuda y consejos para su actividad de Aikido.”
“Todos los miembros están bajo Aikikai Honbu a través de Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan y afiliados a la USAF. Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan tiene el control y la responsabilidad, sin embargo todos los miembros son libres de hacer oir su voz, sus requerimientos y sus opiniones.”

“Para más detalles por favor contactar a Victoria Campos a - o a Noriko Oba a

Yoshimitsu Yamada

Yamada Sensei is the President and Technical Advisor of Aikido Sansuikai International.

The goal of this organization is to encourage friendship among the members and spread the practice and teaching of Aikido, all under Aikikai regulations and under the spirit of late Aikido's Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei.

Aikikai is under the direction of its current leader, Moriteru Ueshiba, Doshu, grandson of the Founder."

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