Tostared Aikikai Celebrates its 5th Year Anniversary!

with Special Guest Instructor
Rev. Zenko N. Okimura
7th Dan, Shihan
January 28-29, 2017
Borås Aikidoklubb, Borås

Autobiography of the Reverend Zenko N. Okimura, 7th Dan Aikikai Yudansha

Okimura Shihan was born in Iwakuni, Japan and is the eldest son of the late Archbishop Eisho and Mrs. Miyako Okimura. After O’Sensei established Aikido in 1940 Japan, the only visit abroad was to Hawaii in 1961. During this historic visit he invited Grandfather Bishop Kakuo Okimura to an Aikido demonstration. Aikido then was still a very new martial art, and known about only in certain circles of people. At age 9, Okimura Shihan went along with his grandfather to witness the Budo of O’Sensei; this demonstration became his blessed initiation to Aikido from O’Sensei. In 1963, addressed then as Waka Sensei, Doshu Kisshomaru visited Hawaii for the first time to celebrate the 10 years of Aikido in Hawaii. Shortly thereafter in 1963, Okimura Shihan began his Aikido study under R. M. Hirao Shihan in Hawaii at Koboji Aikido, a dojo of Hawaii AikiKai under Chief Instructor Yukiso Yamamoto Shihan. Koboji Aikido dojo was on the family premises of the Koboji Temple, and the resident priests were Okimura Shihan’s grandfather and father. Okimura Shihan at the age of 16 received his Shodan in 1968 from the Aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba. After obtaining Shodan, Okimura Shihan began saving funds to visit O’Sensei at Hombu Dojo to pay personal gratitude for being accepted as a student under O’Sensei, but unfortunately O’Sensei passed away April 26, 1969, never the less continued to save funds for travels to Hombu Dojo.

In the meanwhile, as an Aikikai Yudansha, Okimura Shihan assisted Hirao Shihan by leading adult classes and initiated a youth class at Koboji Aikido. Okimura Shihan received his Nidan in 1971 conferred by Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, son of the Aikido founder. In 1971, introduced Aikido to troubled youths at the Kalakaua Recreation Center. In1972, at the Leeward Community College, introduced Aikido as a non-credit class. In 1974, taught Aikido classes at the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus.

The year 1974 was a torment period for Aikido in Hawaii, when an official visit by Doshu Kisshomaru and an unexpected attendance by Koichi Tohei Sensei collided at the same venue in Hawaii. Okimura Shihan received his Sandan in 1975, under Hawaii Aiki Kai Chief Instructor Sadao Yoshioka Shihan, conferred by Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. In the summer of 1975 visits the Aikido World Headquarters in Shinjuku, and Doshu Kisshomaru appointed Seijuro Masuda Shihan to be his guardian advisor; and his surprise first meeting that summer with the then Waka Sensei, Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the founder. During the summer of 1977, Okimura Shihan was personal escort to the present Doshu Moriteru on his first visit to Hawaii, and in celebration ofthe 20th Anniversary of Hawaii Aiki Kai. The present Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and Okimura Shihan studied under Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba at Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo. Other influential teachers during his study at Hombu Dojo were Kissaburo Osawa Shihan, Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan, Shigenobu Okumura Shihan, Masando Sasaki Shihan, Hiroshi Tada Shihan, Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, Norihiko Ichihashi Shihan, Masatake Fujita Shihan, Nobuyuki Watanabe Shihan, and Seishiro Endo Shihan. Every April, memorial visit to Iwama Aiki Shrine and meeting with Morihiro Saito Shihan at Iwama dojo was made. During the few times Saito Shihan and, as well as, when Shoji Nishio Shihan visited Hawaii, Okimura Shihan received instructions from them, and it was enjoyable to directly train in their respected dojos in Japan. During the fall of 1978, assisted Kazuo Chiba Shihan with activities for the Second International Aikido Federation Congress held in Hawaii.

Okimura Shihan received his Yondan at the 1981 Hombu Dojo Kagami Biraki from Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba before entering the Mount Koyasan Monastery, headquarters of the Shingon Buddhism in Wakayama Japan, in March of 1981. In September 1983, receives appointment as resident priest of Konshoin Temple, and as head instructor position of Busshinkai Aikido dojo in Iwakuni Japan. In October 1983, Okimura Shihan was able to establish another dojo in Iwakuni under the direction of Hombu Dojo-cho Kissaburo Osawa, the dojo was given the name Shobukan. The Aikido Kids at Shobukan dojo was introduced to Yujin, a Shiba Inu, the mascot of the children’s program and trusted companion to Okimura Shihan until Yujin died in September 2000. While in Iwakuni, every summer he took a group of students to study with Doshu Kisshomaru at Hombu Dojo, and held a special dinner feast with the then Waka Sensei, Doshu Moriteru. Okimura Shihan received his Godan at the 1986 Hombu Dojo Kagami Biraki from Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba.

In the summer of 1986, returned to Hawaii and served under the late Archbishop Eisho Okimura after receiving appointment from Koyasan Kongobuji Headquarters to the Henjoji Temple in Honomu, Hawaii. While on the Big Island, he also served as Chief Instructor of the Hawaii Island Aikido Federation, appointed by Hawaii Aiki Kai Chief Instructor, R. H. Aoyagi Shihan. Okimura Shihan ventured cross country from California to the US East Coast in 1988, initially to Baltimore, Maryland, and stayed with former Iwakuni student, John Johnston and his wife. In late February 1988, attended a seminar taught by Morihiro Saito Shihan in New Jersey and friend Stan Pranin translated for Saito Shihan. Okimura Shihan assisted with Aikido instructions in Baltimore at a dojo under the direction of Mitsugu Saotome Shihan. When Mitsugu Saotome Shihan invited Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Hayato Osawa Shihan to Washington D.C. in 1989, Okimura Shihan visited with them during their short stay. Then in 1991, moved to Newark, Delaware where he has built the first traditional Aikido dojo in the State and became its first resident Shidoin. In1996, received his 6th Dan and Shihan certified instructor title at Hombu Dojo Kagami Biraki from Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. January of 1999, Okimura Shihan attends the funeral services of Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba in Tokyo, and was honored to drape Royal Hawaiian flower lei at the altar. In the year 2000, attended the inaugurate ceremony and banquet in Shinjuku for Moriteru Ueshiba to his position as the third Doshu.

Okimura Shihan is the Founder and Chief Instructor of the World Aikido Aikikai Incorporated, established in March 2003. The WAAI organization has affiliate dojo members throughout the United States and Internationally. WAAI is defined with two kanji, WA is peace and AI is love; the Aikido members whom “Embrace Peace”. In 2007, Okimura Shihan with his WAAI members, coordinated efforts to celebrate the Hawaii Aiki Kai 50th Anniversary since it was established on 23rd October 1957. The anniversary celebration seminar and banquet was held in beautiful Hawaii October weather.

Okimura Shihan currently holds Yudansha grade rank as a 7th Dan Shihan Certified Instructor. In March 2009, Doshu Moriteru personally presented Okimura Shihan his certificate at the Ueshiba Family home residence in Shinjuku, Tokyo. In 2011, the Hawaii Aikido members coordinated efforts to celebrate the 50th year since O’Sensei visited Hawaii, in 1961, with the honored presence of Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and his son, Waka Sensei, Mitsuteru Ueshiba. The WAAI Family dojo membership attendance was the largest from outside of Hawaii. The celebration brought more than 500 practitioners together to honor O’Sensei's Aikido gift and in support of the Ueshiba Family and the perpetuity ofAikido. A special oil painting of O’Sensei on a Royal Hawaiian canoe was presented to Doshu Moriteru and Waka Sensei from WAAI, personally by Okimura Shihan and Zohreh Sensei in their hotel suite. Okimura Shihan holds college degrees in Education and Religion.

SEK1000 for full seminar or SEK700 for one day Adult
SEK500 for full seminar or SEK300 for one day children over 13

Please pay in advance by using our Bankgiro account. Please include your name, your dojo's name, and SHIHAN17 with your payment.

Bankgiro# 778-1271

Saturday, 28th, January
10.00-12.00 Träning
12.00-13.30 Lunch
13.30-16.00 Träning
18.00-? Supper with Shihan in Borås (Information on the supper will be updated later. Supper is not included in the registration fee to the seminar.)

Söndag, 29th, January
10.00-12.00 Träning
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15-00 Träning

Borås Aikidoklubb can be found in the heart of Borås with many options for hotels nearby. There is also the option of staying in the dojo itself. The address of the dojo is Yxhammargatan 28. Over the entrance path to the dojo is a sign that says "Friggahallen". Turn down that entranceway and you will find the door to the dojo on the left hand side with the name of the dojo on the door.

There are numerous parking options very close to the dojo. The parking meters that are on the road in front of the dojo only last for two hours so you must remember to renew your permit before it expires.The changing rooms in the dojo are very small so, if possible, please come dressed for the seminar. Two showers (1 male, 1 female) are available for use afterwards.

Please contact Sam Elmore at +46 72 52 770 07 or via email at

We at Tostared Aikikai are looking forward to celebrating our Anniversary with all of our Aikido friends, both old and new, in Borås in January!

1000 kronor för båda dagarna eller 700 kronor för en dag vuxen
500 kronor för båda dagarna eller 300 kronor för en dag barn som är 13 eller aldre

Betalning sker i förskott till bankgirokonto. Ange ditt fullständiga namn och dojo namn och SHIHAN17 med betalningen.

Bankgiro# 778-1271

Lördag den 28 januari
10.00-12.00 Träning
12.00-13.30 Lunch
13.30-16.00 Träning
18.00-? Middag med Shihan i Borås (informationen om middag kommer senare men det ingår inte med avgiften till seminarium)

Söndag den 29 januari
10.00-12.00 Träning
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15-00 Träning

Borås Aikidoklubb hittas i hjärtat av Borås på Yxhammargatan 28. Där finns ett stort utbud av boende nära dojon. Det finns också mojlighet att söva över i dojon om man vill. Över entrén till dojon finns det en skylt där det står “Friggahallen”. När du gått genom ingången hittar du dörren till dojon på vänster sida.

Det finns gott om parkeringsplatser i närheten av dojon. På parkeringsplatserna på gatan närmast dojon får man endast stå i två timmar. Viktigt att komma ihåg att förnya parkeringsbiljetten innan den går ut. Då det är begränsat utrymme för omklädning vore det bra om man kan komma ombytt till seminariet. Det finns 2 duschar (1 för män och 1 för kvinnor) som man kan använda efter träning.

Vid frågor kontakta Sam Elmore på
Mobilnummer: +46 72 52 770 07

Vi från Tostared Aikikai ser fram emot att fira våran 5:e år jubileum med alla våra Aikido kompisar, både gamla och nya, i Borås i januari.

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