Manning Park Gasshuku 2, May 2019

CAA dojos were honored to receive guidance from Hombu Dojo instructor, Katsurada Shihan. An amazing and intimate opportunity to take our Aikido to another level.

The first article to the right is Katsurada Shihan's report, posted in the Hombu Dojo monthly newsletter.

The second article was submitted by Katsurada Shihan, a reflection on his trip to Canada. The English translation is below.

Overseas Instruction - Canada

"Off to the dojo of Tony Hind Sensei, my memorable sempai from my time living at Hombu Dojo".

Submitted by Aikido Hombu Dojo Instructor, Shihan Eiji Katsurada.

Approximately a year ago the International Office informed me that there was a request from Tony Hind Sensei to visit Canada.

In the three and a half years I lived in Hombu Dojo I practiced very often with my sempai's Fujimaki Hiroshi Shihan and Anthony Hind (Tony Hind Sensei). When I heard that name I naturally froze, couldn't help myself. Katsurada reacting like Pavlov's dog! That's how I felt as I wondered why I was invited. "What is my fate?" I thought as I accepted the request.

Tony Sensei's organization, the Canadian Aikido Association, is based in Vancouver with 9 dojos in 7 cities. Tony Sensei and Greg Duncan are the leaders. Greg is the same age as me and we practiced often at Hombu Dojo.

Tony Sensei lived for fourteen years in Japan and after that traveled back and forth for ten years. Greg lived in Japan for 8 years. He is 140 kilos (300 lbs) and 180 centimeters (6 ft tall). I don't know the circumstances but in Greg's personal history he holds the record for breaking the most pigs' necks!

Greg met me at the airport wearing army pants. (as expected, he's scary). We spent the night at Tony Sensei's joined by Kan Tateno who trains at Hombu and Art May from Hawaii. We first enjoyed various tasty local beers. It was good. I was told, "We have Canadian vodka" but as I go to Russia two or three times a year I didn't want to drink Vodka in Canada as Canada is not famous for Vodka . But, "when In Rome, do as the Romans do". I wanted to refuse, however I bent to my sempai's unspoken pressure and combined with jet lag I was forced to retire to my room!

During practice, everyone from white belts to black belts were polite and nice. Both tori and uke had wonderful attitudes towards practice and showed great ability. Perhaps it was because their Senseis are so scary!

They will definitely rank as one of the top groups compared to the other dojos I have visited.

I am deeply grateful to Tony Sensei and all the people involved for making my trip great.


Hind/Solomon in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Aikikai welcomed Technical Director, Tony Hind and Weapons Specialist Yahe Solomon for 3 days of weapons practise. Tony and Yahe were together at Homb Dojo.


Manning Park Gasshuku, May 2018

Manning Park, BC hosted CAA dojos from as far away as Winnipeg, for a weekend of practise.


Keith Durrant Seminar

The group was very lucky to attend a special seminar instructed by Technical Director, Tony Hind's friend Keith Durrant. An advanced Judoka, Keith did a day long seminar on chokes and controls.


Hope Invitational

The goal of the Hope Invitational aikido seminar is to foster friendship and promote aikido in an inclusive, fun, and safe environment. We invite senior instructors from various organizations and affiliations in order to promote collaboration in practice. We are fortunate to have hosted senior instructors from the CAF including Ishiyama, McPhail, and St.Germain Senseis. We have also been fortunate to have the instruction of Posluns Sensei from the USAF, Tamami Sensei from Shoheijuku, Art May Sensei from Aikido of Honolulu, and our own Tony Hind Sensei from the CAA.

The 1st Hope Invitational was held July 23rd, 2011 in beautiful Hope, B.C. at the confluence of two rivers between the Coast mountain range and Cascade mountain range. Hope is a gateway destination to British Columbia's most diverse scenery. It's all too easy to bypass this small, vibrant community but savvy aikidoists know to stay awhile. $25 got you three classes, a barbecue and pints to celebrate the start of something great.


The 2nd Annual was hosted on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 by Fraser Valley Aikikai in Abbotsford a short distance away from the Coastal Mountains. Sprawling farmland and the imposing Fraser River provided an ideal setting for the after-party in Mission featuring a whole suckling BBQ pig, nomihodai (bottomless pints) and live music.


The 3rd Annual in July 2013 was held on Thetis Island, home of our amazing host Little Island Aikikai. Located in the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland of B.C., island life on Thetis is relaxed, rural and peaceful. We awoke to locally produced artisan goat cheese, breads, herbs and freshly roasted coffee. This three-day event led to us getting the coveted Islander status, a title rarely given to outsiders.


The 4th Annual in July 2014 was headquartered in a valley of stunning beauty at the Zupan Family Estate in Osoyoos. Participants pitched tents on this waterfront acreage which is framed by sunny blue skies, vineyards, and orchards. After Friday and Saturday classes we dove into the warmest fresh water lake in Canada followed by wine master John Zupan’s finest award winning wines and private reserve worm wood grappa!


The 5th was postponed due to the Miyamoto Shihan seminar.


The 6th annual was held in West Vancouver. Shaded by cedars and alders with the sounds of a running brook in the background, this unique outdoor "dojo" made for a great venue. The after party, which made "The Top Ten Things To Do this Summer on Vancouver's North Shore", featured authentic slow cooked Cuban style pulled pork and craft beers.

Seminar featured Robert Mustard and many Yoshinakn Aikidoka.

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