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1 Week Aikido Summer Camp in New Jersey, USA

  • Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey

Aikido Summer Camp in New Jersey, USA

Join United States Aikido Federation in their Annual Summer Camp where you will have the opportunity to train with experienced and respected instructors, learn new techniques, study about the martial arts, and make new friends. This year, there are a diversity of certified instructors to bring the new styles and change to the camp. The focus of this year's camp will be on the next generation of instructors, and thus, a similar idea and approach to the camp. You will surely get first class training and lot of disciplined fun.

Highlights

  • Training daily
  • Dan testing included
  • Training with experienced instructors
  • Non-technical committee classes from new generation of instructors
  • Night banquet on last day of camp
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will have the chance to get discounted rates to stay at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. Since the camp takes place at the same location, staying at Stockton will ensure you have the best condition and convenience to guarantee focus on training.

Schedule

Sunday July 31:

8:00 - 8:50: Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50: Yamada Sensei's session

10:00 - 10:50: Osawa Sensei's session

11:00 - 11:50: Peter B's session

12:00 - 13:50: Lunch

14:00 - 15:50: Sessions by Shidoin

16:00 - 16:50: Osawa Sensei's session

17:00 - 18:00: Andy D.'s session

19:00: Dinner

Monday August 1:

6:00 - 7:30: Steve P.'s session

8:00 - 8:50: Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50: Osawa Sensei's session

10:00 - 10:50: Yamada Sensei's dan rank

11:00 - 11:50: Osawa Sensei's session

12:00 - 13:50: Lunch

14:00 - 15:50: Sessions by Shidoin

16:00 - 16:50: Yamada Sensei's session

17:00 - 18:00: Bob Z.'s session

19:00: Dinner

Tuesday August 2:

6:00 - 7:30: Mike A.'s session

8:00 - 8:50: Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50: Yamada Sensei's session

10:00 - 10:50: Osawa Sensei's session

11:00 - 11:50: Yamada Sensei's session

12:00 - 13:50: Lunch

14:00 - 15:50: Sessions by Shidoin

16:00 - 16:50: Osawa Sensei's session

17:00 - 18:00: Harvey K.'s session

19:00: Dinner

Wednesday August 3:

6:00 - 7:30: Shidoin's session

8:00 - 8:50: Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50: Osawa Sensei's session

10:00 - 10:50: Harvey K.'s session

11:00 - 14:50: Dan testing

15:00 - 15:50: Osawa Sensei's session

16:00 - 16:50: Yamada Sensei's session

17:00 - 18:00: Peter B.'s session

19:00: Dinner

Thursday August 4:

6:00 - 7:30: Steve P.'s session

8:00 - 8:50: Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50: Waka Sensei's session

10:00 - 10:50: Osawa Sensei's dan rank

11:00 - 11:50: Waka Sensei's session

12:00 - 13:50: Lunch

14:00 - 15:50: Sessions by Shidoin

16:00 - 16:50: Yamada Sensei's session

17:00 - 18:00: Claude B.'s session

19:00: Dinner

Friday August 5:

6:00 - 7:30: Yamada Sensei's session

8:00 - 8:50: Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50: Waka Sensei's session

10:00 - 10:50: Osawa Sensei's dan rank

11:00 - 11:50: Waka Sensei's session

12:00 - 13:50: Lunch

14:00 - 15:50: Sessions by Shidoin

16:00 - 16:50: Osawa Sensei's session

17:00 - 18:00: Donovan W.'s session

19:00: Banquet and party

Sunday August 6:

8:00 - 8:50: Osawa Sensei

9:00 - 9:50: Waka Sensei

10:00 - 10:50: Yamada Sensei

Aikido

Overview

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 no competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skills, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature.

Features of Aikido

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.

Aikido Worldwide

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.

Aikikai Foundation

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.

Aikikai Aikido World Headquarters

  • Establishment of Aikido schools, publication of books and newspapers about Aikido (Japanese and English).
  • Establishment of branch dojos, dispatching of instructors to domestic and foreign regions and dojos management.
  • Organization of Aikido public demonstrations and workshops.
  • Other activities related to the dissemination of Aikido in general.

Other Organizations that promote and spread the development of Aikido

  • International Aikido Federation (IAF Established in 1976)
  • All-Japan Aikido Federation (Established in 1976)
  • Ministry of Defense Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National Student Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National High School Aikido Federation (Established in 2002)

United States Aikido Federation

The United States Aikido Federation (USAF) is a not-for-profit organization, providing both technical and administrative guidance and support to its members. The USAF not only oversees the practice of Aikido and its instruction as established by Hombu dojo, the international headquarters in Japan, but also develops and maintains rigorous technical standards, while advancing and promoting the practice of Aikido through various activities.

The USAF registers Dan grades directly with Hombu headquarters, while standardizing all ranking requirements consistent with Hombu’s international regulations. The USAF also organizes, promotes and conducts Aikido demonstrations and international seminars, encourages activities of member dojos, and researches, studies, and publishes information and materials pertaining to Aikido.

The direction and management of the USAF is under the governance of a Board of Directors, a Technical Committee, numerous sub-committees, and a Director of Operations. The Chairman of the Technical Committee and President of the Board of Directors is Yoshimitsu Yamada, Shihan, Chief Instructor of New York Aikikai. Yamada Sensei leads the USAF with a profound understanding of Aikido and its history.

His ability to touch the spirit of and inspire those he teaches is felt both near and far. Under Yamada Sensei’s leadership, the primary focus and priority of the USAF Board and Committees is to maintain a unity through technical standards for all members, to create a strong cohesion between and accessibility to senior instructors of Aikido world-wide, and to implement a clear pathway for the continuity of our high standards of practice.

The USAF does not advocate, support, or practice unlawful discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.

USAF History

In 1964, the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba or O-Sensei, dispatched one of his uchi-deshi (live in students) at the Hombu Dojo (Aikido World Headquarters) to New York City in answer to the request of a small group of enthusiasts eager to learn the traditional art of Aikido. The arrival of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei was soon followed by Mitsunari Kanai Sensei, Akira Tohei Sensei and Kazuo Chiba Sensei, whose efforts and teachings led to the formation of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), a national not-for-profit organization and the sole United States representative to the International Aikido Federation.

Though the USAF was incorporated in 1976, the arrival of these Sensei to the United States spanned many years, starting in 1964 and ending in 1981. The USAF was made up of regional federations under the umbrella organization. Yamada Sensei settled in New York City in 1964 at the New York Aikikai, the future Headquarters for the USAF. Kanai Sensei became Chief Instructor of New England Aikikai in Cambridge, MA in 1966.

Yamada and Kanai Sensei headed the Eastern Region of the USAF. Akira Tohei Sensei came to Chicago in 1972 and established the Midwest Aikido Federation. In 1975, Tohei Sensei founded the Midwest Aikido Center and the Midwest Region then joined the USAF. Upon Chiba Sensei’s arrival to the states in 1981, he settled in San Diego, creating San Diego Aikikai and heading the Western Region of the USAF.

These Sensei, along with Sadao Yoshioka Sensei of Hawaii Aikikai, formed the USAF Shihankai (teaching committee) in 1982 to administer the new "regions." In 1987, Seichii Sugano Sensei, also an uchi-deshi of O-Sensei who had previously taught Aikido throughout Australia, and Belgium, joined Yamada Sensei at the New York Aikikai.

This unique formula of the regionalized USAF, with its distinct and vital instructors throughout the country, led to the rapid growth of the USAF membership. It was a rare opportunity for students in such a vast country to have close access to the spirit and intent of O-Sensei through the teachings of these men. Each Shihan portrayed his own unique style and personality, though they shared a dedication to spread O-Sensei’s Aikido.

The spirit and quality of their instruction attracted a following of students that often spanned the country and crossed regional lines. These students were in turn motivated to start dojo and pass on what they had learned, thereby forming a nucleus of the USAF that was directly linked to O-Sensei.

In 2005, the USAF Board and Shihankai unanimously voted to unify the regions, with the goal of creating a durable centralized organization that would survive its remaining founders and continue the spirit and quality of Aikido as envisioned by O-Sensei. With over 4,000 members and 200 dojos, the USAF is now governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from many parts of the country, and a Technical Committee overseeing testing and teaching requirements.

Effective January 1, 2016 Yamada Sensei acts as both the Technical Advisor and Chief Instructor of the USAF. It is with great appreciation that the USAF remembers its leaders, Yoshioka Sensei who passed away in 1990, Tohei Sensei who passed away in 1999, Kanai Sensei who passed away in 2004, Sugano Sensei who passed away in 2010 and Chiba Sensei who passed away in 2015. Their students and heritage remain an integral part of the USAF.

The USAF maintains friendly relationships with other Aikido based organization as part of its role as the US representative to the International Aikido Federation. It also has strong relationships with dojo in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. A bright future for Aikido in the United States is as vital to the USAF as its history. A direct lineage to O-Sensei and close relations with Hombu Dojo and Doshu (world leader of Aikido) enhance the unique qualities of the USAF.

USAF Mission

The United States Aikido Federation (USAF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to spreading and maintaining the Japanese martial art of Aikido as created and exemplified by it’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba. As the largest Aikido organization in America and the official U.S. representative to the International Aikido Federation, the USAF strives to promote goodwill and friendship among members of the USAF and other Aikido organizations around the world.

By developing and guiding the practice and instruction of Aikido in accordance with Aikido World Headquarters, Hombu Dojo, and with members and instructors spanning many generations, nationalities and origins, the USAF supports and encourages positive practice and technical proficiency to ensure the future preservation of traditional Aikido. The USAF promotes relationships based on respect and openly welcomes all newcomers eager to learn Aikido.

  • Yoshimitsu Yamada

    Yoshimitsu Yamada (born February 17, 1938) is an aikido instructor. He is ranked 8th dan in the Aikikai and is the chief instructor at the dojo New York Aikikai.

This year’s USAF summer camp will once again take place at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, located at 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey USA. There, you will get the opportunity to enjoy first class facilities and training.

Activities
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course
  • Gym
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
Services
  • ATM / banking
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Wireless internet

Food is included in the package and hotel discounted price. You will have 3 meals per day, including one banquet on Friday night.

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Training daily
  • Airfare travel
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Atlantic City International Airport (ACY).