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This summer, join Aikido Doyukai Hong Kong in their Aikido Fellowship Southeast Asia Seminar. Held in Bangkok, Thailand in an upscale hotel, the seminar features two of the most experienced and respected Aikido instructors in the world. After a short time joining this seminar, you will gather a significant knowledge of the martial arts, meet new friends and sensei who share your same passion, and get to explore Bangkok - one of the most amazing cities in the world.
4 days/3 nights accommodation at the Bangkok Cha-da Hotel is included in the package price (although the actual seminar activities will only take place in 2 days). You have the choice of shared twin room or single private room.
The seminar takes place between September 23 and 25, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. It features 2 of the most experienced and respected Aikido instructors - Shihan Yosumitsu Yamada and Motohiro Fukakusa, both are 8th dan Aikikai.
Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido has not competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature.
Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, according to the proficiency level of each skill and repeatedly practice so anyone can practice. Aikido training is not only good for health, but also develops self-confidence naturally for daily life. The dojo is a ideal place to deepen the understanding of the human eye, to meet people regardless of age, sex and occupation.
Sixty years have passed since the spread of Aikido overseas began. During this time, Aikido has become established in 130 countries. Aikido has taken root all over the world because it is recognized as a way to train the mind and body, and as such, its value extends beyond race and border. As a result of overseas promotion activities, in 1976, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was established, the General Assembly of the Federation has been held every four years.
In 1984, the International Aikido Federation became official member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Voluntary activities by international organizations and leaders dispatched by Japan Government Foundation, Leaders dispatched by Senior Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Youth of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also become active. Aikido is expected internationally now as a new culture of humanity in the 21st century.
Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.
Aikido Doyukai Hong Kong is dedicated to the practice of Aikido in Hong Kong. They were established with the premise of providing quality instruction for practicing and developing Aikido under the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder and the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
Aikido is characterized as a soft, yet powerful martial art. It is the Founder’s teaching that there is no competition; Aikido is budo and not a sport. Anyone can practice Aikido regardless of age or physical strength requirements. The purpose of Aikido is to allow as many different people to practice together as possible: men and women, young and old, weak and strong to develop their potential through practicing together.
It is not unusual to see children and parents training together. In Japan, the ratio between male and female practitioners is 50/50. People usually continue to train in their 80s and beyond!
Aikido Doyukai Hong Kong is a direct connection dojo of Aikikai Foundation and Aikido World Headquarters under Doshi Moriteru Ueshiba. Nagai Sensei, the chief instructor, trained intensively for more than 20 years in Funabashi Aikido Doyukai in Japan under Endo Sensei and Shimizu Sensei. At Aikido Doyukai Hong Kong, not only does Nagai Sensei devotes his time and energy to teaching everyone in each class. In addition to a number of expatriate Japanese, their dojo is blessed with a community of practitioners enriched by a broad range of cultural, ethnic, experience, and background.
Aikido Doyukai Hong Kong offers practitioners the benefit of training in a traditional Japanese dojo where ethics and self development of each practitioner are emphasized. Their goal is to create a safe training atmosphere where beginners and practitioners can explore, discover and learn from each other both inside and outside the dojo.
The seminar will take place at the Bangkok Cha-da Hotel - a 4-star hotel in the heart of Bangkok.
Bangkok is an exciting and vibrant city of over 12 million people. The greater metropolitan area of Bangkok extends for more than 32 kilometers (20 miles) in all directions. Situated in the central plains of Thailand, on the Chao Phraya River near the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok is Thailand's administrative, economic, and cultural center, as well as a major commercial and transportation hub for South-east Asia.
You need not travel far in Bangkok to find the trappings of modern civilization give way to historical treasures and traditional culture and heritage. A rich history, fabulous shopping, colorful night life, sumptuous food, and plenty of fun. Although Bangkok, one of the largest cities in the world is crowded, fast paced and rather polluted, you can easily find the traditional and spiritual side at one of the many ancient temples.
One visit to Bangkok is seldom enough. It is a city that will whet the appetite of those with an inquisitive nature and a thirst for adventure. There are unending contrasts around every corner, Bangkok is truly unique. Despite the traffic congestion, its not hard to get around by using the BTS Skytrain, the MRT Metro (subway, or underground), the Chao Phrya Express Boats (river buses), and the ubiquitous colorful taxis.
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Daily breakfast at the hotel is included in the price, as well as 2 lunch buffets during the 2 days of the seminar. Other meals (including dinners for the duration of the seminar) will be taken care of by the participants. There are a lot of choices nearby, and participants can take this opportunity to explore the explosive and delicious cuisine of Thailand.
Explore Bangkok: temples, Grand Palace, Khao San road, Silom area, Chao Phraya river taxi, etc.
Arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Don Meung Airport (DMK). From there, take a taxi to the hotel venue. The trip should cost around 300 THB.