Aikido of Hilo will be hosting John Stevens Sensei for its annual Osensei Memorial Seminar on the weekend of April 26 and 27. Stevens is a 7th degree black belt in aikido and a world-renowned master instructor. He was a noted professor of Buddhist Studies at Tohoku Fukushi University, in Sendai, Japan and has written over 30 books on Aikido, Buddhism and Asian culture. Stevens will teach aikido classes on both days at the Aikido of Hilo dojo located at 29 Shipman Street in Hilo.
The public is invited to a free public lecture on “The Life of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and the Origins of Aikido” on Saturday at 3:00 pm as well as a Zenga (Zen brush art) class on Sunday at 3:00 pm. Both events, taught by Stevens, will be at the Aikido of Hilo dojo. The lecture is free and there is a $20 fee for the Zenga class.
Every year, aikido dojos around the world commemorate the passing of the Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, Osensei, which took place April 26, 1969.
Developed early in the 20th century, aikido principles were so profound and its martial art techniques so effective that there was tremendous public demand. In the 1950s, aikido teachings were made public and have spread to become popular worldwide.
“Aikido is an art of peace and reconciliation. It’s important to have teachers like Stevens Sensei reinforce principles that we can all practice in the dojo and our daily lives”, said Aikido of Hilo Chief Instructor Barbara Klein. For more information about the free public lecture, Zenga or taking aikido classes please call 935-2454.